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Sourcing Tools

Free Tool Friday: Domain Availability Checker is a Chrome Addon for Finding Contact Details


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Note: We didn’t run this on Friday and Dean’s audience wasn’t happy. This is a part of the Free Tool Friday series with Dean DaCosta. Each week, Dean provides a short description of one of his favorite browser addons, apps, or extensions. We originally planned for this series to run in July and August. However, due to the popularity of the series, it will continue until Dean runs out of tools to share. 

Domain Availability Checker is a Chrome addon that allows you to quickly check who owns a domain. As you may know, in about 60% of the cases, whoever owns the domain will list their email, phone number, and address, which means this tool becomes a contact finding gem.

Search Engines

Leaked Documents Expose The NSA’s Secret Search Engine ICREACH


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Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 10.37.52 AMI doubt any of us will ever have access to ICREACH but it’s fun (and a little scary) to imagine. Documents given to The Intercept by Edward Snowden are shedding new light on the amount of data the government has been tracking and how easily accessible it is to thousands of government employees. The data has been organized into a “Google-like” search engine called ICREACH. It’s estimated that there are a total of at least 850 billion records that can be searched in the top secret search engine. A few interesting excerpts from the report on The Intercept:

Sourcing Methodologies

Cloud Atlas – Talent Mapping Across Time


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You don’t know what talent mapping is? Well don’t worry. If you have been a researcher or sourcer within the past 3 decades, then you have probably created a talent map for your client or company. Talent mapping is the identification of a group of individuals that fit a certain job profile. It also involves the process of mapping out competitor company’s organizational charts or groups. The names, job titles, phone numbers, and level within the company are all identified.

Researching org charts, companies, industries, talent maps, or whatever you’d like to call them is something that’s been done in the USA (and all over the world) for years. Years before we had the “sourcer” title, companies, sales departments, marketing departments, and personnel (HR) departments employed “researchers”.

The Sourcing Function

Direct Source or Die? #Rechangout


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I started this morning early as a participant on #Rechangout,  a Google+ Hangout ON AIR with some friends in the UK.

Topics covered include:

- What is a sourcer?
- The difference in pipelining, talent communities, and “just in time” recruiting.
- Sourcing team structures in the UK and the US.

Watch the entire video below:

Candidate Engagement

62 Interview Questions People Said Were Their Favorites


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A contest for people to submit their favorite interview questions yielded the interesting, the odd, the useful, the insightful, and the obscene. They included such questions as: “What is your favorite palindrome?” and “Why did America stop selling War Bonds?”

And some I can’t publish without washing my own mouth out with soap.

The contest, put on by VoiceGlance, ran in a 10-week period in May, June, and July. Most of the answers came in via LinkedIn groups, and were sent in by HR managers, recruiters, and some job seekers in the U.S., India, China, Nepal, Malta, the UK, and Canada.

Here are the questions turned in, and at the end of this post, some of the questions the judge — me — selected as winners.

Challenges

The Finalists for the 2014 SourceCon Grand Master Are…


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Five sourcing and recruiting professionals have successfully completed the first round of the 2014 SourceCon Challenge and will be competing for the title of 2014 SourceCon Grand Master!  

The winner will of the final round, which will take place in late September, will be announced during the closing session of the SourceCon Fall conference in Denver.

Sourcing Tools

Free Tool Friday (On a Monday): WhoWorks.At


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Note: We didn’t run this on Friday and Dean’s audience wasn’t happy. This is a part of the Free Tool Friday series with Dean DaCosta. Each week, Dean provides a short description of one of his favorite browser addons, apps, or extensions. We originally planned for this series to run in July and August. However, due to the popularity of the series, it will continue until Dean runs out of tools to share. 

WhoWorks.At is a Chrome addon that lets you see who in your Linkedin Network works at the same company as the candidate you are currently viewing online. It will also let you know about anyone you know who is connected to that candidate. 

Challenges, SourceCon

Here We Go! SourceCon Challenge 2014!!!


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UPDATE: The first 5 people to complete round 1 will receive a complimentary registration for SourceCon Fall. If already registered, this will be applied to the SourceCon Spring event.

Here we go!

We’re excited to share this link to the first round of the SourceCon Challenge!

This portion of the challenge was organized by Julia Stone with help from Katharine Robinson, Sharon Meyers, and Lisa Offutt.

Want to hear more about the challenge?

Watch this video.

 

Opinion

Sourcing Today – So How Did What Happened Happen?


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Editor’s Note: Should sourcers be engaging candidates? Maureen Sharib weighs in on the debate. Do you agree with her? Let us know in the comments section below.

79% of all sourcers surveyed in 2013 were required to do that first touch piece of recruiting today as part and parcel to their jobs.

In other words – sourcers are required (by their employers) to find the person and THEN call the person to see if they’d be interested in the employer’s job.

This isn’t what sourcing started out as.

Sourcing was meant to be the FIND piece and then the FIND was meant to be developed by the recruiter.

Technology & Resources

Which LinkedIn Account Should a Solo Recruiter Purchase?


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The Recruiting Animal posed an interesting question to the guests on #SourceCon Live today. His question was, “Which LinkedIn account should an individual recruiter purchase?”

The guests on the hangout all agreed that individual practitioners should use the free version of LinkedIn instead of upgrading. Watch the entire conversation below to hear the reasons our panelists feel this way.