A Brief Guide to Finding Business Email Addresses

Email illustration - freeEditor’s note: My colleague, Jeremy Roberts, editor of SourceCon.com, recently discussed how to find business email addresses. A shortened version of his article is presented here.

I am sharing a list of resources and techniques that will help you find business email addresses.

Linksy.me – Linksy is a great place to start when searching for email addresses. Linksy generates possible email addresses based on a persons name, then cross-references those names with gravatar.com to see if the person has a gravatar account with a photo. If the person has a gravatar account, one can simply use that email address and initiate contact. If the user does not have a gravatar account, Linksy has generated a list of possible email addresses that can be tested using one the tools below.

Rapportive (free)– Rapportive for Gmail is a tool that has been mentioned previously on SourceCon. Below is a video that demonstrates how one can guess email addresses using Rapportive.

http://www.mailtester.com/ – test individual email address (free)

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http://www.briteverify.com/ – test a list of email addresses (there is a cost based on how many addresses are tested)

http://email-format.com/ – find the email format used by thousands of US companies

A post from the SourceCon archives discussing this issue

Finding personal addresses is a bit more complicated. What tool are you using to find business email addresses?

Jeremy Roberts, SPHR, is VP, Customer Experience at HiringSolved. He is the previous Editor of SourceCon. Prior to joining the ERE Media team, he spent over a decade working as a recruiter, sourcer, and sourcing manager. This time was spent in diverse environments, including third party agency settings (retained and contingent), recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) providers, and internal corporate HR departments. His previous employers include the MHA Group, Ajilon Finance, Korn Ferry Futurestep, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, and Randstad Sourceright, US. He resides in Corinth, TX with his wife and 3 children.


2 Comments on “A Brief Guide to Finding Business Email Addresses

  1. Undoubtedly, Rapportive is an amazing service that allows anyone to lookup for everyone’s email contact.
    But don’t you think it’s time consuming if you wish to find email for a larger database?

    Keeping that in mind, We have built a tool called eMail Prospector.
    Just type in the Name and Company and tool gets you the business email addresses in seconds. It’s pretty awesome.
    I work with the team, who has built eMail Prospector tool.

    You can try the tool for free here -> http://bit.ly/1aogbR4
    Know more about the tool -> http://www.egrabber.com/emailprospector

    Hope it helps in speeding things up!

  2. “http://www.briteverify.com/ – test a list of email addresses (there is a cost based on how many addresses are tested)” — I’ve heard of another service (https://proofy.io/), which is more professional checks email addresses.This is just my opinion

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