I referred in a recent post to one of my early jobs in industry, a junior recruitment researcher – and gave some views on how that role has now evolved. Events like SOSUEU and Discover Sourcing are very much accelerating that process. I keep abreast of many of the blogs on talent sourcing at present (and write the odd post too). There’s a solid focus in the main on two aspects:
- Getting the best out of mainstream search engines via advanced search techniques
- Learning how to map and dissect more specialist sites to extract information which can be used for recruitment purposes
Its strikes me that this work is conducted by sourcing specialists, working as part of a wider recruitment time. Contrast this against the HR profession, where in recent years we’ve seen the emergence of HR Business Partners – people who are HR specialists by trade and training, but work as an embedded part of the business to really understand and support it’s objectives. Maybe this is the future of sourcing – dedicated researchers, deeply embedded with a specific business team, unearthing new talent – and subsequently passing those leads back to a more centralised recruitment team to bring them into the business.
That being the case, the sourcer could be expected to develop far deeper knowledge of the team itself – so in the case of a technology sourcer, a level of coding knowledge hitherto unheard of. Should that happen, a new suite of tools might well be the order of the day.
So, just in case someone IS looking to go that route…. I offer you Nerdy Data. It’s a search engine, but a very different kind. Regular search engines look at the text a web page presents and to an extent, the metadata too. They DON’T touch the code a site is built with. Nerdy Data provides the user with the ability to search source code itself, or backlinks, or SEO tags, metadata and so on. Results are presented in a very different way and it’s certainly not a site the average recruiter will feel comfortable with – but if you’re a sourcer looking for a developer with experience of using a particular function or library, this site could be your new best friend. You can also export results in a variety of formats, including CSV or plain text.
As an example, google-gson is a library which converts Java Objects into a JSON representation. Let’s take a look at sites which actually use that library:
For technology sales people, the lead generation opportunities are clear too. Figure out which solutions are substandard to yours, search out all sites using those. Target list, done. The engine will even grab the domain owner info for you if you wish!
A free account is available to get you started and gives enough credits to explore. If you feel there’s value, paid accounts are available lifting the number of search credits you have. Go play, let me know in the comments what you think. Useful? Too complex? The future of sourcing? A sign of future search engine monisation strategy?