Sourcers are sexy and here is why.


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I think sourcers are sexy. In the past months, especially after attending Sourcing Summit Europe, I’ve been trying to figure out why I find sourcers so much sexier than ‘the average recruiter’..

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Sourcers are sexy and here is why.

  1. Sourcers  are  sexy     and  here  is  why.  
  2.   I  find  sourcers  sexy.       In  the  past  months,  especially  a7er  a8ending   Sourcing  Summit  Europe*,  I’ve  been  trying  to   figure  out  why  I  find  sourcers  to  be  so  much   more  sexy  than  ‘the  average  recruiter’..       *Best  recruitment  event  ever  organised  by  @PhillipTusing  
  3. Robert  Tornabe,  a  plasGc  surgeon,  once  wrote  in   a  blog  post:     ‘It  is  my  conten-on  that  certain  nega-ve   characteris-cs  of  one's  personality  can   actually  make  that   person  less  a9rac-ve   and  less  physically     appealing.’    
  4.                                                                                                          I  am  not  a  genius,  but  I    think  this  also  means    that  certain  posiGve    characterisGcs  can  make    a  person  more    a8racGve  and  more    physically  appealing.  
  5.       So,  what  are  those   characterisGcs  of     sourcers  that  I     (apparently)  like     so  much?  
  6. 1.  Sourcers  share.     They  share:   •  •  •  •  •  •  Knowledge Network   Tips   Tools   Tricks   Hacks.               They  truly  believe  that  by  sharing  they  will  gain  more   than  by  keeping  everything  for  themselves.    
  7. 2.  Sourcers  are  thorough.   If  you  hear  @TheBalazs  talking  about  what  you  should   know  before  you  start  recruiGng,  you’ll  know  what  I  mean.                 99%  of  the  recruiters  I  know,  don’t  know  in-­‐country   specifics,  don’t  do  cost  of  living  comparisons  or  use  social   plaWorms  that  are  used  locally  (because  everybody  is  on   LinkedIn,  right?!).  
  8. 3.  Sourcers  are  nerds.   If  you  didn’t  know  yet  –  nerd  is  the  new  sexy.             And  if  you  haven’t  seen  the  hacks  sourcers  use  to  get   more  data  they  can  use  to  find  the  best  candidate  and   what  kind  of  boolean  strings  they  build  someGmes  to   get  profiles  that  really  match  the  job  yet  -­‐  you’ll  be   amazed  when  you  do.  
  9. 4.  Sourcers  really  add  value.   Because  they  know  the  market  they  can  really  help   businesses  get  the  best  talent  available  to  get   maximum  business  impact.                   That’s  a  li8le  different  from  ‘filling  jobs’  isnt’t  it?  
  10. 5.  Sourcers  are  charming.   They  know  how  to  engage  and  move  people:  If  you  hear   @jimstroud  talking  about  how  much  effort  he  puts  in  geang   to  know  a  candidate  or  @socialtalent  about  how  he  finds  out   what  is  the  right  message,  when  is  the  right  Gme  and  what  is   the  right  channel  –  you’ll  find  out  these  people  are  real   charmers.*                           *They  are  the  type  of  men  you  don’t  really  noGce  in  a  bar  unGl  they  leave  with  the  nicest  lady..  
  11. 6.  Sourcers  are  creaGve.   @AndreMploy  from  SpoGfy  for  example  builds  playlists  to   approach  candidates  with..    
  12. 7.  Sourcers  are  passionate.   They  really  want  to     deliver,  they  actually   really  enjoy  what   they  are  doing.     Energy  you  get  from   listening  to  people   like  @braingain  is     very  different  from     the  energy  you  get   from  talking  with     average  people  in     recruitment.        
  13. Great  news:     Sourcers  are  here  to  stay   Due  to  globalizaGon  and  increasing  mismatch   between  supply  and  demand  of  skills,  there  is  and  will   be  a  lot  of  work  in  the  future  for  sourcers.  A  lot  of   things  in  the  recruiGng  process  like  adverGsing  and   assessing  (interviews  suck)  can  be  done  by  technology   now,  but  finding  people  and  especially  –  knowing  how   to  move  them  from  not  knowing  about  a  job  and  a   company  to  being  enthusiasGc  and  willing  to  talk   about  that  job  and  with  that  company  is  something   we  sGll  need  humans  for  -­‐  and  will  for  a  very  long   Gme.  
  14. Next  event   Phillip  has  promised  me  he  will  organise  another   event  in  Amsterdam  in  September  2014.  Be  there!         In  the  next  post  I’ll  show  some  of  the  Gps,  tools  and   tricks  the  speakers  at  Sourcing  Summit  Europe  shared   that  will  get  you  ahead.       Next  blog    
  15.   Please,  feel  free  to  connect  with  me  wherever  you  want  and  feel  free  to   ask  me  anything:       E-­‐mail   WhatsApp  +31-­‐611604603   Twi8er   LinkedIn   Facebook   Google+ébolier   Slideshare   Instagram         If  you  would  like  to  know  more  about  sourcing:  I  am  not  one  of  the   sourcing  experts,  but  I  know  a  lot  of  them.  So  feel  free  to  connect  with   me  and  I’ll  be  happy  to  connect  you  with  them.