Cross-Reference Candidates on LinkedIn With This FREE Tool for Sourcers and Recruiters

One of the most redundant tasks sourcers and recruiters experience each day is cross-referencing candidates in LinkedIn Recruiter that they’ve found from another source, or via an X-Ray search of LinkedIn. The problem is that once we identify a potential candidate, we have to open a new tab, copy the name and paste, OR type it into LinkedIn Recruiter, then execute another search. This is not time well spent.

So, to improve the speed and efficiency of our sourcing efforts, I created a Search/Cross-Reference Tool that I want to share with those who use LinkedIn.

Installation and usage instructions:

With your mouse/trackpad, drag the links below to your favorite browsers Bookmarks/Favorites toolbar.

Bookmarklet – LinkedIn Recruiter Search

For those without a LinkedIn Recruiter Account, use the following Bookmarklet.

Bookmarklet – Search

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To use, highlight the potential candidates first and last name listed on the web page where you identified them. (Google, MeetUp, Web Based ATS Systems and so on..)

Once you’ve highlighted the name, simply click on the Bookmarklet in your bookmarks toolbar. A new tab will open where the search will be executed.

And that’s it, very simple and very effective.

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Shane Bowen is an accomplished Technical Sourcer & Full-Cycle Recruiter leveraging 10+ years of experience developing and executing innovative and scalable recruiting strategies in both agency and corporate environments, including Microsoft and Amazon. Shane has an unparalleled passion for all things Talent Acquisition and sharing his expertise with peers and the next generation of recruiting professionals. If you would like to connect with Shane, please reach out via the following: LinkedIn, Twitter @ShaneABowen or shane [at]


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