The whole process of recruiting comprises of two areas in general: Sourcing and Selection. Sourcing is a process of extracting the information of suitable candidates and making it possible for them to attend the selection process.
Let us first get a hang of the recruitment process to get an idea about the evolution of CV Sourcing and gauge its importance. The process of recruiting dates back to the early days, Julius Caesar himself is said to have implemented a referral scheme; gifting each of the soldiers for one fellow soldier they bring into the army and that is how sourcing suitable candidature is taken care of.
For the most part of the successive years, this referral system has been pretty handy in filling the vacant positions. The pre-50’s, where industries are often in the demand of workforce in large numbers gave rise to wanted boards that hung in front. This period is followed by the coveted 60’s where advertising the jobs in local newspapers for sourcing candidates is practiced. The following 20 years paved the way for the recruitment consultants, who day in and day out had to squeeze their work hours on the telephone, sourcing candidates using then methods of specialized magazines and job boards. These methods were okay for those times, but as the job market grew in 90’s, online job boards made it easy for the employers to reach job seekers. The considerable increase in the internet users helped this process too. Fast forward 10 years, sourcing candidates using online job portals with an able support from platforms like LinkedIn became a norm now. But as the job market today grew by leaps and bounds and cut throat competition associated with it, these methods of operation prove to be ineffective. Yes, they are not good as they seem, period. Puzzled? Check out our next post in the series to find out the reason.
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