What IT recruiters know about you -- whether you're looking or not

New tools let recruiters mine the social Web to discover and rate tech talent, even before anyone goes looking for a job.

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So it's important to understand when comparing services not just which sites the service includes in its search results, but what gets indexed and analyzed from those sites and what doesn't.

These services are available by subscription; you pay for use of the tool, not by the search or according to the number of names returned.

Prices range from $6,000 per year per seat for TalentBin, to $349/month for RemarkableHire, to $8,400/year ($700/month) for Gild Source. Gild also offers a 90-day license for $2,700 or $900/month.

The startups are benefitting from a growing trend in recruiting. In response to the high demand for high-tech talent, many large organizations have assembled sourcing teams. These are specialized recruiting groups that look for highly qualified people, which include "passive candidates" who aren't necessarily looking for a job, says Sarah White, principal strategist with Sarah White Associates, an analysis firm that specializes in recruiting technology.

She thinks the idea could spread well beyond just recruiting software engineers. "Two years ago these product didn't even exist, but we are already seeing it go beyond the developer and software engineering area" to other technical disciplines and even sales and marketing, she says.

TalentBin HR mining
TalentBin displays a list of Web profiles from which it has indexed information about the subject's activity. In some cases, such as Twitter, Stack Overflow and the U.S. Patent Database, TalentBin has fully indexed the content. With others, such as LinkedIn, it includes a pointer to the resource but has not indexed the content.
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