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)?
Glenn, I hope so too but a-la The Matrix? Didn't you find that story-line a little...uhhh....unsettling?
I'm also looking forward to BeamMeUp Scotty technology to transport me from Cincinnati to Singapore (I hate long plane rides) in a few seconds - if they can't do that in my lifetime I'll settle for a JetPack a-la The Jetsons!
I do hope that at some point either a producer of tools, software, the next big thing or someone, anyone within our industry puts together a well run, respected and affordable recruiter training program..
Animal, I appreciate your offer.
Having directly experienced the offshore outsourcing phenomenon recruiting in I/T within the Investment/Financial Services and Insurance industries from 1983-2003 moving into Defense Engineering mid 2003-Present, I'd hate to start a controvery in fear of stirring the pot.