Last week we attended the European Sourcing Summit and Tru London and this week we presented at Discover Sourcing, featuring some of the world’s best people sourcing experts. It was great to be part of and get high praise from some these amazing people.
Finding the right people for an opportunity is hard, whether as a recruiter, for a large company or for a small startup. Despite running a recruitment business for 5 years, it still took me 6 months full-time to find and recruit Raz.
Our aim is to try to make sourcing so easy that the issue is no longer about finding people. Instead, recruitment should be about doing the ‘right’ research and using appropriate methods of contact, as well as the quality of the opportunity that defines the likelihood of making a good hire. Our aim – to make the labour market a bit more liquid.
We’ve a long way to go, in the meantime, here are some tips, to help those of you recruiting find the best people quickly and more efficiently. Note that for sites like LinkedIn, Twitter etc. using 3Sourcing with the advanced filters can actually speed up your ability to cross-reference people on these sites.
Remember, if you’re a candidate this also applies to you in reverse – how are you appearing in people’s searches?
- Use Rapportive (now owned by LinkedIn) to help you connect with people on various social networks. Note, you can also use 3Sourcing to do the same by typing in someone’s name. You can also guess a person’s email by finding a company format and inputting in Rapportive. If their picture comes up, you know it’s the right mail.
- Use Boomerang to get a read receipt and also send you’re a reminder if your email hasn’t had a response.
- Find almost anyones email address using LinkedIn
- Bing is better than Google for X-ray-ing LinkedIn
- If LinkedIn restricts you from opening one of their pages, try opening it in ‘incognito mode’ on your browser instead.
- To get Facebook graph search even if you’re outside of the US, just go to your settings and change your language to English US.
- Facebook Graph Search Issues
- Hacking Facebook Graph
Other techniques and sites:
- Send people a letter – this was something Martin Lee mentioned has one of the highest response rates of any format. Go old-skool. Try carrier pigeon and smoke-signals too.
- Go to Meetups, meetings and meet people face-to-face, there’s nothing like building rapport with real people.
- Use google image search – you can pull images into the search and it will find matching photos (i.e. if someone uses the same profile photo). It’s good for dating sites and Airbnb too, we’re told!
- Try using document searches to find resumes – e.g. PHP developer london (filetype:pdf OR filetype:doc)
If you’re interested in finding out the latest tools to help source candidates, check out their blogs here:
- Boolean Black Belt by Glen Cathey
- Katharine Robinson’s The Sourceress (running Discover Sourcing, next week)
- Boolean Strings, by Irina Shamaeva (it’s also worth joining their LinkedIn Group)
- The Recruiting Unblog by Bill Boorman who runs Global Tru
- Jim Stroud
- And our old favourites, Social Talent
Over the coming months we’ll be sharing lots more sourcing tips, to help you find the people you need.