Google Is Your Friend Google revolutionized the way recruiters source for candidates and research competitive intelligence. Google is my homepage Bing does not return as effective results, but it is helpful to occasionally compare/contrast searches
Sourcing isn’t just about finding candidates
It’s about knowing the industry landscape. Who’s doing what, where, when and how.
Keeping the “big picture” in mind
Thinking profile vs. job
Strategic –know immediate and future needs
Advanced Boolean Search AND, OR, AND NOT Advanced Boolean Searches follow the same rules as compound math equations using the same format: the parenthesis
Related Concept Search Often an “ideal” candidate is going to be someone you find with related concept searches.
Technology Resources Wikipedia Webopediahttp://www.webopedia.com/ Computing Dictionary http://foldoc.org/
Competitors Know competing products and companies -Example: Unifi runs on EC2/3, which is the Amazon Cloud service. “EC” stands for “elastic cloud”. Research competitors Tech Crunch, Corporate Marketing collateral, Press Releases, consumer reporting, Annual Reports, Twitter, Wikipedia
Candidates – Beyond Boards/ATS Figure out where the candidates are hanging out – build talent pools SIG’s (Special Interest Groups) Online communities Tech blogs Conferences *Keynote speakers LinkedIn Groups Facebook fan pages Twitter # searches Alumni groups, professional organizations, social clubs, geographic communities (DE, CW)
Local/National trends Who’s laying off? Who’s hiring? What industries are hot/growing? http://layofftracker.blogspot.com/ http://www.vault.com/wps/portal/usa/companies/layofftrack http://www.siliconvalley.com/ http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/ http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/?from=stnv2 http://www.vocationvillage.com/seattle-venture-capital/