Sourcing is a relatively new, but increasingly important concept in the world of recruiting. Being able to find key talent that may be hidden away or overlooked is a skill that will make you invaluable to your company and/or clients.
If you’re new to sourcing, things can look a bit daunting. Fortunately, we have eight quotes from some of the experts, as well as links to their social media accounts and websites, to help you get started.
Dean Da Costa
“To get you started you need to start at the beginning and learn the basics. For sourcing, that means Boolean.”
“You’ll need some guidance in order to start. I’ve found Twitter and Facebook groups to be a great resource because they give you access to sourcers and recruiters with plenty experience. Don’t just listen to what they say – ask questions! You’ll be suprised how many of them will be happy to share easy to follow tips with you.”
“Think simple and be clear in what you are looking for. Then, just let the magic happen.”
“Sourcing requires the ability to think outside the box. Don’t limit yourself to most popular social networks for sourcing candidates – get creative and try different channels. I use Hello Talent to build out a full picture of prospective candidate. Take the time to learn about who they are accross their social media profiles and then craft an attention-grabbing, personnalized message. Be creative and make sur your message sets you appart!”
“Start following leading blogs and sourcing leaders. Join sourcing forum. Attend sourcing conferences. Listen to online webinars. I would also read search related articles – Sourcing is about search first and formost.”
“Practice and preparation are important in sourcing. You must think like Lincoln – ‘Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first hour sharpening the axe’.”
“There is no such thing as a perfect Boolean string. Sourcers should always keep tweaking their search and keep attacking from various angles until they fully expose their objective.”
“Remember when you were a kid and you’d spend time exploring, looking down holes, turning over rocks and generally being your own Sherlock Holmes? That’s the curiosity you need to be a great sourcer. Always be asking questions, digging deeper and looking beyond the obvious. Go beyond the job description, find out about the work involved, the team dynamics, future potential, the drives and so on.”
Whether you’re an experienced sourcer or just getting started, Hello Talent can be a great tool to help you organize and share all the candidates you’re finding. Sign up today!