The UK’s Secret Sourcers

It is easy to think that there aren’t any great talent sourcers in the UK.

They are certainly not very visible online, and wouldn’t they be if they existed?

A few weeks ago at the Executive Research Association’s Annual Conference, I met a whole group of undiscovered secret sourcers!


I was really impressed by the people I met there. Some identified as researchers, some as recruiters, resourcers or head hunters, but all of them were clearly very passionate about tracking down hard to find talent. I really hope some of them decide to raise their profiles by sharing their skills with us online.

I was asked to share with them some tips and tricks when it comes to searching the web for candidates. When I sat down to write my presentation, I decided to share some of the first things I had learned when I started out as a researcher in 2008.

Here are the slides I shared with the ERA group – giving you a crash course in Google-ing for talent.

Andy Headworth also gave a fantastic keynote presentation “Social Media – Friend or Foe” – I’d recommend checking that out too.