Posted on March 12th, by Sourcing Ninja in Online Tools. No Comments

I came across this online scraping tool a few months ago but to be honest I haven’t had a chance to properly trial it out. It definately seems worth exploring – imagine being able to scrape LinkedIn or another online database for names along with employer name, job title and contact details and having it all automatically exported into Excel (formatted) in just a matter of minutes. What a time saver!

Ask Sourcing Ninja: What is the Deep Web?

Posted on March 11th, by Sourcing Ninja in Knowledge Base. 5 comments
Ask Sourcing Ninja: What is the Deep Web?

Dear Sourcing Ninja,

Today I met a recruiter and he mentioned that he had access to something called the “Deep Web”. The recruiter tried to explain to me the difference between the normal internet I use and this secret dark web but I must admit I came out more confused than when I entered the meeting. Is there such a thing as the Deep web? If so then what is it and how do I go about navigating it?

-Skeptical HR

Reverse Engineer Private Profile

Posted on March 7th, by Sourcing Ninja in Hints & Tricks. 1 Comment

We’ve all experienced it before. We’re conducting a search on our LinkedIn profile, trawling through the results and we come across a profile that has the perfect background but alas, their profile has been set to private. The only clues left about their real identity are their ‘job title’ and ‘company’. Now I know what you’re thinking

Ask Sourcing Ninja: Why Use Different Search Engines?

Posted on March 6th, by Sourcing Ninja in Knowledge Base. 1 Comment

Dear Sourcing Ninja,

I’ve just started a new role as a Sourcing Specialist at an established Recruitment Agency. While they have a strong recruitment knowledge base, they have decided to open a new in-house sourcing function to leverage this growing trend of internet research. Although I’m new at this, I’ve found some researching tips which preach using difference search engines to find information. Aren’t all search engines the same – Why can’t I just ‘Google’ it?


Welcome to the Sourcing Ninja!

Posted on March 6th, by Sourcing Ninja in Main. No Comments
Welcome to the Sourcing Ninja! is now live… Hooray!

A big thanks to those who contributed some common questions during beta to get me going. I hope you find your visit both informative and entertaining. Please feel free to add your own experiences, thoughts/comments and suggestions to each post, I don’t pretend to be an expert, I’m just sharing my experiences – learning is a two way street.

I’m hoping to be able to post something new each week, but let’s face it, I’m probably going have a posting cycle closer to 2-3 times per month. This isn’t your daily digest but from time to time I will add additional posts when I get the chance.

If you’d like to contribute your own questions to Ask Sourcing Ninja, please feel free to email me at ken[at]