Looking for contact details of passive candidates is one of recruiting’s biggest challenges. Boolean search can help recruiters find email addresses on Google. Experiment with our Boolean search string for email addresses and modify them to build your own email finder.
Build generic Boolean search strings
Imagine you want to source a Java Developer. Look for resumes online by modifying a generic string:
(intitle:resume or intitle:cv) “Java developer” Chicago (Illinois OR IL)
You can also find profiles on social media, by modifying this generic string:
site:github.com “joined on” “Java developer” Chicago
Get more relevant results and reduce false positives, by adding:
- -job -jobs -sample -examples, to avoid irrelevant results
- (“Java developer” OR “Java programmer”) to cover variations of the same job title
You will find many resumes and profiles with these strings. You can contact those candidates through their social profiles or use Boolean search to look them up on job board candidate databases. But, having their email address would be more useful.
When sourcing EU candidates, please refer to guidance on using social media for recruiting and collecting candidate information as per the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR.
Boolean search for email addresses
(intitle:resume or intitle:cv) “Java developer” Chicago (Illinois OR IL) (email OR contact) -jobs -job -template -sample
site:meetup.com “member since” “Java developer” email
Find email addresses by domain
Search for emails in online resumes
(intitle:resume or intitle:cv) “Java developer” gmail.com -jobs -job -sample -templates
(intitle:resume or intitle:cv) “Java developer” (gmail.com OR yahoo.com OR hotmail.com) -job -jobs -templates -samples
Search for emails on online profiles, like Stack Overflow
site:stackoverflow.com/users “Java developer” (gmail.com OR yahoo.com OR hotmail.com)
Search for candidates’ email addresses by country
Try different domains in your Boolean strings for email addresses to cover a wider range of candidates across the globe. Find different domains by country, here. Here’s an example of searching emails by country:
Search for UK email addresses
(intitle:resume or intitle:cv) “Java developer” co.uk email -job -jobs -templates -samples