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Dec 26, 2017

Sourcers are keen on the advantages of sourcing tools, but many are still learning the power behind combining sourcing tools to achieve optimal success.

Like in the card game Yu-Gi-Oh, you can combine tools or cards to create magic. Yu Gi Oh is a card game that is based on a well-known children’s show called Yu Gi Oh. It is based on Egyptian mythology. In the game Yu-Gi-Oh, there are different kinds of cards; there are Spells, Traps and Monster cards. In some cases, you can combine these cards to do something amazing.

One such example is the calling of the Buster Blader the Dragon Destroyer Swordsman, an extremely powerful monster. What makes this monster so powerful is it gains a huge number of attack points for every dragon on the field or in the graveyard. Also, it stops dragons from utilizing any extra powers they may have. However to call Buster Blader the Dragon Destroyer Swordsman you need to get Buster Blader and one dragon monster on the field. However, once you get them and call Buster Blader the Dragon Destroyer Swordsman you have one of the most powerful monsters in Yu Gi Oh.

Like combining cards in Yu Gi Oh you can combine tools to create a powerful combination that can do a lot.

For this post, we are going to talk about research. Specifically, the research needed before you start souring. Let’s say you need to source for a Java Developer. First, you could use a site called Relink to find information about the position Java Developer. Some of the information you will get includes, other buzz words, and skills, titles of what they held before the title Java Developer, what kind of degrees do they have, what position they tend to move to, how many years they stay in a given position/title.

Now of course you need more than this, so you go to Talismatic. Here you can search for a given title, or skill and find out where they are, you can even find out based on experience. Now let’s say we see most are in Seattle and most work for Amazon. Obviously that means we should target them. Now with Talismatic you can actually see people with those titles that work at Amazon. But before you do that you need to see what Amazons levels are and how they match to your, let’s say you work for Microsoft. To see this, you use a tool called Levels. With this tool, you can see what levels at Microsoft go with what levels at Amazon. The reasons for this is it also lets you know if the salaries are in the same ballpark. For instance, a level 63 at Microsoft is equal to an L5 at Amazon, and now you can also see the salary ranges.

So let’s go through this;

  1. Step 1- you Search Relink for background info on the position.
  2. Step 2- you use Talismatic to get info on were these positions and people are and what companies.
  3. Step 3- you use Levels to make sure you are targeting the right level and salary. There you get a considerable amount of your pre sourcing research and even competitive research done.

That’s it for this series; I will probably do another set for SourceCon Fall 2018 so be watching for them.

To visit the past series and parts, visit Da Costa’s author page.

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