5 Simple Hacks to Find Candidate Email Addresses in Under 5 Minutes


Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by David Khim, Growth Marketer at Sidekick by HubSpot. His opinions are his own.

Imagine this: You found the perfect candidate. Their portfolio is stunning. Their blog posts reflect a great personality and they seem like the perfect fit for the position.

In fact, if you ever needed a designer, you wouldn’t bother looking for anyone else. This person is working at a great company so they’re pre-vetted. Now you just need to get in touch.

You want to reach out … but you can’t find their email.

Sounds all too familiar, right?

In the past, you might have spent half an hour looking for a single email address … and end up empty-handed. Or maybe you used LinkedIn but haven’t heard back, indicating the user may not be checking their messages as frequently as you’d like.

Well we have some solutions for you. Here are five methods to find an email address. The best part is each method takes less than five minutes. Now you can easily get in touch and send that candidate an amazing opportunity. Let’s review each.

1. Browse their portfolio or website.

It sounds obvious, but it’s not always the easiest to find. Sometimes their about page and contact pages are hidden. In other cases, you might find the page but their email isn’t a link. Instead you might find “sam.smith [at] lonelyhour [dot] com.”

Take for example, my contact page has a link for my email, that’s easy to spot, and if you can’t spot it, there’s a contact form to fill out as well.

Browse their portfolio or website

Whereas, Brian Balfour’s about page tells you his email, but it’s easy to miss.

Brian Balfour’s about page tells you his email

2. Try Email Hunter.

Using Email Hunter, you can get a list of emails of people who work at a company in two steps:

  1. Type in the domain name
  2. Press “enter.”

Using Email Hunter, you can get a list of emails of people who work at a company

And you’ll get a list of emails from that domain like so …

list of emails from that domain

It’s almost too easy.

3. Try Voila Norbert.

All you have to do is put in their first and last name and the domain name. Norbert will do the rest. Like Email Hunter, Voila Norbert is most useful if you know where the candidate currently works.

Voila Norbert is most useful if you know where the candidate currently works.

It isn’t as useful if you’re trying to find a personal email. In which case, you can try your luck by putting “gmail.com” or “yahoo.com” as the domain.

4. Export email addresses from LinkedIn connections.

Here’s a trick to get someone’s email address if you’re connected on LinkedIn.

Log in to LinkedIn and from your homepage click on “Connections” at the top. Then click on the cog icon to the right of the screen. Finally, click on “Export LinkedIn Connections” on the right side. Export as a .CSV file.

Open the .CSV in Excel or Google Sheets and you’ll find the information from the profiles of all your contacts, including their email.


5. Reach out on Twitter.

If worst comes to worst and nothing works, you can always reach out to the person and let them know you’re interested in connecting. However, it’s important that you don’t immediately let them know you’re trying to recruit them. Take the networking approach and build a relationship.

Reach out on Twitter

You can’t afford to let a candidate go just because you couldn’t find an email to get in touch. Some methods can take up to 30 minutes to find an email. That’s inefficient.

How to find candidate email addresses just got a whole lot easier.