Candidate sourcing is the process of searching for, recognizing, and reaching potential candidates for positions you are either recruiting for or will be recruiting for in the future. LinkedIn reports 90% of people are open to learning more about new opportunities, but only 36% of candidates are actively searching for a new job. Sourcing is crucial to today’s recruiting strategy as hiring success ultimately boils down to a great hire, with minimal time and money spent in the recruiting process.
There are many ways to find candidates. Check out some of them:
1. Post job descriptions on online job boards
Sourcing candidates by job portals have the potential to bring in an influx of resumes and/or applications. Posting a job on the internet intends that candidates will be able to apply promptly. 79% of job-seeking Americans use online resources to search for a job. With such a high percentage of people looking online for jobs, you could end up on the radar of more people.
2. Check out social media
Networking on social media is fast, easy, and free (except you pay for advertising). Sourcing candidates on a platform that connects people isn’t fantastic—it’s strategic. If you have a strong presence on social media, you could reach more followers. Interact with candidates, develop a great brand, and post regularly.
3. Collect referrals
Referrals are an effective way to source candidates. Talk to your friends or people in your network who might be able to refer you to people in the industry. When gathering references, talk to people you know who quality workers are. They can guide you to candidates with a similar work ethic.
4. Examine your current pool of candidates
One way to source candidates for a particular job order is to scan into your existing pool of candidates.
5. Partner with a recruiting consulting
Recruiting firms are specialists in all the recruiting sources above. They have tools, networking, and referrals to make the hiring process easier and faster for you. But, choose a consultancy that can provide you valid and consistent reasons why that candidate is being sent to you. Besides that, select a firm that understands their candidates and has their best interest at heart. Forget about the recruiters that act like a resume-firing machine.
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