Archive for March, 2014

Recruiters – Find Emails Using Google

Monday, March 17th, 2014

We’ve all been there, right?  We have come across the perfect candidate on LinkedIn, we’re out of InMails or don’t want to shell out the money for them in the first place.

Is this the end of the road?  Absolutely not!  What I’m about to show you isn’t completely foolproof, but it will provide you with enough information to be able to make an educated guess at what your “perfect” candidate’s email address is.

Here’s how it works….

As an example, let’s say we found the profile for John Doe on LinkedIn and John currently is a Software Engineer at Qwest in Denver (at least for now- until the CenturyLink acquisition is official).

The first thing you need is the company’s domain name as this is typically the same as their email addresses.  In this instance, I already know that Qwest’s domain is

Once I have that, I plug the following search string into Google:  “email**”

Keep in mind that the * operator is a placeholder in Google, so you may have to experiment with the number of asterisks you use in the search string.  I always start out with two and then go to one and then three if I don’t find what I’m looking for.  Also, the quotations are important.  Don’t forget to add them!

So you may be asking yourself….what exactly am I looking for?  What I’m looking for are a couple of email addresses for individuals at Qwest.  They don’t necessarily have to be the exact person I am looking for, but if I find a couple of email addresses with which I can corroborate how they have set up their email aliases (e.g., first name.last name @, I can assume with a high degree of certainty what the email address is going to be for the person I am looking for

Here’s what I found using “email**”:

Google Email Search Results

Even though I didn’t find the specific email address for John Doe, I was able to figure out that their alias is typically which, in this case, would likely be

I would venture to guess that, when using this technique, I get the email address correct at least 85-90% of the time.  However, there will be instances in which companies add a person’s middle initial to their email alias (e.g.,  When that happens, there is not much you can do if you don’t know the middle initial, but the good news is I don’t run across that very often.

Happy hunting!


Our guest blogger, Travis Scott, is a Talent Sourcer at Microsoft