Ashby’s “Less Obvious” Sourcing List
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Looking to break out of the LinkedIn bubble? Ashby’s consulting team has put together this list of sourcing locations you might not have thought of.
Skill-relevant Slack communities
Github, Dribble, and other coding websites
Break-In Talent If you’re open to hobbyists, you come across gems of talent that aren’t full-time engineers, but would like to be.
“First 50” groups
Kicking Off With a Team If you’re hiring for an early-stage startup, there are many people who want to get in on the ground floor - first 50 groups will help you find them.
Programs for under-represented populations
Great Groups Identity-specific schools, clubs, bootcamps, and classes are a great way to source great talent from specific populations.
Gyms and fitness studios
Go Where The Talent Is If you have a role that requires heavy physical work an ad at a gym might do some “heavy lifting.”
Coding and More While “code jams” were once the purview of just engineers, “jams” have expanded into all kinds of roles and areas of expertise.
Message boards and interest groups for role-related certifications
True Experts Need to hire for a scientific or research-focused role? ResearchGate is often called “Facebook for academics.”
Skill, job, or interest-related Facebook groups
College cafes for new grad roles
More Than Career Fairs You’ll find students about to enter the job market in many campus-adjacent areas. An old fashioned posting on a coffee shop tackboard is a great start. So is checking to see if the campus has a career center that shares open job listings.
Facebook career pages in the local market
Specific interest meetups
Think Beyond Role-Focused Meetups What does your ideal candidate do for fun? You might find excellent engineers at a robotics club or great content marketers at a writing workshop.
Industry or skill-related panels and speaking events
Running an ad in an interest-specific newsletter