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Candidate Sourcing

Building and sustaining relationships with the market’s most talented people, even when they’re not looking to change roles: that’s the key to effective candidate sourcing.

But it is not easy. There are time zones to consider, language differences to overcome and new cultural mindsets to learn and project.

Spotting and nurturing elite talent is 24/7 work. And if you go it alone, other business priorities are likely to suffer.

Our virtual sourcing network provides companies with sourcing expertise to rapidly fill a niche, high volume, and executive roles anywhere in the world. Each Hudson RPO sourcer brings industry and talent acquisition experience to every project to skillfully navigate unique sourcing hurdles.

And, like all of Hudson RPO’s services, the extra sourcing power provided by our virtual network can be scaled up or down depending on your fluctuating business needs.

Sourcing Excellence

Our flagship Centres of Excellence (CoE) based in Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Tampa (United States), and Manilla (Philippines) connect your business with top global talent. With a team of over 100 and growing, we speak over 20 languages, have deep expertise in sourcing roles across the Pharmaceutical, FMCG, Manufacturing, Financial Services and Technology sectors and provide expert sourcing to our onsite teams across the globe.

Our team uses market-leading search technology to map candidate pools and identify exceptional candidates with proven expertise in passive technical candidate sourcing, active candidate processing and screening, ATS maintenance, recruitment administration support, and client data analytics.  They understand how candidates and competitors operate in various markets and have a relentless focus on delivering results. Our CoE is your gateway to sourcing great talent.

Cost Savings

Reduced recruitment costs, with significant reduction in the use of third-party agencies.

Quality Candidates

Access to niche or passive talent that may otherwise remain undiscovered.

Faster Hiring

Rapidly fill niche, high volume and executive roles anywhere in the world.


The extra sourcing power we provide can be scaled up or down depending on your fluctuating business needs.

Data & Insights

Detailed source of hire reporting including channel ROI.

Have an ongoing hiring need for a specific role type or job family?

Or looking to gain a competitive advantage in identifying and attracting top talent? Hudson RPO’s virtual sourcing network creates active talent pools of qualified candidates who, based on our predictive analytics, have indicated their interest in making a career change. Our talent pooling service consists of candidate identification, qualification, engagement, and ongoing communication. For one of our clients, an active talent pool project for 150 candidates doubled their hiring success over a three-month period.

Success Stories

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Hudson RPO installed on-site teams in multiple countries across the EMEA region to manage critical volumes of vacancies for an international electronics manufacturer. The teams achieved 100% hiring manager satisfaction, after which our solution expanded to cover additional regions.

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annual hires

Within one year, Hudson RPO built a collaborative framework for recruitment across four of the firm’s regional headquarters the Americas region resulting in 400+ annual hires

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cost reduction

With no centralised recruitment function, costs were high and time to fill was slow for this global pharmaceutical company.  As their Total Talent Solutions provider, Hudson RPO was able to reduce cost per hire by 50% and time to fill by 60% while improving candidate and hiring manager satisfaction.

Frequently asked questions

In recruiting, ‘sourcing’ refers to the process of identifying and attracting exceptional candidates for current and future roles.

As an essential early step in the overall recruitment process, sourcing is defined by extensive research, hiring market analysis, and creative outreach to top-tier talent.

Sourcing in recruitment benefits from multilingual talent acquisition skills. Talent sourcing as a recruitment service evolved in response to today’s talent-driven hiring market and emerging technologies.

Where once recruiters managed early-stage talent sourcing, discovering exceptional candidates now requires strategic research. Sourcers must be able to parse through mountains of information available through job boards, social media, and professional groups.

After pinpointing promising talent, sourcers shift to networking and relationship building. Extensive career platforms and social networks give professionals at every level an unprecedented understanding of the job market and new opportunities in their field—even when they aren’t actively looking to change roles.

Through authentic communication and sustained engagement, sourcers build pools of skilled talent who may not be actively looking for a new role, but would consider the right opportunity offered by the right enterprise. These deeply established connections give companies the edge in attracting the best and brightest in their industry when mission-critical roles open, or hiring needs accelerate.

Sourcing is a foundational, proactive hiring strategy. As a result, the process reduces the high recruitment costs and poor hires associated with reactive hiring.

Other sourcing benefits include:

  • Faster, streamlined hiring
  • Access to niche, industry-specific talent
  • Lowered need for agencies
  • Higher volume of quality, at-the-ready talent

Finally, sourcing is a flexible function that can accelerate or slow down based on hiring requirements and market changes.

Today’s most innovative sourcing strategies include:

  • Talent mapping: identifying and mapping skilled talent by role and industry
  • Active talent pooling: developing at-the-ready talent pools through professional network building and timely communication
  • Compensation analysis: researching competitor compensation and perks, and talent expectations to improve candidate engagement rates
  • Sourcing technology: using research and candidate management tools to discover and engage quality candidates
  • Predictive analytics: tracking candidate behaviors that signal interest in changing roles for greater outreach and candidate engagement
  • Global sourcing: language and local cultural fluency is a must when sourcing regional talent for a global workforce

The sourcing toolbox is ever-evolving. Highly effective sourcers adapt their strategies and harness technology creatively to match the shifting demands of specific companies and the global hiring market.

Sourcing and recruiting are both essential talent acquisition services leveraged at different stages of the hiring process. Sourcing focuses on the top of the hiring funnel and recruiting takes over once candidates are sourced for specific roles.

Strategic sourcers create talent pipelines, research competitor workforces and industry-specific compensation packages, and communicate skillfully with professionals who have limited bandwidth and are not actively seeking other opportunities.

In the past, there was significant overlap between sourcing and recruiting, and in many instances, the recruiter managed sourcing. Today, however, sourcing has evolved into a specialty that requires a distinct blend of interpersonal, technical, and research skills.

Industries We Serve

Is a Candidate Sourcing Solution right for you?

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