As a recruiter, you sometimes are tasked with some lofty, high level requisitions. Whether or not you’re already familiar with the process of hunting a unicorn, Dean Da Costa has a few tricks up his sleeve he’d like to show you. With some skill and luck we’ll help you hunt down these mythical executive emails.

It’s more complicated than just shopping around CEO Action, as C-level emails are a bit hard to come by.  So, the real question is: what do you actually do with this fragmented information to get an email address? That’s where some creativity comes into play.

The Process

So, we know two things: their company and their full names. Seems like a long shot, right? Well, luckily corporate email addresses mostly all follow the same conventions. As long as you know their unique format we can take an educated guess. is a great place to start. There are hundreds of sites like this, but we like that this one shows the most likely formats. Once you figure out the conventions, you can plug it into to verify if the mailbox is available. Boom, executive email sourced.

If you get the green light, try sending them a thoughtful, personalized email. Remember, these people are busy and anything that sounds generic is gonna get ghosted, dumpstered, or even worse..flagged as a promotion.

It’s hard to find a halfway decent employee, never mind one to fill the biggest shoes in the company. If you’ve been tasked with this…best of luck, God’s speed, and may the source be with you.

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Dean Da Costa

Dean Da Costa is a highly experienced and decorated staffing professional, recruiter, sourcer and manager, who also boasts outstanding experience and skills in Human Resources, Project Management, Training, and Process Improvement. He is best known for his work in the highly difficult security and mobile arena's, and the gold star winning numbers he produced. His keen insight and creation of ground breaking tools and processes, to enhance and change staffing as we know it, have proven he is a true "Staffing Thought Leader". Despite all this he remains first and foremost one of the top sourcers, staffing managers and full cycle recruiters in the industry and a true "Search Authority"

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