You’ve heard it before. Perhaps you’ve even said it yourself or chanted it to your team, “The best recruits are passive candidates. After all, who wants some disgruntled employee?” And you’ve left no stone unturned in your search for them. You’ve made use of every association and organization on the Web, looking for those rare but wonderful pages of links to COBOL people, software whizzes and sales icons. You’ve canvassed competitors’ pages, dissected and analyzed incoming links, and sent out targeted, professional emails. And now your well is dry. It needn’t be for long. Take a look at Personal Pages on the Web, a service from the University of Texas. There is a listing of 250 personal page collections at colleges and universities worldwide. Now, think about this. You may not be interested in the pages of Britain’s Anglia Polytechnic University, but consider how they’ve organized (yes, organized) the personal pages of their students. You can locate them by school or department (law, applied sciences, chemistry, research, IT services, etc). Bucknell University, on the other hand, uses the typical alphabetical listing – by students’ last names. Sure, they have thousands of pages indexed, but unless you know who it is you’re looking for, you’ll probably be digging for a while. But then, there are places like the computer science department at North Dakota State University – which indexes the pages of faculty, students and alumni. And lets you search by keyword. And if you’re looking for more than entry-level workers, consider the alumni page at Yahoo!. It leads to such fascinating and lucrative places as the New York Institute of Technology’s Techlink Alumni newsletter – complete with names and occupations… And to the message boards at the University of Iowa’s alumni center that house a job search section (okay, these folks aren’t passive, but they do understand networking). The above search tips won’t bring you to the golden candidate automatically. It still takes a bit of tenacity, and a willingness to look at your search form varied perspectives – some of which are even out of the box.