Sourcing Wisdom From The Hundred Acre Wood

Pooh might be a bear of very little brain and Eeyore might be the most pessimistic donkey you are likely to meet, but they know a few things that it would be well worth keeping in mind as a Sourcer.

“It’s best to know what you are looking for before you look for it.” – Pooh

It might sound obvious, but it’s important to have a good grasp of the profile you’re looking for. It helps to sit down with the recruiter that you are supporting, make them fill in a search request form or simply get all your questions answered before you start any kind of research.

“Organisation is what happens when you do a search and don’t all look in the same place at once.” – Pooh

It’s important to keep a record of where you’ve been and where you plan to go on a search, even if you end up straying down another path or finding new avenues to explore. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. It is also important to keep this in mind when Sourcing as part of a team. Make your database work with you and have clearly defined procedures for using it. You might have to be ready to take in hand anyone that doesn’t keep it up to date correctly.

“The wrong sort of bees would make the wrong sort of honey” – Pooh

If you put the wrong keywords in, then you’ll get the wrong candidates out. Always invest research into keywords, phrasing, qualifications, acronyms, industry associations and institutions.

“A good reason for going to see everybody is because it’s Thursday.” – Pooh

Don’t forget to be sociable. Social networks are a great source of talent – talented people that link to their friends and colleagues. Networking in real life is good too. So go and join in – it doesn’t even have to be a Thusday!

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“The wrong answers are the ones you go looking for when the right answer is staring you in the face.” – Eeyore

Most of the time sourcing doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated; you don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes. Usually the most obvious and easiest places to look are just the places your ideal candidates are hanging out.

Remember these things and soon you’ll have sourcing skills just like Tigger!

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I’ve been finding things in the forest,” said Tigger importantly. “I’ve found a pooh and a piglet and an eeyore…”

Quotes from the Winnie-The-Pooh books by A.A. Milne, Illustrations by E.H Shepard.

About TheSourceress

Katharine Robinson has written 98 post(s) for this blog.

Katharine (aka TheSourceress) began sourcing in April 2008 with a small Executive Search business specialising in Renewable Energy and, in March 2010, won the title of Grandmaster Sourcer at SourceCon in San Diego. Katharine has also worked in-house with Capgemini Consulting and is now working as a Freelance Consultant and Trainer.

Katharine (aka TheSourceress) began sourcing in April 2008 with a small Executive Search business specialising in Renewable Energy and, in March 2010, won the title of Grandmaster Sourcer at SourceCon in San Diego. Katharine has also worked in-house with Capgemini Consulting and is now working as a Freelance Consultant and Trainer.