Is the face of sourcing just changing somehow? Or has it always been like this?
I have been in sourcing for over 15 years and I have loved every moment of it. However, in my most recent position, and the one before it, my current sourcing team was, and is now being, replaced by much less experienced sourcers. In both cases I have watched two different experienced and veteran sourcing managers be replaced by younger recruiting professionals who had never done sourcing as a job but suddenty now are given the charge of managing a veteran sourcing team. The first time this happened, all remote sourcing employees (which consisted of three senior sourcers) were laid off and replaced by recent college graduates to do the sourcing. This time around, it seems like our new sourcing manager is seeking to find younger and less developed sourcers to add to and/or replace members on the team. I am not sure if this is just a normal cycle that more experienced sourcing professionals see happening. Maybe sourcing is a profession that calls for fresh replenishment? I know there are some much more senior sourcing profressionals out there than myself but they seem fewer and fewer. Any enlightenment?
There are definitely two schools of thought in terms of sourcing as a function. I firmly believe sourcing as a function of the recruitment process is extremely important, and requires a lot of depth of knowledge around the roles you work on in order to do the job really effectively.
When I was a sourcer, it felt like I was doing more recruitment than the recruiters (they ended up being client relationship managers in actuality). However, in my current agency, we have a blended model where recruiters (talent agents in our lingo) are responsible for shaping and evolving the sourcing strategy for a given search, but a sourcer executes that strategy. In our model, sourcing is only responsible for identification, not engagement. Then as we decide to move a sourcer into the ranks of recruiter, we layer in training around outreach, engagement, vetting, and relationship management.
So while we may call a role a sourcer, everyone in our agency who works with talent is responsible for the sourcing function in some way. I think out model works well as we are relatively small and it is easier to hire people with solid research skills and train them on the other areas versus hiring great recruiters.