Okay, that might have been a bit dramatic, but I do expect a strong negative reaction from some folks because I am going to address an issue that might be a tad sensitive to the sourcing community.
The issue I would like to address is the apparent obsession of many with exotic sourcing.
What is Exotic Sourcing?
If you check out the definition of “exotic,” you will find “strikingly, excitingly, or mysteriously different or unusual.”
Exotic sourcing consists of sourcing methods and technologies that are, yes – you guessed it – “strikingly, excitingly, or mysteriously different or unusual.”
If you’re looking for some examples, here are a few:
- Alternate search engines (e.g., Blekko, DuckDuckGo, PeekYou, etc.)
- Custom Search Engines
- Esoteric Internet searches
- The next “big thing” site (Pinterest, Instagram, etc.)
What’s the Problem?
I like experimenting with new search engines, deep web searches, and seeing if I can extract sourcing and recruiting value from new, non-recruiting websites sites just like many people do in the global sourcing community. Yes, I’ll admit I’ve poked around Pinterest and Instagram.
So what’s the problem? Continue reading