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Job sourcers – what they are, and why it’s important to you

Hope you read that right: these are sourcers – not sorcerers, although they may seem to be the latter. Sourcers find candidates – typically passive candidates (those not looking for work). They do this for recruiters and HR managers. And their techniques are pretty incredible.

jobmachineI’ve studied this art (science?) a bit, because I think that if you can reverse engineer what the sourcers do, it will make it easier for them to find you. The two leading sourcers are Shally Steckerl and Glenn Gutmacher, and now they both work in the same company. You can find them on the web at

Here’s a sample of Shally’s magic:

There are over 70 different hacks and search techniques in our Advanced Blog CheatSheet but here’s a sample of one of them:

Search Google with action words people use when describing what they do for a living. Combining that with the power of the tilde ~ along with the intitle: and inurl: field syntax helps idenitify resumes attached to blogs. For example, if seeking Sarbanes-Oxley auditors you could use:

auditor SOX (built | created | designed | worked) (intitle:~blog | inurl:~blog) ~cv -job -jobs -send -submit -you

Try it! Shally is a magician! If you’re not familiar with the tilde (~) search parameter, it asks Google to use synonyms. The original post is here.

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  1. RD says

    I’m so glad to find others who are helping people. I developed a website offering free job postings and resume postings. It will be launching April 15th. I have been looking for other businesses and blogs to link my site to. I’m going right over to and get a link.
    Thanks so much.