Hunting for Job Candidates

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Over time, sourcing candidates has changed from a job role to it’s own discipline. Today, many large organizations have entire departments dedicated to candidate sourcing.

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Why have companies taken this approach?

Because sourcing takes a different approach to talent acquisition. Unlike talent attraction strategies aimed at driving candidates to a company, sourcing strategies focus on searching for candidates.

Who Sourcers Seek

Sourcing professionals, however, don’t search for just any candidates. Sourcers seek an exact match between job requirements and candidates. And sourcers, like undercover agents, leave no resource untapped in an attempt to find the ideal fit.

The hunt often leads to candidates who otherwise wouldn’t have been found.

Occasionally, albeit rare, the process turns up a candidate who is absolutely perfect for the job. Such a candidate, dubbed a purple squirrel, is the stuff of sourcing legend.

Resources for Sourcers

Today’s sourcers have far more places where they can hunt for candidates, including proverbial purple squirrels. Nevertheless, resume databases, a favorite of longtime sourcers, remain highly popular.

At the same time, business network LinkedIn, which boasts more than 500 million members, has become a sourcing world unto itself. Social media sites, given their user populations, have also inspired sourcers to find

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