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What is a Technical Sourcer?

Reviewed By Product Expert and Coach
Elizabeth Hogue
February 10, 2023
Technical sourcers are responsible for finding and engaging talent.

This may sound a lot like the role of a recruiter, but there are some key differences. Technical sourcers only focus on the initial company touchpoints, while recruiters work with the candidates throughout their entire job-hunting experience.

Technical sourcers are responsible for the discovering and reaching out to candidates who may have not been originally interested in the role or company. Technical sourcers spend their time combing through candidates found on social media platforms (LinkedIn) and search engines (Google) to create excitement for positions they're trying to fill. They are often the very first interaction these candidates have with the business.

Technical sourcers are often at larger companies that have separate teams for sourcing and recruiting. Once a sourcer has made contact with a promising potential candidate, they pass the candidate on to a recruiter for the rest of the hiring process. In some company cultures, a recruiter is expected to also do the job of a technical sourcer.

Sometimes technical sourcing roles can be extremely niche, because the sourcer is working at a larger company with different sourcers covering different role-types. If that's the case, the sourcer will need to be very familiar with common requirements of their role niche (for example, product managers, analysts, or engineers).

What does a Technical Sourcer do?

While recruiters are responsible for the candidate for their entire hiring process, technical sourcing stops after the initial contact and handoff. Technical sourcers spend a majority of their day managing and contacting lists of potential candidates. They are constantly tweaking and re-tweaking their reach out messages to elicit the most responses from candidates. Once enough candidates are interested, they pass the names along to the hiring manager or recruiter overseeing the role.

Sometimes technical sourcers are required to do initial phone screens with scripts or questionnaires provided by the roles' hiring manager. The sourcer will take notes during these calls to send to the hiring manager. If the candidate has the desired answers, the hiring managers will choose to move forward. This is often when the handoff to a recruiter happens.

Do I need a degree to be a Technical Sourcer?

Some job descriptions will mention a requirement of a degree, but often will waive this if you have great people or customer experience.

Some people we've seen do great in sourcing roles:

  • Folks who like sending emails, but maybe not taking meetings.
  • Creative writers who like to send funky cold emails.
  • Anyone with strong interpersonal abilities and soft skills.
If you're new here to bridged, we're glad to meet you! We are huge fans of alternate forms of education, and recommend specific certifications to target skills. While this job works great with degrees, you have other options. Learn more here.

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Career Path of a Technical Sourcer

While the career path below is very common in the recruiting industry for a big company, these things can vary organization to organization. We chose to show the path where a sourcer transitions into a recruiter, but that can also vary. It's also normal to specialize in a particular field, whether that be engineering, design or product. This heavily depends on the size of the company.

Technical Sourcer
2-3 Years
*Or Associate
3-5 Years
Recruiting Manager
5-10 Years
Director of Recruiting
4-6 Years

What is a Technical Sourcer's salary?

We've aggregated thousands of salaries across glassdoor and linkedin, and entry-level technical sourcers can make anywhere between 65k - 85k, depending on their location and skillsets.

Top Skills of a Technical Sourcer

We've compiled thousands of job descriptions for technical sourcers to record the most common requirements to save you time. While preparing for interviews, keep in mind specific times you've demonstrated these skills.

  • Interacting with potential candidates on professional networks and social media.
  • Crafting and sending recruitment emails.
  • Identifying and screening potential candidates.
  • Creating talent pipelines for current and future hires.
  • Managing the company’s candidate database.
  • Setting up candidate interviews with Recruiters & Hiring Managers.
  • Coordinating with Recruiters & Hiring Managers to determine position requirements.
  • Provide reporting and regular status updates to the the acquisition team

Top Tools of a Sourcer

We've also compiled the most common tools listed in job description. If you're serious about becoming a sourcer, get familiar with these and be ready to talk about them.

For Tracking Applicants

  • BreezyHR
  • JazzHR
  • Greenhouse
  • Workday

  • Greenhouse
  • Fetcher
  • Zoho
  • Capterra

Other Helpful Tools

  • Linkedin
  • Indeed
  • ZipRecruiter

For Task Management

  • Clickup
  • Notion

Key Traits & Competencies of a Successful Recruiter


Sourcers need to be organized to manage reaching out to tens of candidates per day.


Depending on the particular company and role, a sourcer may be the first contact and initial impression a candidate interacts with-- making their ability to foster relationships super imporant.


Sourcers often are responsible for scheduling initial screens (though again, tasks vary company-to-company.


Sourcers spend a decent time identifying candidates. This is primarily achieved from researching on Linkedin to identify candidates with the skills needed.


It’s a tough market out there for the recruiting industry!

It's a tricky time to go into recruiting because of the 2023 tech layoffs.

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Difference between a Recruiter and a Sourcer

The lines here are a little blurry, and that's mainly because sometimes both of these roles are done by a recruiter.

A recruiter is responsible for handling the entire candidate experience. This includes meeting with hiring managers to get role requirements, posting and managing descriptions, and walking candidates through their rounds of interviews. Often recruiters also manage the sourcing process too, but at big companies it makes more sense to split the role into two functions.

A sourcer is often an entry-level role responsible for gathering and reaching out to potential candidates for the recruiter. Sourcers spend hours scouring Linkedin to provide recruiters and hiring managers lists of strong candidates that may be good fits for the various open roles. Ultimately, the recruiters are usually responsible for making contact with the candidate and owning the hiring process from there. Sometimes at medium (and even some larger) companies, the recruiting and sourcing jobs are combined.

To recap: sourcers compile and reach out to candidates that may be good fits for role descriptions, then hand off the candidates to recruiters to manage the hiring process. Many recruiters can source, but not all sourcers can recruit!


It might be a little tough in todays market to break into the sourcing and recruiting fields with the mass recruiting and sales layoffs happening in big tech. BUT, if you feel it's the role for you, now is the best time to learn the skills for when companies start hiring again.

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