You may rest assured that this situation will not last.
The web is best when it tears down the friction that separates information from the people who need it. The folks who work hard mining data manually today will be flipping burgers in the near future. The skills required to move forward are unlike the ones being taught. Contemporary sourcing is a dead-end occupation with little in the way of transferrable skills.
Next generation recruiting is about relating intimately, not about mutual discovery. It's about fidelity and long term value exchange, not one night stands. It's about data that updates itself because the relationship is constantly working. Finding each other? Easy. Building an enduring relationship? Hard.
For a while, sourcing will be a high dollar, easy pickings income source. But, in the relatively short term, the need for the expertise will evaporate. Former sourcing luminaries will be familiarizing themselves with the alarm on the French fry machine and the relative difference between Rare, Medium and Well done.
Evaporate, as in "What air freshener scent would you like with your car wash?"
So, what do you do if you're a sourcer (or any kind of Recruiter, for that matter)?
You are all right and you are all wrong
The wonderful thing about human nature is our ability as a species is to think (and over think) about what the future may hold.
We all said the earth was flat…..now we know it is not
Lots of the world brightest scientific minds at one stage believed in a "steady state model", until later it was proven that the world actually originated from the “Big Bang Theory”
I say one day recruiting as a profession will go the way of the dinosaur as well, the issue with the statement I just made is when I put a date next to it
The same can be said of Sourcing which is just the specialization of a part of the recruiting function. The real question is the when and what form does it evolve too and now take on……..Relationship Managers; Community Developers; etc?
We have a tendency sometimes to think too much in absolutes (this vs. that) vs. the way the world really works which is more of our ability to evolve and adapt by taking the best of the old and applying it to the needs of today.
Sourcing is not dead because it was it has always been here, it is just a specialized part of what recruiters do. Some companies and individuals decided to become specialized like outplacement companies are specializations of the recruiting function and the same can be said for the different tools that a recruiter/Sourcer/Relationship Manager/etc can leverage to identify, attract and romance talent.
So when I think of predictions of the future, I occasionally refer back to this video to keep me sane in my crystal ball gazing left hand brain
I need to hear the sound of my own fingers on the keyboard jumping in as the 95th person in dicussion that should have finshed 90 responses ago