Hi guys, welcome to 2012! Now back at the wheel I have a few observations about how candidate sourcing will be this year and a little more energy to express my thoughts.
I have heard it said that if 2011 was the year of social recruiting, then 2012 is the year of mobile recruiting. I do agree but to clarify - we will still be working in offices' recruiters! NOT at the beach contrary to what candidates may think! It would be great if there was a one-size-fits-all solution to our sourcing woes but good recruiting is still a mix of new and old technology, extrovert and introverted behaviour. Candidates will be hanging out a little more in the online world and so it may be marginally easier to reach them or understand them, but essentially us resourcers are going to have to get quicker at how we approach these candidates online; and we will need to be more intelligent about it.
Every recruitment firm has access to a LinkedIn account of sorts, as do corporate inhouse recruiters. LinkedIn is starting to feel like a bunfight - you know what I mean, approach a candidate just to find out they have been approached many many times and they are just about to sign their offer letter for a new role...
It doesnt take much forethought, or even analytics to reach out and engage these passive candidates sitting there with all their employment history conveniently formatted into a CV style layout commonly accepted by managers everywhere as a great 'networking' tool. (Seriously I would like see a statistic of how many people actually network on LinkedIn other than to find new jobs or further their job prospects through career recognition)
We know it. They know it. They are there to be found!
So back to where to start sourcing for the best talent around? I think the key success factors are;
This kind of sourcing and recruitment requires a long term outlook and high effort. It pays off, not immediately in sales but it will in compliments. You can develop yourself as a subject matter expert and build your profile in the industry. Over time it will result in job satisfaction, commission satisfaction and your boss will love you. Well, hopefully your boss will love you...