A key concern to any organization is finding and hiring the best, most talented people. Employees are the backbone of almost every company and regarded as its most valuable resource.
Helping find the right candidates is a Sourcers’ focus. Sourcers are akin to recruiters, but different in that they typically are tasked with finding and reaching out to passive candidates. These are people not actively applying through a company’s website or job posts, but instead, those talented individuals who may be an excellent fit for a company, but need to be discovered and contacted.
Sourcers, in other words, are hunters. They’re great at researching social media, the internet, and beyond to find those great candidates who might have slipped through the cracks, or may not be aware of opportunities for them at the Sourcer’s company. In today’s world, there is no single best way to find and recruit talent, making a Sourcer’s role an essential one in the recruitment process — finding qualified candidates where others can’t, then typically handing them over to a recruiter.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities
- Follow up on leads to determine and source the best potential job candidates
- Identify and interact with potential passive candidates via social media and professional networks
- Serve as the primary point of contact for incoming candidates
- Post job openings, review resumes, conduct interviews, and negotiate compensation of potential employees
- Maintain consultative relationships with hiring managers
- Make recommendations to hiring managers
- Help develop talent pipelines and related databases
Education and Background
This position requires a bachelor’s degree in human resources management, business administration, organizational development, or a related field.
Skills and Proficiencies
- Experience working in full-cycle recruitment
- Strong relationship-building skills
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
- Analytical and communications skills
- Expertise in adaptability, accountability, and confidentiality
According to Payscale the median annual salary of a Sourcer with
1 Year of Experience:
- Orlando, Florida: $37,000
- Tampa, Florida: $40,000
- Jacksonville, Florida: $37,000
- Miami, Florida: $45,000
- Atlanta, Georgia: $51,000
- Chicago, Illinois: $48,000
- Houston, Texas: $57,000
- Los Angeles, California: $48,000
- New York City, New York: $46,000
- Seattle, Washington: $52,000
- Overall: $44,000
5 Years of Experience:
- Orlando, Florida: $52,000
- Tampa, Florida: $45,000
- Jacksonville, Florida: $44,000
- Miami, Florida: $51,000
- Atlanta, Georgia: $63,000
- Chicago, Illinois: $55,000
- Houston, Texas: $67,000
- Los Angeles, California: $59,000
- New York City, New York: $80,000
- Seattle, Washington: $70,000
- Overall: $56,000
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The career path for a Sourcer starts by obtaining a bachelor’s degree in human resources management, business administration, organizational development, or a related field. Also, earning certification as a Professional in Human Resources or a specific certification in talent sourcing can advance a career in human resources.
According to SelectHub, the employee experience will become more central in the roles of human resources professionals; they will have to prioritize employee-centric culture and experience to recruit the best candidates. And while some automation and artificial intelligence (AI) may coexist with human resources jobs, they will serve as complementary technologies, helping HR Sourcers do their jobs more efficiently.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of human resources specialists (like Sourcers) is projected to grow five percent through 2028, putting projected growth at about average overall compared to job opportunities for all occupations.
The typical hours for a Sourcer are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in an office setting.
Where You Can Find Jobs
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- Career Builder
- Zip Recruiter
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