Want to be a good sourcer? Don’t forget where you came from!

Kelly Dingee Kelly Dingee, Sourcing

A lot of you probably don’t know this, but I met my husband when I was a senior in high school.  We got engaged in college and married a year after I graduated.  Due to our humble beginnings and surviving on the salaries typical of retail workers, my engagement and wedding rings are beautiful but modest.  My husband’s brothers married a little bit further along in life and went the route of the big ol’ multi karat diamond with their wives.

This makes my husband periodically ask me if I’d like a new ring.  I know he’s getting ready to ask again because we’re celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary this year.

And my answer is always, categorically, no.  I look at my ring and I remember where I came from. Remembering where you came from is important in work too, especially for a sourcer.

After years of working as a one woman sourcing department, I am afforded the luxury of having a team.  And it is glorious to be able to delegate some of the time sucking tasks like email generation.

But every once in a while, I get to step back in to do some of this email generation. It’s an excellent reminder to go back to the basic sourcing tasks. When I start searching for emails, which often just takes a minute or two, I almost always uncover additional names and resources for sourcing.  The “Aha” moments always surprise me.

Now, this email generation has become part of my tiered sourcing strategy.  Candidates we’ve really liked for a gig? I pull their basic information and search for their email.  Or search their email to see where else I can find it online and is there anyone just like them online.

A little different.  But effective.