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Bookmarklets from Glenn Gutmacher

If you have seen my presentations and wonder how I keep track of all the various search methods and associated boolean syntax, and how you can boost your productivity in order to do many types of recurring searches faster, then here's one of my secrets: Bookmarklets.

Bookmarklets are like web browser favorites/bookmarks on steroids. For more background, visit Bookmarklets.com (not geared to recruiting, but a good start to help you understand and apply them).

Bookmarklets don't just simply take you to a website -- they DO something beyond that, such that when you "arrive", search results have already been generated, information has been parsed, etc. It's because they have JavaScript code embedded in them. But they're safe to use on any computer (at least ours are; however, we cannot be held responsible, or provide support, for any installation difficulties or other issues that arise.). For example, drag this FindAllEmailsOnPage link into your web browser's bookmarks/favorites bar. From now on, when you visit any webpage that contains hyperlinked email addresses, click FindAllEmailsOnPage and it will automatically pull the list of email addresses for you.

Typically, a bookmarklet brings up a small prompt window asking you for certain information (e.g., search keywords, target domains or company names), and then runs everything else needed to display the results!

Bookmarklets are vital to sourcing productivity, and a key component to my "Internet Sourcing at Lightspeed" mini-seminars, and so I had to include some in my Advanced Online Recruiting Techniques course. But I've made them available free here as well.

Bookmarklet Combiner (hat tip to Aaron Lintz for turning me onto this resource many years ago) is still arguably the easiest, free way to share bookmarklets, the time-saving browser favorites/bookmarks that have Javascript embedded in them, used by many sourcers and other researchers. When you select a bookmarklet, it runs (and prompts you for any data needed). Going to Bookmarklet Combiner's homepage lets you create your own sets, but the right-hand side of the page explains how to use my starter sets.
How to install my free sets of bookmarklets
  1. In whatever browser you use, make sure your bookmarks/favorites bar is displaying (if not, in your main menu, go to View / Toolbars / Bookmarks bar)
  2. Click the link to the first bookmarket set (just below step 6) which will launch in a new tab.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of that page.
  4. Click, hold and drag the button there (the first set's button is called "BATSA Bookmarklets") up into your top bookmarks/favorites bar where you want these to be accessible and release your mouse.
  5. From now on, you just click "BATSA Bookmarklets" (or the name of whichever set you want) in your bookmarks/favorites bar to temporarily display all the bookmarklets in a vertical list along the left side of your browser, and then click the one bookmarklet in the list that you want to run.
  6. Repeat above steps for each additional set of free bookmarklets you want.

Set 1: BATSA bookmarklets (contact info finders)
Set 2: SOSU searchers (other search examples)
Set 3: Functional bookmarklets (productivity, not related to search)

  • These bookmarklets are not edited frequently, so some may no longer work. If you notice such an instance, let Glenn know which and he'll update it.

  • Some bookmarklets (particularly the ones that launch multiple browser tags) may trigger your browser's popup blocker. If you get an alert (usually a small red icon at the right edge of the browser's URL address bar) that your popup blocker prevented it from running, select the Allow radio button. You may have to select the bookmarklet again to run it.

  • If the above happens repeatedly for you, go to your browser's settings and add popular websites you use bookmarklets with to the list of popup blocker exceptions such as Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, etc.

  • you can organize (move or copy) bookmarklets just like favorites, so if you'd like to rearrange them, feel free. The easiest way is with your Bookmarks Manager (Chrome menu) or open your Favorites --> Links folder on your computer: Double-click My Computer, then C:\ drive, then Documents and Settings, then Favorites (note: this path may vary, depending on how your computer is configured).

  • I recommend you create subfolders within your Bookmarks/Favorites bar named Resume Search, Blog Search, etc., and you can drag relevant bookmarklets and other bookmarks/favorites into the appropriate folders (yes, you can mix bookmarklets with regular bookmarks). This becomes increasingly valuable as your bookmarklets collection increases over time.

  • To obtain new bookmarklets, ask your tech-savvy recruiting peers, or query a search engine for bookmarklet list (or substitute a specific keyword for list like LinkedIn if you want a bookmarklet related to a particular website) and you will find many more! Usually, you add new bookmarklets one of a few ways:
    1. if the bookmarklet is available over the web, you can simply right-mouse click on the link and select Add Bookmark or Add to Favorites. Make sure to navigate to your desired folder before clicking OK.
    2. some sites (like Bookmarklets.com) have bookmarklet generators and you can just drag it into your bookmarks/favorites bar (like the GetAllEmails one on this page)
    3. if someone sends you a bookmarklet, it's best to be contained within a text or zip file, because loose bookmarklets are otherwise favorites with a .url extension and tend to get corrupted/unusable when emailed. Then you can extract the contents appropriately.
    4. Or the method if you want to edit or create new bookmarklets based on existing ones, some JavaScript knowledge is recommended. You can learn this well with my intro PowerPoint presentation and related how-to content, including sample scripts.
    5. Last but not least, if you like learning via videos, the Facebook group Sourcers Who Code ran a series of webinars (recordings on YouTube here) which included one by me on bookmarklets.

This is an abbreviated version of the corresponding content from our popular Advanced Online Recruiting Techniques course, explaining methods and resources applicable to recruiting in any industry, function, geography or level. Learn more about or register for our live seminar or online course! Or return to free sample content.

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