Video: What’s the Difference Between a Recruiter and a Sourcer?
Last month, the Simply Hired team attended SourceCon Atlanta, an event designed to help sourcers and recruiters develop strategies and tactics for hiring talent. The team and I were delighted to meet and exchange ideas with professionals in the employment industry.
One key theme at SourceCon was the distinction between a recruiter and a sourcer. Here’s one stat we learned from ERE:
Lines are blurring between sourcers & recruiters: #ERE study shows 79% of sourcers responsible for candidate ID & engagement. #SourceCon
— Simply Hired (@SimplyHired) February 19, 2014
To gain a better understanding of how employment professionals differentiate between sourcing and recruiting, we interviewed a few attendees. Watch this video to hear their thoughts:
Additionally, the #SourceCon Twitter stream was abuzz with insights on sourcing and recruiting. Here are 10 tweets we found most valuable:
@socialtalent “expert knowledge of your market is what makes a great sourcer”. #ssrsourcecon #sourcecon
— Greg Karr (@gregkarr_SSR) February 19, 2014
Online creeper = the basis of potentially great sourcer 🙂 #sourcecon
— Betsy Beard (@betsy7b) February 19, 2014
Great practice = keep the referrer aware of where their referral is in the process. #sourcecon #employeereferral #respect
— Megan Stanish (@megstanish) February 19, 2014
Discussions have moved from not just finding people, but how to engage with them #sourcecon
— Raedawn Johnson (@RaedawnJohnson1) February 20, 2014
Takeaway: Success at sourcing isn’t about having the right tech, it’s about having the right approach & mindset. #SourceCon
— Matt Charney (@mattcharney) February 20, 2014
Love sending InMails? Try leaving a phone message referencing the InMail u just sent. Works like a charm! @jimschnyder #sourcecon
— Johnny Campbell (@socialtalent) February 20, 2014
Referrals 3.0: Stop asking for referrals, research who ur employees know & then approach them & ask them about them #sourcecon
— Johnny Campbell (@socialtalent) February 19, 2014
Totally agree! RT @jimstroud: Knowledge of your industry outweighs knowledge of boolean when sourcing talent. #sourcecon
— Amybeth Quinn (@researchgoddess) February 19, 2014
Recruiting Is an Ongoing Process, Not a One-Time Event http://t.co/OnglRTe86r #sourcecon
— Jeremy Roberts, SPHR (@imJeremyR) March 11, 2014
#sourcecon Get the goals and success metrics in line before you source.
— Jim Stroud (@jimstroud) February 20, 2014
What are your thoughts on the differences between a sourcer and a recruiter? How have the two roles evolved over the last few years? We’d love your input in the comments section.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to speak with the Simply Hired team. We were happy to hear positive feedback on Simply Hired’s employer solutions, and we’re always open to feedback for improvement.