(this is a response to a post on Sourcers unleashed on the types of sourcing...)
The types of sourcing that I do is a mix of online (passive and active), phone and networking.
The online sourcing can be broken down further into targeting active candidates/those that respond (ie low hanging fruit) through various job boards and getting responses from general and niche job boards. Then of course there is using the Internet to identify passive candidates that may be interested themselves or be able to refer someone that may be a good fit. (Looking at Blog Posts, various profiles on networking sites, conference attendee lists etc)
Of course you are always going to be getting a better response from a combination of phone and e-mail than an e-mail alone so getting on the phone is always important in finding the passives.
Finally going out and meeting potential candidates at networking events such as user group meetings and conferences is always a good way to expand your reach. Many conferences have a free Expo only pass (Oracle World is an example). I am starting to see more companies and recruiters using event sights like meetup as a way to reach candidates.
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