As a Sourcer, I find candidates in many different areas, from job boards, social media, networking events, and yes, even dating sites to fill a position. I find candidates who have met the qualifications and getting their contact information to talk to them where I found them and mention about the job. Sourcers find the talent, evaluate, and forward the information to their team.

For job seekers, they either apply for the job on the website or ask their friends and family to have an idea what the working atmosphere is like. Now, if job seekers think like sourcers, they would have a good chunk of information not only about the employer but who’s working there. Here are some recommendations to reverse engineer your job search.

1) Create a Top Ten List

Make a list of the top ten companies/organizations you want to work for and do research on their website, use Glassdoor or (other rating site) to determine if the atmosphere satisfies you, and use Linkedin to see if any of your connections have worked with the company.

2) Use Keywords and Be Specific

Sourcers and Recruiters will try to find keywords to find qualified candidates. If you do not have keywords they see, it’s unlikely they will contact you. Look at a few job descriptions and see a pattern of what they’re looking for and put that on your resume and profile. In addition, if there are skill sets that need to be specific, mention it. For example, people might put “ADP.” However, the job description says “ADP Workforce Version 10.” Put on your resume what system and version you used to further separate the other applicants.

3) Find The Information You Need

On job descriptions, it will list who you will be working for, by title and if you’re applying for a manager or supervisor, it will mention who are you supervising. These are clues you can research. You can do it on Linkedin and find it through “title” and “company” or you can do an x-ray search on Google, if by any chance you maxed out on profile views on Linkedin. For example, if you want to work for The HR SOURCE as an assistant and find you will be working for “Sourcer”, do a string “ [title] [company]” (Of note: if the title or company has more than one word, use quotation marks (“”) to search those words together.) like this. When you have that profile, study it and use it to your advantage during your screening or interview when you ask questions about the job, employer, or the person you are interviewing with.

People will like it if you take the time to research to understand not only the employer you’re interviewing for but the people you will be working with. Don’t try to apply only; research, then apply if you think you’re a good fit.

Tracy Tran is a Sourcer and Social Media Specialist for The HR SOURCE.

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