Looking for an experienced professional who's done previous work extracting data from profiles of LinkedIn users. I understand that there are "tools" out there that allow for data extraction from LinkedIn public records but I have had a student of mine look into this option and no luck. To make matters more complicated, LinkedIn has revoked access to its people search API in may 2015, so a new solution is needed for me to accomplish my goals. I need to hire someone who might have experience with webscraping based on the public linkedin profile views, and who's able to generate customer filters that will allows me 1) extract the records I want, 2) do some creative analytics once the data is available.
The good news is that LinkedIn has a pretty good alumni search feature that allows for quick access to graduates of a certain university, on a certain year. For the purpose of this project, I am only interested in the students records of non-US citizens. LinkedIn does not differentiate a profile of an international students from the profile of an American student. It is possible to enter "2014", as an example, in the graduation year in keyword field and also the school name and get the list of recent graduates from a certain school. That would be our start. A little of bit of smart guessing and automotion is needed to get to the international graduate records. I don't believe that is hard to do.
In order to know the international students out of the initial list of records, we need to scrape through their profile, to see where they did their undergraduation, for example. If it is in a school outside of the U.S, that is a record we want.
We are now left with manually entering "2014" in keyword field and School name to get the list of recent graduates of a school. That is possible to do today via LinkedIn.
Once again, in order to know the international students out of that list, we need to scrape through their profile, to see where they did their under graduation.
WHAT I WANT: create a report that will contain a job placement information for international MBAs. I am interested in capturing information regarding who hired these international students, their job titles, what industries they went into, etc. As a way to get started, I will pay for someone to create this report for one or two schools and judge the quality of the output. If accpetable, I plan on expanding this project to the top 100 MBA programs in the U.S. I need to hire someone skilled with APIs, webscraping, and experience working with LinkedIn records to create a report that I can possibly sell to universities here in the U.S.