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Become A Sourcer

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Working As A Sourcer

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Staffing Organizational Units
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $58,350

    Average Salary

What Does A Sourcer Do

Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle tasks related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.

Duties

Human resources specialists typically do the following:

  • Consult with employers to identify employment needs
  • Interview applicants about their experience, education, and skills
  • Contact references and perform background checks on job applicants
  • Inform applicants about job details, such as duties, benefits, and working conditions
  • Hire or refer qualified candidates for employers
  • Conduct or help with new employee orientation
  • Keep employment records and process paperwork

Human resources specialists are often trained in all human resources disciplines and perform tasks throughout all areas of the department. In addition to recruiting and placing workers, human resources specialists help guide employees through all human resources procedures and answer questions about policies. They sometimes administer benefits, process payroll, and handle any associated questions or problems, although many specialists may focus more on strategic planning and hiring instead of administrative duties. They also ensure that all human resources functions comply with federal, state, and local regulations. 

The following are examples of types of human resources specialists:

Human resources generalists handle all aspects of human resources work. They may have duties in all areas of human resources including recruitment, employee relations, compensation, benefits, training, as well as the administration of human resources policies, procedures, and programs. 

Placement specialists match employers with qualified jobseekers. They search for candidates who have the skills, education, and work experience needed for jobs, and they try to place those candidates with employers. They also may help set up interviews.

Recruitment specialists, sometimes known as personnel recruiters or head hunters,” find, screen, and interview applicants for job openings in an organization. They search for applicants by posting listings, attending job fairs, and visiting college campuses. They also may test applicants, contact references, and extend job offers.

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How To Become A Sourcer

Human resources specialists must usually have a bachelor’s degree.

Education

Applicants seeking positions as a human resources specialist must usually have a bachelor’s degree in human resources, business, or a related field.

Coursework typically includes business, industrial relations, psychology, professional writing, human resource management, and accounting.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Some positions, particularly human resources generalists, may require previous work experience. Candidates can gain experience as human resources assistants, in customer service positions, or in other related jobs.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Many professional associations that specialize in human resources offer courses intended to enhance the skills of their members, and some offer certification programs. For example, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) offers the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

Although certification is usually voluntary, some employers may prefer or require it. Human resources generalists, in particular, can benefit from certification because it shows knowledge and professional competence across all human resources areas. 

Advancement

Human resources specialists who possess a thorough knowledge of their organization, as well as an understanding of regulatory compliance needs, can advance to become human resources managers. Specialists can increase their chance of advancement by completing voluntary certification programs.

Important Qualities

Decisionmaking skills. Human resources specialists use decisionmaking skills when reviewing candidates’ qualifications or when working to resolve disputes.  

Detail oriented. Specialists must be detail oriented when evaluating applicants’ qualifications, performing background checks, maintaining records of an employee grievance, and ensuring that a workplace is in compliance with labor standards. 

Interpersonal skills. Specialists continually interact with new people and must be able to converse and connect with people from different backgrounds. 

Listening skills. Listening skills are essential for human resources specialists. When interviewing job applicants, for example, specialists must pay careful attention to candidates’ responses, understand the points they are making, and ask relevant followup questions. 

Speaking skills. All specialists need strong speaking skills to be effective at their job. They often give presentations and must be able to clearly convey information about their organizations and jobs within them.

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Sourcer Demographics

Gender

Female

60.7%

Male

36.0%

Unknown

3.3%
Ethnicity

White

71.2%

Asian

14.2%

Hispanic or Latino

11.9%

Unknown

2.0%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.1%

Japanese

28.6%

Portuguese

14.3%

Sourcer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.9%

San Francisco State University

8.9%

San Jose State University

7.1%

Washington State University

5.4%

University of Maryland - University College

5.4%

University of San Francisco

5.4%

Monmouth University

5.4%

University of California - Santa Cruz

5.4%

Texas State University

5.4%

Strayer University

5.4%

Middle Tennessee State University

5.4%

Saint Louis Community College

3.6%

Texas A&M University

3.6%

City University of Seattle

3.6%

Arizona State University

3.6%

University of Washington

3.6%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.6%

Santa Clara University

3.6%

Webster University

3.6%

Northeastern University

3.6%
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Majors

Business

25.2%

Human Resources Management

12.6%

Communication

9.8%

Psychology

7.7%

Law

4.2%

Management

3.5%

Biology

3.5%

Marketing

3.5%

Counseling Psychology

3.5%

Accounting

3.5%

Sociology

2.8%

Political Science

2.8%

Computer Science

2.8%

Liberal Arts

2.8%

Human Development

2.1%

Environmental Science

2.1%

Business Communications

2.1%

Criminal Justice

2.1%

Education

2.1%

Finance

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.0%

Other

19.9%

Masters

14.1%

Associate

7.3%

Certificate

2.9%

Doctorate

2.4%

Diploma

1.5%

License

1.0%
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Real Sourcer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Talent Sourcer-C&E HR Staffing-Us or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 31, 2014 $103,028 -
$123,028
Talent Sourcer-C&E Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 25, 2014 $103,028
Talent Sourcer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 05, 2015 $93,000
Talent Sourcer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jun 15, 2015 $90,000
Engineering Sourcer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jul 09, 2012 $88,000
Software Engineering Sourcer Gary D. Nelson Associates, Inc. Mountain View, CA Apr 15, 2013 $83,480
Engineering Sourcer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 30, 2012 $80,000
Talent Acquisition Sourcer Mastercard International Incorporated Miami, FL Aug 17, 2015 $75,000
Sourcer Theranos, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jun 24, 2015 $66,914 -
$80,000
Talent Identification Sourcer Advantage Human Resourcing Jersey City, NJ Jan 15, 2010 $62,000

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Top Skills for A Sourcer

LinkedinRecruiterInternalDatabaseSearchesMonsterIdentifyPotentialCandidatesATSHighVolumeOpenPositionsPassiveCandidatesBooleanSearchStringsTaleoResumeDatabasesHRCareerFairsCareerBuilderSourceCandidatesFacebookSearchEnginesFinancialHealthScienceSoftwareEngineers

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Top Sourcer Skills

  1. Linkedin Recruiter
  2. Internal Database Searches
  3. Monster
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • -Created job descriptions and posted open requisitions on various job boards, Monster, Indeed, etc.
  • Utilize internal database to identify potential candidates.
  • Enter candidates and requisitions into ATS database, and perform regular updates.
  • Work high volume with entry, mid and high level requisitions under the direction of the Recruiter.
  • Maintained a stream of candidates for open positions and candidate pool.

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