Candidate Sourcing 101

Start finding more job candidates today
candidate sourcing
Your best candidates might not realize that you’re hiring (or even that they’re open to a new job). So while you’re waiting for active candidates to apply on their own, start sourcing these passive candidates and grow your talent pipeline right now. We’ll show you how to get started quickly to meet your immediate hiring needs and how to keep it up to support future growth.
Download this ebook now to learn how to grow your team by sourcing passive candidates.
in this guide:

Learn how to source passive candidates by:

  • Choosing the right sourcing methods and tools
  • Using social media and Boolean search
  • Navigating event sites and job portals
  • Building effective referral programs
About the authors
christina pavlou
Content Writer
Christina is a writer at Workable, previously a recruiter. She writes about diversity in the workplace and reports on the shape of things to come. She tweets @ChristinaPaulou.
nikoletta bika
Senior Content Writer
Nikoletta Bika is a senior writer at Workable. She writes about all things HR and recruiting, with particular interest in bias, data, technology and the future of work. She hates meaningless jargon and dreams about space travel. She tweets @Nikoletta_Bika.
About the editor
cherone duggan
Content Marketing Manager
Cherone is a former content team leader at Workable. She planned, managed and edited Workable's editorial content and she wrote about work culture.

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Helpful resources


Passive candidate email

This is a cold email template you can use when sourcing passive candidates for an open position or trying to hire for hard-to-fill roles in your company.

The key to building a talent pipeline? Care about your candidates

As a talent acquisition professional, I’m constantly talking to passive candidates. Even when my...