Sourcing News and Knowledge – Beyond the Obvious


#SourceCon Live: 2014 Recap and Predictions for Recruiting and Sourcing in 2015

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In case you missed it earlier today, the #SourceCon Live crew discussed sourcing and recruiting in 2014 and what they think is in store for the industry in 2015. We were joined by Bill Boorman, Todd Raphael, Gerry Crispin, Kevin Wheeler, Matt Charney, Dean DaCosta, Craig Fisher, and Bryan Chaney. 

Phone Sourcing, Tactical Sourcing

Use the Phone and Ask the Right Questions to Source More Candidates

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headhunter on the phoneNowadays, as technology does a lot of the sourcing (and, to some extent, the recruiting) in a lot of companies, people are no longer on the phones much talking to people, exchanging information, bumping into and up against those kernels and nuggets of information that, so often in the past, were turned into wheat fields and mines of trade.

You know how this happens (or maybe you don’t).

In the old days:

Technology & Resources, Tips & Tricks

Free Tool Friday: Prophet Displays Contact Info, Websites, and Networks for Social Profiles You Visit

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This is a part of the Free Tool Friday series with Dean DaCosta. In this series, Dean provides a short description of one of his favorite browser addons, apps, or extensions.

RecruitingTools has released a great new Chrome addon called Prophet. Prophet sits on the sidebar and is available when you want and need it. It will provide users with email addresses, social sites, websites and more.

Corporate Sourcing

What do Sourcing and Fishing Have in Common? by @Traslavina

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Great White Shark Body

Often when people ask me what I do, I tell them that I am a fisherman. But rather than fishing for food, my role involves finding species that can survive in a new ecosystem. My ecosystem is the Whole Foods Market brand, our culture, our core values, and everything about the environment of our stores, regional and corporate offices.

The fishing analogy came from one of our own Team Leaders, Dave Johnson (pictured below), when he said, “We must attract and bring giant squids. Go watch this talk, and let’s think about how we can recruit hard to find candidates who fit with our culture and who have the potential to become our best performers.”


Recruiting and Homicide Investigations


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Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetI’m addicted to crime fiction. My favorite character is Harry Bosch, the LA Detective who is the protagonist of many of Michael Connelly’s novels.

The passage below is from the fourth book in the Harry Bosch Series, The Last Coyote. In this scene, Bosch is looking through evidence from a thirty-five year-old murder and reflecting on how homicide investigation has changed, yet stayed the same.

Editor's Corner

What Does the Internet Think of Recruiters?



I was introduced to a fun new tool today (thanks @mParkerByrd). The site is called Basically, you can use the site to get an idea of what people on the internet think of a certain topic. I thought it would be fun to do a little comparison.

Technology & Resources

How to Make Email Awesome in a World That Hates Email as Presented by @mparkerbyrd #DDSUM14

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Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetDoes your recruiting department or search firm send out a weekly or monthly newsletter to subscribers? If so, you probably track how many emails are opened and the click through rate for each campaign. Today, at Dallas Digital Summit, I attended a session called Making Email Work in a World That Hates Email. The session, led by Matt Byrd, outlined techniques that will allow email marketers to increase open and click through rates while providing a more engaging experience for readers.

Below are some of the highlights from the presentation.

Candidate Engagement

How To Successfully Engage Prospective Candidates via Email by @steverath

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steve rath

steve rathLet’s be honest – if you’re at this site then you probably know how to find prospects – just read through the many informative articles on SourceCon and you’ll find many suggestions on tips and tricks to locate talent. The internet has provided us with many social sites (Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, etc.) as well as collaboration and open source sites (Github, Stackoverflow, Meetup, etc.). (<–Click on any of these links for a “how to source” guide for each site). In addition, there are many other sites which contain resumes and profiles and other goodies to key in on.  And of course, we can’t forget the job boards – which still provide an excellent source of both active and passive candidates.

As recruiters and sourcers, we spend a good amount of time seeking out and piecing together profiles of interest, creating contact spreadsheets of email addresses, and possibly phone numbers. Now what?  

Technology & Resources

IM or Call Candidates Just by Knowing Their Email Address by @Kamoswin


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What if I told you I have a tool that could allow you to instant message candidates just by knowing their work email address? Pretty cool, huh? Now imagine that same tool could allow you to see a candidate’s current calendar availability so that you could email them right when they get out of a meeting. Do I have your attention yet? But wait, there’s more. This same tool can also call that candidate without even knowing their phone number and best of all: you may already be using this tool at work. Dropping the cheesy shamwow sales routine for a minute, what tool am I talking about?

Technology & Resources, Tips & Tricks

Free Tool Friday: The Profile Views App Shows You Who Viewed Your LinkedIn Profile for Free

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This is a part of the Free Tool Friday series with Dean DaCosta. In this series, Dean provides a short description of one of his favorite browser addons, apps, or extensions.

As you probably know, without a paid account, you can only see up to 5 people who viewed your profile. That make things hard on us staffing professionals because what if a great potential candidate viewed your profile but you cannot tell. You might not think not think to contact them. Not to mention, it’s always good to know who is viewing you. With the Profiles Views addon for Chrome, you can see everyone who views your profile.