Out of the Box - Sourcing Strategies That Find the Hard To Find

Here are some ideas that I have tried recently that have found the hard to find needle in a haystack - trust me they work the miracles when the chips are down and you need to find your rock star diamond hidden in the rough:


Candidate pipelining - build the network and they will come - on LinkedIn join user groups of which you can have 50 - create a compelling blog which lists your latest opportunities and post to the user groups every two weeks.  Soon compelling candidates will find you as you tweet, facebook friend, and Linkedin to incredible candidates - just enough to whet the appetite, if you build the network they will come.


Job Board Sourcing - check weekly and continue to look for new candidates that fit your needs as they upload their resume, and then be the first to call them.  You'll beat the crowd of folks trying to get your number 1 hire.


Look for Professional Associations and send the job description to the board members who oversee the professional association, often these associations will have free job posting not to mention may have access to tons of candidate referrels, whet their appetite and watch the stars come to you.  Here is a comprehensive listing of major professional associations - a wealth of information - thanks Mr. Weddle!  -


You can always google professional association and your desired job function to find what you are looking for.


Look for little known nuggets of Government funded programs where great candidates affected by the economy have gone to find help: in CA we have CalJobs, which candidates must register on - if you post a job you have access to a free job board and can search profiles.  Ahh, the diamond in the rough found in a little known place.  Volunteer for the community associations that support job seekers and Viola networking yeilds the hard to find candidate in a little known place.


Networking - as powerful as ever, needn't be so hard - join Facebook groups, post jobs to alumni forums on the social media platforms, contact local universities to find out who lurks in thier alumni groups, and find the conference speakers who are industry phenomenons and connect with them.  Recruiting success is harnessed when your networking pipelines are filled to the brim with solutions others just don't try.  As well calling these folks direct will always yield success and a name or two.


And that's my sourcing success tips for today.

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Comment by Chuck Morgan on May 20, 2011 at 2:16pm
Great stuff Mike.  Thanks so much for sharing.
Comment by Valentino Martinez on May 21, 2011 at 2:24am
All this is good stuff and it all works--plus creating subsets of these.
Comment by Suzanne Levison on May 24, 2011 at 11:52am
All of this is good stuff, I agree. What works for me is to pick up the phone, start cold calling/networking in my niche industry..My first strategy, always.
Comment by Recruiting Animal on May 25, 2011 at 10:56am
I dare you to call into my show today at NOON eastern and defend your ideas
Comment by Recruiting Animal on May 25, 2011 at 10:57am
Here's the link with the contact info -http://bit.ly/jVWDA9
Comment by Jerry Albright on May 25, 2011 at 11:14am
This is what you're now resorting to for finding guests for your show?  Jumping into threads and daring people to come on?  #Interesting......
Comment by Robert Harvie on May 25, 2011 at 11:56am
Mike: great article and I completely agree with having to go outside the box to find the best of the best.  Going outside the box means going after those passive candidates that are tougher to reach.  Utilizing Social Media, specifically linked-in, is a tremendous way to use your network and reach out to specific groups that you share with individuals you know and trust. Posting blogs and stating current opportunities will help increase that trusted network.  As you said, if you build it (by spending the time and putting forth the effort) they will come!


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