Research - To find it, you must understand it!!!!!
Research Comes First – Research is the key to success for any great sourcer. Research to learn what you are looking for, what it might be called or known as, and where it might be found. Research is the beginning step for all great sourcers. Every great sourcer should have an organized library of resources. Whether this comes in the form of organized bookmarks and favorites or a notebook, it is imperative to track your research. Sourcers also understand the necessity of tracking their research and search strings using research forms. My research form includes synonyms to keywords, a list of competitors and their url’s, as well as associated sites and universities that offer the particular discipline among other things. I have a research folder in my favorites that include subfolders for associations, company profile information, company financial profile information, industry resource folders broken down by discipline as well as news resources and a variety of other links.