Ask The Sourcing Dude and Dudette


We’ve enlisted the help of the Master Sourcers themselves, The Sourcing Dude and the Sourcing Dudette, to answer some questions that are at the forefront of many of our minds. In each issue of The Source, they will respond to some of these questions.

If you have a pressing issue you’d like the Sourcing Dude and Dudette to answer, please email us and we will bring it to the SourceCon shrine for consideration.

“There are people in the sourcing world who are on both sides of the fence when it comes to social media. Some think they are great resources, others think they’re just a time suck. What are your thoughts on engaging in community using social media from a sourcing standpoint? Is it worth your time, or should we be spending our time elsewhere, such as Googling or searching resume banks?”

Since we all agree that Recruiting is akin to sales and marketing, the leveraging of social media has to be seriously considered as part of a company’s strategy. Not so much for pure sourcing, but rather, as part of a bigger strategy that a company needs around leveraging these solutions to help create brand awareness and mutually meaningful relationships with candidates.

Gone are the days of slick marketing that tries to give the impression that the company is perfect. Candidates in this day and age expect more transparency from an organization on what it is actually like to work for a company and do the companies values, opportunities and goals effectively marry up with the interests of the candidate.

Social media should be used as a vehicle to reach a targeted audience through both push and pull marketing that feeds up relevant and added value information to potentially interested candidates and acts as part of the conduit to help establish and develop candidate relationships.

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In the future I believe these social communities will become better defined, more relevant and targeted to the needs of the demographics which will provide the Sourcer/Recruiter the ability to connect with potential candidates that have mutual interest with what a company has to offer. Do I think that social media and social networking sites will become the greatest source of hires in the next few years, No. Do I think that if a company correctly leverages social media and looks to establish targeted and relevant communities that build relationships based on mutual interest ahead of demand, could they one day become the greatest source of hires, Yes.

But in reality, until companies and recruiters understand that social media should be a vehicle to help promote brand awareness and create relevant and targeted relationships with future-interest candidates vs. thinking they are next big thing from which to source candidates, then I do not believe social media is the savior of us all.


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Amybeth Quinn began her career in sourcing working within the agency world as an Internet Researcher. Since 2002, she has worked in both agency and corporate sourcing and recruiting roles as both individual contributor and manager, and also served previously as the editor of The Fordyce Letter, and, with ERE Media. These days she's working on some super cool market intelligence and data analytics projects. You can connect with her on Twitter at @researchgoddess.


2 Comments on “Ask The Sourcing Dude and Dudette

  1. I’ve been watching some of the webinar’s, reading the blogs and articles regarding using social media and how it will transform the way we do business as HR professionals, Recruiters, Soucer’s and Researchers.

    Can someone show me where the ROI is – is it too early to report proven ROI?

    I think that social media can be utilized and will become a powerful tool to use for recruitment and information sharing in some industries but not all. I do not believe it will dramatically change the way we currently do business – I think it will be an added tool not a replacement.

    Currently It is not anything that I can utilize with a client such as a Medical School faculty positions. I haven’t seen any white papers, articles, research or commentary regarding social media in this particular industry that would benefit me in my work. However I do see how it works for other industries or types of positions and for the candidates that are searching.

    Currently social media is being used for student recruitment, Marketing, PR and Member Associations in the higher education industry. It is also being used to provide candidates and students news or position vacancy alerts on social media sites.

    For now, it is too early for me to embrace it as a business tool. My type of recruitment is hybrid – blending old school with new technologies but nothing replaces picking up the telephone and engaging someone to build a relationship. In 2 years I haven’t had a potential candidate respond to linkedin, twitter or facebook.

    If they do most likely they are promoting their own private practice and weren’t interested in a 50% drop in compensation and provided absolutely zero referrals. I get more referrals from an email or telephone call then I do any social media.

    If anyone has research or white papers addressing social media use with higher education recruitment of faculty I’d love to hear from you.

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