Attracting top candidates to a company relies more and more on the sourcing strategies implemented by the talent acquisition managers' team.
Meanwhile companies used to post jobposts on different channels and jobboards and wait for candidates to apply (inbound recruiting), candidate sourcing is when recruiters start to actively look for candidates who can be open to new opportunities.
Candidates sourcing is a process part of the outboung recruiting. Whereas sourcing used to be mainly done by recruiting agencies and head hunters, it is now a skill mandatory for all recruiters and talent acquisition managers.
How to find top talents? How to implement a sourcing strategy in your compnay in order to hire the best candidates?
One the mistake usually done in sourcing is that recruiters' tend to start from scratch every time they need to hunt from. Using your ATS (Applicant Tracking System) or your recruitment CRM, you can find all the candidates you have already engaged with.
For instance, using Leonar you can set different talent pools that will be filled with the different candidates you engage with.
You will be able to source directly in these different talent pools, where you will see :
Nurtering your candidates database is one area of improvement that will help you engage with previous leads and build a strong candidates pipeline.
Even if Linkedin is not the only source of candidates for recruiters, most of the outbound recruiting is done through this network. It will be mandatory for you to be a master of:
To learn more about how to source on Linkedin, you can find here the 7 Sourcing Techniques on Linkedin Recruiter Pro and Lite.
You can engage with candidates through many different channels:
Leonar will help you build sequences using these different possibilies
Top talents are always busy. That is why you need to often send follow up messages to them.
Many candidates only respond after three different messages. You will need to build message sequences to make sure you will get the maximum response rate by candidates, using the different channels listed above.
Always give feedback to the candidates you engage with. If there are not fit for the job, they can be tomorrow. It will also be a benefit for your employer brand.
Sourcing can be a really time consuming process. Exporting and classifying candidates is the first step that can be automated.
Using Leonar, for each step of your sequence, you will be able to define if you want it to be done automatically or if it needs to be validated. Usually, recruiters tend to automate the messages if they never had engage with the candidate before.
Whenever the candidate respond to a recruiter on Linkedin or by email, the automatic sequence will stop.
The sourcing process is like any process. To be improved, it needs to be measured. Following KPIs need to be tracked in order to adapt the sourcing strategy to the recruitment market:
Recruitment, nowadays, needs to be Data-Driven. Without these metrics, it would be tough for recruiters to improve their processes. Recruitment CRM usually provide dashboards with all the analytics required.
Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is the perfect software to manage inbound recruiting. It can also be used for managing talent pools and pipelines. Sourcing in your ATS is possible if you do not want to reach out to new and external candidates.
However, if you want to have a tool that will help you on all steps of the sourcing process, you will have to use a recruitment CRM. It is the software that will help you:
Using a recruitment CRM you divide by 4 the times spent on sourcing, and increase highly your response rate
During all the recruitment process, hiring managers have a main role to play.
Of course, during a kick off meeting, they need to:
Beside the kick off, recruiters and hiring managers must collaborate during the whole process.
During the whole process, both hiring managers and recruiters need to think out of the box and innovate to find out the best candidates.
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