“In the world of Recruiting”, Sourcing is an Art Form. Sourcing is what separates the boys from the girls. It turns a B Recruiter into an A Recruiter, and an A into an A+. Being able to identify talent, and good talent at that, is imperative – especially if done in a quick & timely manner!
Sourcing (according to Wikipedia), refers to the Identification & Un-Covering of Candidates (also known as talent) through “Pro-Active” Recruiting Techniques. They go on to say that – “Candidate Sourcing activity typically ends once the Name, Job Title, Job Function, and Contact Information for the Potential Candidate is determined by the candidate sourcer.”
Sourcing is all about being able to Find that “Needle in a Haystack” candidate. That individual whom is hard to find, that individual whom brings together all the must have’s / skills you need to make an impact immediately, but also whom has those skills & pieces which will allow for them to Go Above and Beyond the Call of Duty and said needs. The folks that whom have A, B, and C, but also bring together D, E, and F. Those are the folks we seek – and more importantly what makes a Sourcer… a good Sourcer.
Sourcing is extremely important to the Future Success of an Organization. Being able to find those X-Factor Candidates can take a Company from Struggling, to succeeding, to Flourishing. But where & how do these Sourcer’s Find those A+ Candidates? And how do they know when they do find them? Welp – that’s what makes Sourcing an Art Form. Sometimes it takes years to acquire those skills, those sourcing techniques, and creating that Art Form.
I am not going to give away the Tricks of the Trade so Easy, or the Keys to the Galaxy in this Post…cause maybe I’m not even a good sourcer myself, but more so “What it takes to Be that All-Mighty Powerful Sourcer”.
- Creativeness – Thinking Outside-the-Box
- Detective Mind / Investigator – Think like a Forensic’s Team
- Keeping Up to Date w/ Latest Trends / Technologies and even Future Possibilities
- Efficient – Use your Time Wisely
…… There are Plenty More, but I think it’s important to have that Curious Mind when all is said and done. The individual whom looks outside the confines of ones resume, outside of a job board, or a social network – and bends the pages, bends the boolean searches, and bends the connection barriers. Disrupt and Disrupt Early… and Often!