I find the #NZlead session on #sourcing was boisterous, useful and fun, perhaps a bit like sourcing itself. Based on the views shared it is clear that the way sourcing is defined and performed, and what’s effective, varies widely. But there is a common theme that sourcing is becoming increasingly important. Rather than summarise by own point of views, I will highlight some tasty morsels from the discussions.

Q1) Do NZ organisations take sourcing/sourcers seriously? If not, why not?
The fact that sourcing is rarely strategic, but mostly reactive is a pointer that sourcing by itself is not the main priority for many NZ organisations. It appears sourcing is taken seriously only when a requirement arises; it’s reactive and rarely strategic. From what I can gather this is typical of sourcing in other countries. At the moment those who do strategic sourcing are enjoying the fruits and wanting more of it.

Q2) In your organisation what is the biggest hurdle to effective sourcing?
A large of part of sourcing today is having a go at new tools and channels. A culture shift is required as is training for all stakeholders. For some organisations it is the fear of the unknown. Budget restrictions can also be a huge hurdle

Q3) What is your best source of talent or most effective sourcing tool?

Effectiveness varies according to size of organisation and industry. Linkedin is popular, so is the traditional telephone and referrals are clearly one of the most effective sources of talent.

Q4) What sourcing tool are you tinkering with? What works? What doesn’t? Why?
A wide range of tools were discussed. New tools are ever emerging. Identifying and following early-adopters is fruitful.

Q.5 Candidate engagement
In the end, candidate engagement is paramount. Everything else pales in comparison and this is reflected in the discussions.

In conclusion, I have a strong sense that the dominant opinion is that NZ organisations are starting to wake up to the importance of sourcing. One great trait of sourcing, abetted by advances in technology, is that it can be a fascinating exercise and rarely boring, and this bodes well for its future.