Revving Up the Engines: Bulls Eye

Recently, a lot of you have asked me about meta-search engines like Dogpile. They’re terrific when you’re looking for general information – not so cool when you need passive candidates. The art of finding passive candidates on the Internet is in how well you build your search query. Most meta-search engines don’t allow for sufficiently complex queries to make them worth your while; most experienced Internet recruiters avoid them. At the same time, as more people become search pros, they want to boost their abilities-seeking tools or techniques that will further separate them from their competitors. For you, a meta-search utility called BullsEye may be what you need. Meta-search utilities send queries to multiple search engines, then sort the results for you. They often let you download the results to your machine for offline browsing. BullsEye does this – and more. You can query 200 databases if you’re so inclined. You can search within a specific time frame. If you’re a poor speller or clumsy typist, use its spell check ability. If you’re tired, fresh out of new ways to search, or just need a helping hand, ask it to give you homonyms and words related to your search. The Pro version is even more useful. While you can save search results as an HTML page for easy browsing in either version, the Pro version lets you track your searches. This means you can program BullsEye to automatically conduct the same search repeatedly over any period of time, and it will pull back only the NEW pages it finds. The Pro version also monitors changes in URLs of your choosing. You can download BullsEye Pro for a free 30-day demo. The cost of the vanilla version is $49; the Pro version is $149.00 Both work on Windows 95/98 and NT. Next Week: Personal Pages Plus

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Jennifer Hicks, a seasoned Internet researcher who writes extensively on the use of the Internet for job hunters and recruiters, is a contributor to AIRS research. The AIRS Search Guide acts as your personal trainer, guiding you through our Advanced Internet Recruitment Strategies (AIRS) in a highly illustrated offline magazine. Each issue is full of new sourcing strategies, search examples, step-by-step procedures, and AIRS latest research for finding high-value passive candidates on the Internet. Contact AIRS at


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