Talent sourcing is an inevitable step in the process of recruitment. It is a field that has been growing vastly over time but still remains nascent to those involved in talent acquisition who are just starting out. There is a war for talent in the professional market, for which an effective recruiting strategy is required. The ability to find a relevant pool of top talent and then attract the same, is the crux of sourcing. So basically sourcing refers to proactively identifying, researching and attracting active and passive candidates looking for a job.
Most part of modern recruitment still remains predominantly traditional, but this hasn’t stopped recruiters from taking control of the extremely efficient sourcing tools that the internet has to offer. We hope this article serves as a helpful guide to provide recruiters with tools they can use for tackling different aspects of sourcing.
The search for the right candidates might seem a daunting task, but the best place to find them are through social and professional networks. A successful sourcer is one who has sound understanding of social networks, blogs newsgroups etc. A recommended way to search for and understand your candidates is by communicating and meeting with them. Here are some of the online platforms, which can help you out.
Twitter is one of the most functional platforms available for various purposes, sourcing being one of them. Recruiters can be on the lookout for interesting candidates who may tweet hashtags relevant to the job profile you are looking for. The advanced search option also provides efficient results in the quest for finding candidates. It’s interactive interface allows talent personnel to easily communicate with potential candidates.
Google’s social media platform is the fastest growing social network in the history of social networks. Google + offers unique and different ways to connect with potential candidates. It provides recruiters and hiring managers a vast platform to search and source. Users can engage with various candidates by creating circles with them. Through these circles, sourcing personnel can contact individuals and groups publicly or privately.
Meetup allows you to host, promote and browse events by category and location. This is a useful online tool to find proactive candidates who are willing to take the time out to know about the latest trends. Through Meetup, talent teams can also view a list of attendees and members who might be present at an event and can get in contact with them event without going for that event.
A resume database or CV repository is like an oasis in a desert. It is a talent pool ready to be tapped into by sourcers and doubles as a hub for keen job seekers. Resume Databases allow candidates to post freely (not in response to just one job description), provides facility to update their resume and also incorporate video and audio supplements. This is essentially a gold mine for sourcers who can scan through these platforms with the help of efficient search functionality. Here are some CV Repositories that can maximize your sourcing efforts.
MightyRecruiter consists of over 20 million resumes in its massive database. By signing up for a free trial, you can search, filter, and contact jobseekers immediately. Talent acquisition teams are given 10 free views of any resume they wish to access, including all details of the candidate. Users can type in keywords in the candidate directory for more streamlined results.
HiringSolved provides a vast repository of candidates across the world and in different languages. A unique feature of this platform is “By Example” which allows sourcers to find talent similar to the ones they have uploaded onto the site.
Eresumex offers recruiters a global resume portal of candidate across various industries and wide range of job titles. It is a free platform to reach out to top talent from around the world with the contact information provided. If you looking for an eclectic mix of candidates that will leave you spoilt for choice, this is your go-to site.
With the help of these platforms, sourcers can not only gauge candidates on the basis of an impressive resume, but they can also scrutinize work samples to assess the candidate’s hands on experiences. Here are some good solutions for recruiters.
If you’re on the lookout for candidates in the creative fields such as designers and architects, this is the site for you. Behance plays the dual role of a free resume database as we well as a social networking site. Its well curated results don’t just show candidates working in fields that are relevant to you, but also shows the constructive work done by them.
Carbonmade has millions of portfolios and projects by professionals from various creative fields. This fun and quirky portfolio site boasts of more than 950,000 portfolios for recruiters to scan through. This site comes in handy when looking for artists, designers, architects copywriters etc.
Online Referral Platforms
It may come as a surprise that many times recruiters are able to find great employees through other employees. This method reduces the burden on recruiters and also since existing employees already understand company culture, screening of the referred candidates becomes easier. Here some online tools for the same
Boon uses semantic matching algorithms to actively engage talent. It identifies the best fit from the organization network through proactive referral requests. It allows recruiters to build efficient referral strategies that are cost effective.
Zalp uses creative gamification to manage referral programs. They also focus on social media to help companies connect with their employees’ networks.
These tools can go a long way in helping recruiters make proactive hiring decisions. Add these tools to your kit to build a robust talent pipeline.