A spectre is haunting our industry – the spectre of sourcing. Too long have we spent time under the shadow of recruiters, under the guise of recruitment. Fellow sourcers, I am tired of having to explain our value-add to people who just don’t get it, to justify our worth to businesses who simply aren’t interested in moving beyond the status quo, and I am tired of having to validate our very existence.

Right now, as we’re starting to gain some real visibility, it is time for us to properly define ourselves and consolidate ourselves as a unified industry. The community has its eyes on us and it’s up to us to show them who we are, beyond recruitment, marketing or a PR piece, and to carve out our own future.

Come join us in tackling some of our biggest issues to date and help work towards building the world’s first sourcing industry:

  • How do we want to define what sourcing is?
  • How do we standardise the quality of sourcers within the industry?
  • How do we differentiate ourselves from recruiters?
  • What’s the difference between a sourcer and a researcher?
  • How do we stop would be sourcers from being tricked lured into resourcing roles?

What do you want to see your sourcing association/council do to legitimise your industry? Now the time has come for us to emerge as an industry unto itself. The question is, do you want to be a part of building it?

We’re rallying the troops and plotting our path to the top of the mountain. Let me know in the comments section below or email me at ‘ken[at]sourcingninja.net’ if you’re keen on contributing to building a sourcing association/council in the hopes of legitimising our profession in the ANZ region.

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8 Responses to “Australian sourcing industry gets serious…”

  1. Hi Ken,

    Thanks for bringing up these questions. It would be great to set up a forum or an association for Sourcing professionals. We’re faced with these issues all the time and find it very hard to explain the value add to Hiring Managers.


  2. Liz Wernham (@LizSAPCareers) says:

    Australian sourcing industry gets serious… http://t.co/UklLBmvl via @kfhew #sourcing #talent

  3. Heidi Kreuchen (@hkreuchen) says:

    Australian Sourcing Industry gets serious… http://t.co/CEweRjPk

  4. Loren De Laine says:

    I would be keen to be involved. Metrics and ROI are key to being able to demonstrate value.



  5. Lauren Stanton says:

    I would definitely be interested in getting involved. Trying to justify what we do and illustrate the value that we add is extremely difficult – but necessary! Count me in :)

  6. Louise Yuson says:

    Hi Ken,

    Is it too late to respond to this? I would be interested.


  7. Hi sorry for the late response. Lauren, Louise I’ll contact you directly to let you know where we’re at. A post will be up soon about it too.

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