I think that those that are most successful in recruiting are typically people who are pretty cheap by nature. The reason? There is only so much information you can get from paid resources and when you have to get outside of the box that means finding free toys to play with and cheap people seek out free by nature.
Today we are going to look at three free resume databases that you can tap into plus throw out one bonus item just to give all of the cheapo’s out there the feeling that they came away with a really good bargain.
Now, I know that as soon as this post goes live there will be many people who will say one of the following so I wanted to give my response (in red) before they even have the chance.
- If you know how to search google the whole internet is a resume database. True but not every position requires a dive to the Mariana Trench to find a candidate.
- There are a ton of free resume databases out there. Again, true but what good is it to open a water hose on someone who has never taken a sip from a water fountain before?
- Will this change my life? No, but if you even pretend to be competent at your job you need to cover all of your bases.
- You do know that you don’t have to include the AND operator when using Google don’t you (said in the snobbiest of sourcing snob voices)? Yes I do know but for those that don’t know an AND operator from an OR one it’s easier to understand.
- Why should I use these if I can use Monster, Careerbuilder, etc? Because not everyone posts their resumes there.
So without further adieu here are three free resume databases for you:
What you aren’t excited? Oh, you want to know how to search them as well?
By using the site: operator in your favorite search engine you can tap into the resumes posted in all three sites.
In Emurse site:emurse.com AND (“java” OR “j2ee”) AND (“engineer” OR “developer”) AND (“new york city” OR “nyc”) -inurl:jobs you come up with 43 solid results.
Not all are perfect and 43 is not a huge number but it is 43 more than you had before we did the search.
With VisualCV if you search site:visualcv.com AND (“java” OR “j2ee”) AND (“engineer” OR “developer”) AND (“new york city” OR “nyc”) you come back with 16 results (as seen below). That doesn’t set the world on fire but that is 16 people you might not have found anywhere else.
With DevBistro you can go down the Google route (site:devbistro.com AND keywords) but they offer a very easy way to search resumes out (hint – its circled in red below).
So here we go with our bonus item (I can here the faint sound of a drum role in the background). If you have exhausted your local search and want to take things in a different direction you can search out people on LinkedIn who are willing to relocate.
If I wanted to find Java developers who were willing to relo I could search site:www.linkedin.com AND inurl:pub -inurl:dir (“java” OR “j2ee”) AND (“engineer” OR “developer”) AND (“open * relocation” OR “open * relocate” OR “will * relocate” OR “willing * relocate” OR “able * relocate” OR “ability * relocate” OR “ready * relocate”) and it comes back with 293 results.
Hopefully you can find a whole mess of potential candidates using free resources this week and going into 2012!
What are your favorite free databases? What are your go to free resources?
Until next time good hunting and good luck!