Saturday, March 5, 2011

P.O.S.T way of Sourcing

This POST planning mainly to create roadmap for sourcers to do better sourcing

The P.O.S.T. method consists of four progressive steps that can be formed into questions to ask yourself as you move forward:

 1. People. Who is your target audience? What group(s) of people are you trying to reach? If you do not know whom you are trying to communicate with, then nothing else really matters.

2. Objectives. These are your goals. Why are you trying to reach your target audience? Are you pipelining, or do you have specific reqs for which you are sourcing? How you answer this may affect whom you desire to connect with in the first place. Do you have specific things in mind when thinking about the objectives you are looking to achieve? Being specific in this part of P.O.S.T. is important, because it will help you define the components of the next step, which is…

3. Strategy. These are the steps you will take to reach your objectives, which will put you in touch with your target audience. These too need to be specific progressive items that will help lead to the achievement of your goals, which will ultimately get you connected with your audience. Simply putting “Search the web for resumes” or “Set up a corporate Twitter account” won’t do. Will you use search agents? What about your ATS or your CRM? Will you need to dig deep to find phone and email contact information? Will Twitter be managed by just you, or a team of people? Do you want to automate any of the process? Think about specific points that are quantifiable – this will help keep you on track to achieve your goals.

4. Technology (or Tools). What resources will you need to use or invest in to work your strategy in order to achieve your objectives? Often, this is the first stop for people when planning – but it should be the last! Think of it this way – no matter how much you try, you cannot open a can of tuna with a spoon. Even if that spoon is your favorite utensil in the kitchen, it is an inefficient way to open a can. You instead need a can opener. Tools – including computers, telephones, paper directories, online resources, etc. – should be the last component in your P.O.S.T. planning because by their very definition, they are devices used to assist in carrying out a specific function. In this case, your strategies. Choose tools because they are the most efficient ones for the task, not just because they’re your personal favorites.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Appreaciate for the work you have done into the article, this helps clear away a few questions I had.

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