Phone sourcing is an elegant
return to flawless basics.
• 800 numbers are “call un-blocked” if you’re
using a Call Block service.
• Dial *67 to block your call.
• Dial *82 to unblock your call.
• Some numbers today are returning a fast
“busy” signal to call-blocked numbers.
• (a portmanteau of "acquisition" and
"hiring") is the process of hiring by
• "Every engineer on staff adds $1 million in
valuation to a company,” the saying goes
in the tech community.
Identifying companies that might be
acquired sometimes just for their employees
and the sourcing and engagement of their
owners for the beginning of the acquisition
• Actively inquiring after information; usually
on the telephone.
• “I asked the Receptionist Gatekeeper to
tell me who all the Food Technologists
were in the R&D group and she did!”
Resource used by phone sourcers to mask
where they’re calling from; prevents lots of
• A quick-witted phone sourcing group
should be a vital part of your recruiting
team's fleet-footed Bomber Command
The function of moving (and gathering)
horizontally or vertically through a specific
person’s group within a specific
The act of digging; relentlessly, deeply.
• Overall effectiveness level of sourcing
results with unchecked Internet results
being the lowest and just-off-the-phone-I-
got-me-a-hot-one! being the highest.
• A state of consciousness that elicits a flow of
communication between two people.
• Sources may include angels, discarnate former
humans, extraterrestrials, and other levels of
consciousness. They may also include telephone
directories, receptionists and anybody else flesh-
and-blood you get on the telephone.
Entities involved in, or based on,
competition with each other striving for
the same object, position, technology,
Piecing together pieces of information; in phone
sourcing fifteen Voice Mails in one company all
directing the listener to the same Administrative
Assistant is a good indicator of a group that
“hangs together” (works together) inside that
Deep And Actionable Data
• Phone sourcing provides "deep and actionable
data” when you can hang up the phone and dial
another number and be assured you’ll be reaching
live a qualified potential hire.
• Hat Tip to Glen Cathey for the term “deep and
Employment (and sourcing!) practices may
be considered discriminatory and illegal if
they have a disproportionate "adverse
impact" on members of a minority group.
Phone Sourcing Tip
• In some phone systems, hitting 0 ("zeroing
out") will take you to an administrative
assistant for a department - occasionally
to another deparment member.
Knowing what to say, when, to get what.
Phone Sourcing Tip
Collecting direct dials (or extensions) of
persons you meet/learn about along the way
on the inside of a company will help you
create a bird’s eye view/a valuable dossier
sometimes on a company’s organizational
The ability to default to grace under the
onslaught of an ugly Gatekeeper.
ensorcel; ensorceler (Middle French)
• To enchant, bewitch
• Sourcers are challenged today to become
ensorcelers; work to develop the ability to
engage not only Gatekeepers but also
candidates on a level that captures their
attention to your message.
That thing that clutches at your throat,
makes your hand sweaty, your gut sick
every time you think about making a phone
call to gather information.
That woman (or man) you imagine to be the
400 lb guerilla on the other end of the phone
every time you make a call to find out who
somebody is/is not/might want to do/not
do/be/not be something.
• The individual contributors inside companies
who elude detection and capture mostly
because they’re too busy doing what they’re
doing to “list” themselves on the Internet in
any capacity that reveals to the world exactly
who, what and where they are.
“How Many Names?”
A good question the answer to which
divides, really, phone sourcers from Internet
sourcers. In general, a phone-sourced job
requires less names than an Internet-
• To win over by coaxing, flattery, or artful
• Idioms: lead astray
• When an entire team of employees is
recruited from a competitor at once:
• "Good news: We engineered a complete lift-
out of ACME Corporation's programmers."
• Can be dangerous and cause for legal action.
A subtle mixing of science and art that
harnesses statistics, human nature,
psychology and technology to produce
effective practices in phone-sourcing.
• “You can never plan the future by the past.”
~Edmund Burke 1729 – 1797 Irish orator
That state of being that causes the radar of
many Gatekeepers to rise. The more
mysterious your call “sounds” the more
questions she’s likely to ask of you.
A graphic presentation of the relationships
and interrelationships within an organization
that identifies the lines of authority and
responsibility - changes consistently and
often in many organizations.
Phone Sourcing Tip
Stating your name to the Receptionist
Gatekeeper calmly and matter-of-factly
when she answers will go a good ways
towards increasing your chances of her
giving you information.
“Do not let spacious plans for a new world divert
your energies from saving what is left of the old.”
That which Phone Sourcing is considered to
be by many (in its truest and most
• Idle chatter/talk intended to charm or
beguile. To flatter or cajole.
• Idioms: run off at the mouth, shoot the
Passing The Buck
The habit some employees have of passing
responsibility to their managers and/or
subordinates. Is most easily discernable listening to
employee Voice Mail greetings; as in, “Hi. This is
Rob, Manufacturing Engineer. I’m on vacation until
November 15. If you need help with automation
issues contact my Manager, Jose Perez at extension
Usually contains a listing of every employee inside a
specific company location. Many times a company’s
phone directory will lead you into individual Voice
Mails offering these as an alternative to speaking to
a Receptionist Gatekeeper or after-hours to assist
callers; a virtual treasure trove of information if
The smallest sound unit in a language that is
capable of conveying a distinct meaning,
such as the s of sing and the r of ring.
In recruiting and sourcing, the leveraging of
techniques (primarily the phone) to identify
candidates with limited to no presence in any easily
accessible public forum (the Internet, published list,
etc.) It requires the uncovering of candidate
information via a primary means of calling directly
into organizations to uncover data on people, their
role, title and responsibilities.
The practice of contacting and offering
another company’s employees another
In general, if you’re not acting purposely and
maliciously to destroy a competitor, you are
free to source into a competitor for good
Pursuing and capturing an entire group
(pocket) within an organization. Generally
speaking, if you can find one in a group
online there are several more in that group
you can’t find online!
Didn’t think about
that, did you?
When your recruiter (or yourself) doesn’t
want to ask the “dumb questions.”
Force the issue!
• The person in an organization who makes
• Is it you?
Payment for services. In phone sourcing
today per-hour rates seem to remain in the
broad $35-$125/hr. range and the per-name
rate seems to fall in the somewhat tighter
$35 -$75 per name range.
A force that tends to oppose or retard motion.
In phone sourcing resistance is met more on
the inside of our own expectations than it is on
the outside of reality.
• a deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid
• Also spelled “rouse” and “rouge” as in, “I’m
so ashamed by my lying that my cheeks
Rusing may be a right-of-passage in so much that
phone sourcers who began their careers “rusing” -
lying to get information – were so uncomfortable
doing so that they’re challenged to increase their
communication skills to the point where it’s no longer
necessary to ruse. This is a common experience for
many seasoned phone sourcers.
"While I don't have a need for
any phone sourcing right now,
it's how I learned to recruit so
I understand the results you
~Note on LinkedIn invitation
A potential candidate who understands (is
savvy) about the relationship he holds with
Any high fence around a company’s
information. Most companies don’t address the
issue, ignoring the cracks in their doors through
which the curious public may peer. Knowing
these armor fissures allows a phone sourcer
entry and access.
Allows for the silent transcription of
information as it is heard from a
Gatekeeper’s lips to a phone sourcer’s ear
as to not alarm Gatekeeper that her loose
lips sinking her ship are being recorded.
• Accomplished with the lips open; singing is
the act of disclosing information. In it’s
most cantabile form it is smooth and
flowing and has a musical quality.
• Known also as “Spilling” in the industry.
“A person with a new idea is a crank until the
The art of being a detective.
Any person whose vocal organ is developed in
such a way as to produce various sound notes
that translate into names or information that
leads to other names or more information. The
cant normally sounds like music to a phone
sourcer’s ears and usually requires prompting
of the 90% missing in
The act of someone (or something) “giving up”
or “offering up” information about others or
facts inside an organization. Sometimes
accomplished with the knowledge of the one
doing the spilling (for reasons known only to
them.) Usually follows prompting.
• The practice of calling into a company’s direct-dial system in
an ordered fashion, after learning the internal
prefixes. Requires discerning internal prefix first; sometimes
as easy as asking the receptionist for someone’s direct dial;
usually requires investigation on the Internet to uncover. Very
effective and for an experienced phone sourcer rarely takes
beyond three calls to obtain helpful information from someone
on the inside.
The self-immolation we offer ourselves up to
before attempting a task. Some of us possess
more of it than others. A few are blessed with
its absence. Usually precedes or is
accompanied by pain and suffering and always
leads to failure. Requires professional help.
Acting on your senses; as in when you sniff
a whiff of information you circle in fast and
when it starts to leak its life blood, strike
hard and take all you can get.
Watch where you’re cuttin’!
“You don't get no closer to the bone than phone
~ Remark heard in a recent phone sourcing chat on the MagicMethod network
The organization you’re going into to source
talent. Some organizations are sourced
repeatedly in certain fields – they’re usually the
market leaders in their business
segment. They know it and many of them, in
turn, source talent repeatedly from their
Phone Sourcing Tip
What a Gatekeeper doesn’t say may be just
as important as what she does say.
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors,
and doing new things, because we're curious and
curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
Phone Sourcing Tip
"Phone sourcing seems to be an overwhelming
task/you helped simplify it breaking it down into
small manageable tasks.”
~ Newbie Phone Sourcer learning the ropes
• The act of getting on the telephone and
asking for information - very simple; very
effective; very difficult to overcome fear of.
• A must-have mastery for most people who
desire sourcing success.
Titles vary depending on the size of the company,
but in general, the bigger the company, the lower
your title-strike might be, and the smaller the
company, the higher the title-strike might be. In
other words, a Manager level in a $3 billion sale
company could be at the same experience level as a
Director in a $900 million sale company or a VP in a
$100 million sale company.
• Also referred to as going “from pillar to
• A phone-sourcing technique of going
(bouncing) from one person to another
inside a company acquiring different
pieces of information along the way.
• A treasure chest of information
• Many times (especially around
holidays/vacation times) Voice Mails
contain exquisitely detailed information
about the person and/or the person’s
That act in sourcing where you choose the wheat from the
chaff. Requires discernment and iron decision-making
ability and willingness to ask the hard questions.
“Does she work on the front end or the back end of the
product? Which member does what?”
• Influence or urge by gentle urging,
caressing, repeated appeals, teasing or
• "He wheedled her into going along."
• wheedle, cajole, palaver, blarney, coax,
When the going gets tough,
are you tough enough?
That tendency a phone sourcer has to say too
much when asking for information. Yapping
sends up red flags and intimates that the
yapper is nervous about something and makes
the person being yapped at cautious. Also
known as “babbling”, “acting like an idiot” or
“talking too much.”