A sourcer or candidate sourcing specialist, is someone who searches out and finds candidates for often highly technical, specialized, and hard-to-fill roles within an organization by building a candidate funnel, which is why the title for this positions has evolved from simply “sourcer” to “technical sourcer.” Sourcing is now predominantly accomplished by using the internet to search, source, and locate candidates but can also be done using phone sourcing or other methods. Depending on the size of the organization and industry, this role might serve in phone screening or an initial qualifying call with candidates but it depends on the larger organization and department. This is often a non-exempt role and commonly a contract position.

A candidate sourcing specialist is a person who finds ideal candidates for job positions. You might be employed by large corporations or work outside a company and be hired remotely. In either case your job is to look over applicants’ resumes and find the most suitable candidates for the positions available.

A list of position openings are given to you by managers and human resources personnel at the companies you work for, and it is then your responsibility to provide them with a list of people to interview. You have a lot to take into consideration when you’re finding your ideal candidates. You must find someone who fits the bill in the areas of education and experience, as well as salary and location. Since most of the work you do is online, your location is actually up for debate. Working from home is fairly common for sourcing specialists, with the exception of interviews (if that is a part of your role for the company).

Your daily tasks are to post jobs, review resumes, check with references, communicate with applicants and employers, update postings, and conduct interviews. You should be very organized in order to juggle all of the job applicants plus the meetings you have to dart around to. Networking and attending job fairs are also great ways for you to meet clients who may need your sourcing help, and give you an opportunity to familiarize yourself with various company structures and their particular needs.

Sourcers, also called talent sourcers have a variety of iterations depending on the needs of the company, which make this role very unique for each organization. These specialists are responsible for candidate sourcing and applicant screening as well as building a talent funnel and candidate engagement for open positions at a company.

A typical day as Sourcer includes:
Recruiting and screening candidates for current and future positions.
Develop, test, and track recruitment strategies to create an effective sourcing plan for top talent.
Engage and activate passive candidates through recruiting best practices and programs.
Build relationships with candidate communities to maintain a network of potential candidates and nurture a pipeline of potential candidates.
Communicate frequently with departmental and executive stakeholders to understand the needs of our hiring managers.

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