Sourcing is about more than CVs or Resumes

This post is inspired by my ramblings today at #TruSource in London

Let me ask you a few questions…

  • In the course of your career, have you ever put your CV to the web? Either on your own or a company website or uploaded it to a job board/cv database.
  • Is your CV currently up to date?
  • If your CV is up to date, is it uploaded to the web?

The answer to all three of these could very well be “No.” I expect that is the case for many people. Your CV is a very personal document, a document that you should really have some control over, especially its distribution.

It goes to show just how unlikely it is that any one person’s current CV is findable on the web, even if you had access to all the job boards, all the CV databases and the best CV finding search strings on the planet. This makes the UK’s Resourcer role somewhat limited.

Enter Sourcing. Sourcing is really about people, not CVs.

Let me ask you some different questions?

  • Do you have a LinkedIn profile?
  • A twitter account?
  • A blog?
  • A facebook profile?
  • Are you profiled on a company website?
  • Have you ever attended an industry event/conference?
  • Did you buy your ticket to that event from a site like eventbrite?
  • Have you ever been quoted in the press?

I’m sure you can answer “Yes” to at least one of the above, if not two or three… or all. Then your name and some information about what you do for a living is findable by a Sourcer.

Once a sourcer has a name, it’s possible to find out more about a person. Take a people search engine like pipl or 123people to help you track down other outposts with more information about the person you are looking at. One piece of information leads to another.
More than that –  it is easier to judge the age of a sources on the web. Blogs and Twitter profiles give the date of the owner’s last post, LinkedIn and Facebook tell us when the person last updated their status and atendee information from events is only as old as the event. On top of that, news articles are dated and comanies rarely leave profiles of past employees on their sites.

Do you make the most of the information out there on the web?