Are You Unconsciously Competent as a Sourcer?

Mar 13, 2014
This article is part of a series called Opinion.


How do you tell your ____________ what you do for a living? Whether it’s recruiting or sourcing, or (gasp) headunting, it’s always an interesting conversation. To see ourselves through the eyes of others, so they can truly understand.

Do you have a sourcing process map? Seriously, do you know your process well enough to create a visual representation of it? It’s critical for those of us who educate and train our teammates. It’s even critical for those who are ahead of the so-called curve in sourcing. Because we only truly reach conscious competence when we can clearly and simply explain what we do to others. 


It could be as simple as these five sourcing steps below:

1. Create Candidate Persona from Intake Session

  • Background
  • Competitors
  • Daily Job Motivators
  • Career Motivators
  • Online Footprints
  • Sources of Trusted Data

2. Search Applicant Tracking System (ATS)
3. Search Candidate Relationship Management System (CRM)
4. Reach out to Internal Referral Influencers
5. Social Network and Discussions

  • Linkedin
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • GitHub
  • Stack Overflow
  • Meetup
  • User Groups

People don’t scale. Intelligence doesn’t inherently scale. Experience doesn’t naturally scale. But the process to gather that intelligence can be taught to your team. How you’re doing that, is almost as important as just doing it.

Are you fishing, or teaching people how to fish? More importantly, are you teaching others how to THINK like a fish? Not just in a way that makes sense to experienced sourcers, but so they can understand on their terms. I don’t think I’ll ever consider my education complete, and I’m always learning.

How do you truly become a master? By remaining a student.

image credit: PGBailey on Flickr

This article is part of a series called Opinion.
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