3 Great Online Sourcing Tips

By Jeremy BonewitzTalent Acquisition Manager – Stantec  


I recently attended Online Sourcing Learning Day 2020, and I‘d like to share three tips that I took away from this exceptional webinar for recruiters. The event featured six seminars that focused on employer branding and data, OSINT and sourcing on Facebook, and social sourcing.   

Tip No. 1: Facebook and HelloTalent 

I really enjoyed learning more about OSINT and how to recruit differently on Facebook.  One tool I was particularly interested in for OSINT was HelloTalentwhich allows you to find candidates on different social media sites along with their contact information.  There’s even a Chrome extension that you can add to make things easier for your everyday sourcing!

Tip No. 2: Facebook search 

As we all know, Facebook isn’t as friendly to recruiters for sourcing as some other platforms, but this tip will surely come in handy.  

For example, adding the key word in the search box such as location and company name and then using the filters can effectively help your results when searching in Facebook.  

There is also the “Copy Link Address” trick that allows you to paste the URL from a hyperlink into a specific search box in the filters section to help target specific companies and/or locations that are not listed in Facebook’s search.   

Tip No. 3: LinkedIn SSI Report 

Another cool thing I learned about was LinkedIn’s SSI report.  According to LinkedIn, the SSI (Social Selling Index) is a score from LinkedIn based on how effectively you portray your professional brand, build relationships, find the right people, and engage with insights.  This is something I’m betting few people know about.  You can read more about it in this LinkedIn post: How to Find Your LInkedIn SSI Report. 

Overall, Online Sourcing Learning Day 2020 was a great recruiting conference that definitely provided some actionable takeaways that my team and I will be using as we source and recruit for top talent. I look forward to joining it again in 2021!