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How To Find Someone’s Email Address

How to Figure Out (Almost) Anyone's Email Address

Jason Alba, author of the Jibberjobber Blog.

Is your resume going into a black hole?

One reason may be that you’re sending it only to the “gatekeepers” – Human Resources staff, who see hundreds of resumes for each opening – and not directly to the hiring manager, with whom you would have less competition.

“How can I find the name of the hiring manager?”

Read my post “How to Get Past the Gatekeeper to the Hiring Manager.”

“How can I get his or her email address?”

Jason Alba has written such a good post about this in his Jibberjobber Blog, that with his permission I’m sharing it with you below.


How to Figure Out (Almost) Anyone’s Email Address

by Jason Alba


Here’s a question I get regularly… how do I figure out someone’s email if I can’t find it anywhere?

There are a bunch of tactics and theories, and much has been written on it.  Instead of duplicating anyone’s in-depth writeups, let me point you to a few cool resources:

YouTube video: Find an email address for almost anybody.     This guy points you to the Rapportive Gmail plugin PLUS a spreadsheet he probably created and shares with you to guess email addresses based on common formats.  Basically, you plug a name and company domain into the spreadsheet, then get a bunch of possible addresses, then you paste those into gmail and click through each one until you find one that looks like the right one.  It’s pretty clever, even though it will take some time.  Watch the five-minute video to see it in action (it’s worth your time, if you are trying to figure out how to get a good email address).

How to Find ANY Email Address Contact in 2 Minutes: This is the Rapportive trick explained step-by-step (without the spreadsheet from above).  It’s a great hack/idea.

How to Find Email Addresses: This post starts out talking about Rapportive (same as above), but then shares a tool called  This is a super-cool tool.  Looks geeky, and there’s a lot to ignore in the results, but it can be really helpful. There are other cool tools to check out on that post.

The Complete Guide To Finding Any Email Address: Tools, Tips, Tactics, And More: This starts out saying to please not use the Rapportive trick! I agree with a commenter that it has too many tools suggested with not enough info … but hey, if you are really wanting to crack this nut, here’s a nice list to spend your time on.

And then there is always the Jason Alba suggested method: figure out how to network into the person, and ask someone to send an email introduction.  In my experience, that has always been more successful at getting to the next step than a cold email from some dude named Jason Alba, who just happened to guess the right email address. (However, if you can’t do that, go for the cold email, and follow up with a phone call!)

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