In our previous blog posting about cloud computing, we talked about the definition and the examples of cloud computing. Now we need to put together a search string that focuses solely on the companies and/or technologies that will lead us to candidates with cloud computing experience. How is this done? By following these steps:
- Start with www.answers.com – Most recruiters and sourcers have been using this site for a long time, but it’s still a good place to start your search. Most of your questions about technical topics will be answered here. Answers.com is meta-encyclopedia website. It collects topics from Computer Desktop Encyclopedia, Wikipedia, Acronym Finder, Merriam Webster and many others. When you search “cloud computing”, you get information about the technology (SaaS, PaaS, cloud platforms) and major providers (Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, etc.).Some of these names in the article are not good to put in a string. For example, instead of Google OR Microsoft, put in the cloud technologies they make: “Google App” OR “windows azure”. Same thing for Amazon, instead of mentioning the company, put in the platforms they use: EC2 OR S3. Also on the cloud computing page are lists of client software, server platforms, and cloud applications that are in existence. These can be added to the string as well. There are always some that are more esoteric than others, so test the keywords and only add the popular ones.
- Search for lists of providers/platforms of cloud computing in Google. This is another easy search to do. Running this search in Google (list of cloud service providers) will bring you to this page and give you lists of infrastructure providers and cloud platforms.Running a Google search for cloud apps (list of cloud applications) leads you to this page and gives you a nice list of cloud applications that companies provide to their users.Now we come up with a search string. We can’t put every single technology out there in the string, but we will but the most popular/most used technologies in the string:
(cloud OR cloud* OR “windows azure” OR amazon OR ec2 OR s3 OR huawei OR “google app” OR saas OR “software as a service” OR zoho OR nimbus OR netsuite OR “salesforce.com” OR sfdc)
The above string is for a job board search. For Google, it would be:
(cloud OR “windows azure” OR ec2 OR s3 OR huawei OR “google app” OR saas OR “software as a service” OR zoho OR nimbus OR netsuite OR “salesforce.com” OR sfdc)
NOTE: I took out Amazon from the keywords in the Google search, since there are so many pages that talk about Amazon in other contexts. That’s ok, we have their cloud technologies in the string (S3 and EC2).
Join us next time as we target developers who write about their experience with cloud computing.
Mark Tortorici is a seasoned staffing industry professional with over 14 years of experience in sourcing, recruiting, and training. As netPolarity’s Sourcing and Training Manager since June 2009, Mark is in charge of managing the sourcing team, devising new sourcing strategies, training recruiters and sourcers and training corporate staffing organizations. You can connect with Mark on LinkedIn and Twitter.