Best of 2013 #14: Should a Talent Sourcer Be Certified?

Editor’s note: Between now and the new year we will be counting down the top 20 SourceCon posts of 2013. This is number 14.

In many industries, there is one certification that stands out as THE certification for the profession (PMP for project management, CFP for financial planning, SPHR and PHR for HR). Sourcing is still a relatively new function and there are numerous organizations in the race to establish themselves as the go-to sourcing and recruiting certification.

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Is a sourcing certification worth the investment? I think it can be… if you hire the right employees to put through the program. A certification, or any training for that matter, can make a good sourcer better. However, in my opinion, a certification won’t make a bad sourcer good. On a side note, 

Jeremy Roberts, SPHR, is VP, Customer Experience at HiringSolved. He is the previous Editor of SourceCon. Prior to joining the ERE Media team, he spent over a decade working as a recruiter, sourcer, and sourcing manager. This time was spent in diverse environments, including third party agency settings (retained and contingent), recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) providers, and internal corporate HR departments. His previous employers include the MHA Group, Ajilon Finance, Korn Ferry Futurestep, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, and Randstad Sourceright, US. He resides in Corinth, TX with his wife and 3 children.

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