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Job Reconnaissance by More Josh & Beth Friedman

  
Job Reconnaissance by More Josh & Beth Friedman

  

Author:More, Josh & Beth Friedman
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 9780124166608
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Published: 2013-09-23T16:00:00+00:00


Professional Analysis

Analyzing people is a different matter from analyzing organizations. At this point, your focus should be on who you want as your new boss. Remember, you’re looking for a job that may not have been posted or even exist yet. You have to look for people with whom you’d work well. This requires having a decent feel for who works at the target organization and in which role. In a small business, you may be able to map out the entire organization. For large firms, this is not possible, so focus on the department or business unit in which you want to work. Attempt to figure out who your boss might be and what his or her team looks like. This is where the most powerful tool in the entire process comes in.

Maltego by Paterva may be found at www.paterva.com/web6/products/maltego.php. It is a downloadable Java application that comes in both commercial and free variants. The commercial version is available, at the time this book was written, for $650 for a one-year subscription. If you’re currently employed and looking for a better job, you can do far worse than invest in this tool, as the commercial version allows you to search much more quickly. If you’re not currently employed, you have a bit more available time, so the Community version will likely suffice. In either case, it is wise to start with the free Community version and get a feel for it first

Once you launch Maltego, you will be presented with either a “run a machine” dialog box or a blank graph, depending on the version you’re running. The “machines” are nothing more than scripted searches, but can save you a bit of time. You can do the same work yourself by creating objects and then searching through the “transforms.”

A transform, in Maltego, is a series of searches that can run from an object. For example, if you create a domain object, like “elsevier.com,” you can right-click and choose to get all DNS entries for it, get email addresses, find files or documents, etc. Each of these searches will return additional objects that can then be searched in turn. As you search further and further, you will find more and more data. This is good for basic company searches, but we’re also interested in people.

You have a list of email addresses that you’ve created, so this is where you start importing them. If you’re relatively nontechnical, you can just copy and paste until they’re all in, but if you’re comfortable with getting your hands a bit dirty, it’s relatively easy to create an XML file from your email address list and import it directly. To see the format, just manually create a few email addresses in Maltego, save the file as XML, then extend it.

From there, you can dig into each email address and try to match it to mailing lists, forums, websites, and social media entities. As you fine-tune your team list, you can narrow it down to a specific group of people and begin to get very specific.



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