7 Core Characteristics of a Talent Sourcer

Jan Tegze
5 min readApr 10, 2018

This article was first published on amazinghiring.com

I was asked by AmazingHiring team during my interview What makes a person a good recruiter?” My answer was: Curiosity and passion. And I strongly believe that, but what are the top characteristics of great talent sourcer?

The job of a talent sourcer in any organization is important, as everyone knows that “the people make the workplace.” Therefore the quality of talent an organization receives determines how far the organization will go on the path to success. And this is exactly what makes the job of a talent sourcer important as the burden of searching for quality candidates who are fit for the organization in terms of both skills and personality rests squarely on their shoulders.

Therefore, for any talent sourcer to make any meaningful impact in an organization and get recognition for their efforts, here are the top qualities they must possess:

Ability to think beyond restrictions

The advent of the internet and social media has made this a necessary trait that any talent sourcer must have. Things are happening at the pace of lightning. Many industries are getting ready to be disrupted by technologies like A.I., chatbots etc.

Social media also has an effect on how organizations work and is opening up new portals for potential candidates to showcase their skills. The sourcing role is also following this trend and it is not unusual to hear about people being recruited via Facebook, Twitter and other social media. It’s the way work has been redefined.

A sourcer must be able to blend and change with the times while being able to identify opportunities where others are not looking. A good sourcer should not be limited by rules but go ahead and get creative.

Willingness to develop new skill sets and hone old ones

In the ever-dynamic world of today, what used to be the order of the day might become relegated and forgotten before the day ends. A talent sourcer should be open to new sourcing methods and skills.

To get ahead, a good talent sourcer must be sensitive to the needs of the people he/she is working for since…



Jan Tegze

Author of bestseller “Full Stack Recruiter”, fullstackrecruiter.net #Recruiter, Dream Chaser, Creator of impossible, #BlackBerry fan (probably the only one).