The Sourcing Tools Survey Summary

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The first ever Sourcing Tools Survey has been completed. We had 633 participants from 36 countries!

About 60% of participants were US-based. These countries had a strong representation: Australia, Canada, India, and the UK.

About 90% of those who participated were people in recruiting and sourcing: about ½ from agencies and ½ from corporations. We also had a number of sales, business development people, recruiting software manufacturers, and librarians (!) among the participants.

The job titles/levels ranged anywhere from Coordinators and Assistants all the way to Senior VPs and CEO’s.

All the major industries were covered, with the majority of the participants coming from IT, finances, and healthcare.


The survey had gathered information about familiarity, usage, and usefulness of a wide and representative range of sourcing tools, from “traditional” to new and cutting-edge.

(If you are looking to explore new tools, please check out the recently updated Tools page on my blog. It is not meant to be a “complete” list in any sense, but it lists some tools we think may be worth exploring.)

The survey has revealed some curious numbers and facts. One fact that stands out for me is that recruiters who have access to tools, quite often under-use or even ignore the functionality that is really powerful, but it “additional” or “optional” in their minds, or as the vendors have presented it. Examples are the Open Web for Dice users, the Talent Pipeline for LinkedIn Recruiter users, and the Signal for LinkedIn users.

As promised, I have shared the full report (without the personal info, of course) with all the participants. Thanks a lot to those of you who have contributed their answers!

Are you curious about the results? The Full Sourcing Tools Survey Results will be shared on a complementary basis with everyone who gets a prerecorded training from the Training Library or signs up for the People Sourcing Certification Program now until May 3, 2013.


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