Top-20 Sourcing Thought Leaders You Should Follow


Recently, we published the Top-30 Recruitment Thought Leaders List, where you can find many experienced practitioners who regularly share their insights in the recruitment industry.

In this post, we picked sourcing thought leaders from whom you can learn innovative approaches to scraping data, automation, analytics, and outreach – all you need to turn people into candidates.

(The list is in no particular order.)

1. Balazs Paroczay

Topics: #sourcing, #sourcingmasterclass, #leadership, #talentacquisition.

Balazs is a Sourcing Leader, Keynote Speaker, and Talent Acquisition Strategist. Since 2020 he’s been leading CODΞ, a boutique Sourcing Advisory Agency with the mission of helping great companies maximise their sourcing capabilities. Over the last almost 20 years, Balazs has been engaged with various European and global organisations to set up best-in-class sourcing functions and organization-wide sourcing expertise.

Follow Balazs’ Linkedin to learn more about the latest updates in the sourcing world and his take on it. Also, subscribe to the newsletter on his website. 



2. Mike “Batman” Cohen

Topics: #sourcing, #sourcingtools, #recruiting.

Mike “Batman” Cohen is the Founder of Wayne Technologies, a Contract Sourcing and Recruitment Training Organization. His sourcing approach is based on deliverables, transparent data, and multiple sources/platforms to find candidates. Mike is a regular contributor and speaker at various global events and conferences, such as SourceCon, Talent42, Sourcing Summit, HRNow.

Follow Mike on LinkedIn for regular posts on all things sourcing, tools, and outreach strategies.


3. Vanessa Raath

Topics: #sourcing, #techtalent, #keynotespeaker, #diversitysourcing, #talentacquisition.

Vanessa is a freelance Sourcer, global Talent Sourcing Trainer, and International Keynote Speaker. Having more than 15 years of experience, Vanessa is a Tech recruitment expert. She is particularly focused on sourcing and diversity in hiring, both of which are close to her heart.

Vanessa runs her own business and teaches agency and internal recruiters how to find top talent faster and more effectively. 

Follow Vanessa on Linkedin for regular, meaningful conversations on sourcing and talent acquisition, in general, that she initiates in her frequent posts. Wildlife Photos included! Check out her Twitter as well; more informal yet exciting thoughts on the world of talent acquisition.




4. Sofia Broberger 

Topics: #sourcing, #recruitment, #employerbranding.

Sofia is a freelance sourcing trainer, speaker, and consultant. She offers tailor-made sourcing, tech recruitment, and employer branding workshops and regularly presents at events in Europe, such as Sourcing Summit, TA Live, and SourceCon. Sofia loves to experiment and find new ways of finding and attracting top talent. She believes there is much more to sourcing than the “Linkedin bubble.”

Follow Sofia on LinkedIn to get her approaches and observations on the day-to-day job of a sourcer.


5. Alla Pavlova

Topics: #sourcing, #AI, #gaming.

Alla is a technical sourcing expert, speaker, and coach. Currently, she is Tech & Art Talent Sourcer at Riot Games. She leads the Amsterdam Slack Platform Community and hosts free WAN parties weekly for Tech Sourcers. Alla enjoys building and testing sourcing tools, speaking for sourcing and developers communities, working in pairs with other sourcers, programming in Scratch, or playing video games.

Follow Alla on Linkedin to learn more about her journey as a sourcing expert and industry insights, and ask her for a link to join her regular Friday sourcing parties.


6. Jonathan Kidder 

Topics: #careers, #sdejobs, #recruiting, #softwaredevelopment.

Jonathan Kidder has more than ten years of expertise in finding top tech talent. He is also a trainer and the author of seven books on hiring. He started a blog called Wizardsourcer, where readers can find helpful tips, general recruitment and sourcing knowledge, and boolean templates for various roles. 

Jonathan regularly speaks at online and offline sourcing events and talks about  Sourcing, Employment Branding,  Proactive Candidate Pipeline, Loyalty & Kindness, among other topics. Jonathan has just recently published a new book: Productivity Hacks for recruiters.

Follow Jonathan’s blog Wizardsourcer about all things talent acquisition, including tools, hacks, and career advice.



7. Mark “Doobles” Deubel

Topics: #remote, #outreach, #recruitment, #talentacquistion, and #technicalrecruiting

IT, electrical, and mechanical engineering are just a few engineering specialities Mark Deubel has worked in for over 20 years. He changed careers in 2016 and is currently a tech recruiter, trainer, speaker, and consultant. His podcast “Doobles Talks” offers an engineer’s perspective on hiring and is recommended to gain a fresh and often unexpected take on sourcing and recruitment.

Follow Mark on LinkedIn to learn more about his journey as a sourcer and recruiter after years of engineering. Check out Mark’s podcast Doobles Talks.



8. Irina Shamaeva

Topics: #sourcing, #linkedin, #tools, #talent_acquisition.

Irina Shamaeva is a recognised leader in Sourcing, Social Recruiting, and Internet Research. With an engineering background and more than 10 years of sourcing experience, she is a well-known influencer in the sourcing community and a creator of BooleanStrings, a blog about sourcing tricks and tips. Irina is also a Partner and Chief Sourcer at Brain Gain Recruiting. This agency finds candidates for full-time Consulting, Executive, Financial, and Software Engineering jobs in the US.

Follow Irina on LinkedIn to get more tricks and tips on LinkedIn, sourcing strategies, and hacks. Check out Irina’s blog BooleanStrings for regular expert articles and the latest news in the industry.



9. Greg Hawkes

Topics: #hiring, #sourcing, #recruiting, #recruitment, #talentacquisition.

Greg Hawkes is a Principal Sourcing Leader at M&T Bank and Creator and Founder of SourcingIRL, HRSourcingToolbox, and HealthcareSourcingToolbox. Greg has worked as a sourcing analyst and a full-cycle recruiter for many sectors, including healthcare, engineering, IT, and manufacturing. He is an ongoing contributor on Sourcecon, a Speaker, a Writer, and a fan of sourcing tools and emerging technologies. Greg’s YouTube channel discusses sourcing tools, tips and tricks, and the latest sourcing trends.

Follow Greg’s Youtube channel to learn more about sourcing tools, automation, and scraping.



10. José Kadlec

Topics: #hrtech, #linkedin, #talentsourcing, #enterpreneurship.

Jose is a Co-Founder of GoodCall, an international recruitment agency, Recruitment Academy & Datacruit. Having an engineering background, he dove headfirst into the recruiting and talent sourcing industry using his cross-field skills. Jose is also a consultant, and he has helped companies such as Foxconn, Coca-Cola, Siemens, Nestle, Volkswagen, Adecco, and Red Bull, to advance their talent sourcing expertise. He is the author of the book “People as Merchandise: Crack the Code to LinkedIn Recruitment.”

Follow Jose on Linkedin for expert articles on industry news and trends. Check out his Twitter to learn more about his journey as an entrepreneur in talent acquisition.



11. Dima Ponochovnyi

Topics: #outreach, #sourcing, #automation, #sourcingtools, #talentsourcing

Dima is the Head of Sourcing at Matchr, an outsourcing company that provides recruitment/sourcing support to fast-growing tech companies. Dima started his career when sourcing was not considered a separate career path or a career at all. But over the years, Dima managed to grow from lead generation to lead an international team of sourcers who search for top talent for the most successful world-known companies. Dima regularly speaks at sourcing conferences and shares a lot about the tools which make a sourcer’s life easier.


12. Shally Steckerl

Topics: #sourcing, #recruitment, #recruitingtips, #talentsourcing, #talentstrategy.

Shally is the Global Head of Talent Sourcing and People Analytics at LTK. He is the author of The Sourcing Method, a book on how to fix what’s broken in recruitment. Since 1996 Shally has been an active member of the sourcing and recruitment community and has given many keynotes, workshops, and webinars worldwide, empowering recruiters to find hard-to-find talent efficiently.

Follow Shally’s Twitter and LinkedIn for regular Shally’s Alley video podcast episodes, 30-minute candid discussions with industry leaders in Talent Acquisition and Human Resources (live every Friday on Linkedin and Youtube).



13. Marcel van der Meer

Topics: #inmail, #linkedin, #sourcing, #growthhacking, #linkedinrecruiter.

Marcel is a Global Sourcing Trainer, Speaker, and growth hacking for recruitment at his companies, and Klikwork. Marcel specialises in sourcing training and masterclasses,  Influencing Psychology on InMail and Email, Sourcing Strategy, and Community building. Marcel has over ten years of sourcing under his belt, focusing on automation and growth.

Follow the FB group created by Marcel, BadAss Recruiters, a professional community with lots of valuable tips&tricks, playbooks, and growth hacking.


14. Dean da Costa

Topics: #sourcing, #talent_acquisiiotn, #tools.

Dean Da Costa is a highly experienced talent acquisition professional, recruiter, sourcer, manager, and a true veteran in the sourcing community with more than 30 years of experience. He has presented at various conferences, including SourceCon, Talent42, and Recruiting trends.

Dean is the author of “The Book of recruiting; Da Costa Style” and “OSINT for the Staffing World.”

Follow Dean on Twitter for the latest updates in the industry and sourcing tips and tricks.



15. Glenn Gutmacher 

Topics: #sourcing, #automation, #webscraping, #diversity, #talentintelligence.

Glenn is an early sourcing innovator, trainer, frequent conference speaker, and author. He combines programming skills and sourcing to develop new approaches in the field. Currently, he is a Talent Sourcing Training Manager at NVIDIA.

In 1997 Glenn launched one of the recruiting industry’s first Internet sourcing seminars, known as In 2014 Glenn co-founded the nonprofit Boston Area Talent Sourcing Association ( which hosts regular free learning events for recruiters, sourcers, and recruitment marketers on best practices in the industry. Glenn talks about sourcing, automation, web scraping, and talent intelligence.


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16. Phil Tusing

Topics: #events, #sourcing, #recruitment, #humanresources.

Phil Tusing is the founder of #SOSU conference and director of recruitment marketing firm, Destination Talent. He provides marketing and social strategy support to agencies, job boards, and other talent solution suppliers.

Phil has been a long-time observer of the employment market. He writes and comments on all things employment-related and has written countless studies for the industry. In addition to Sourcing Summit, Phil also founded the Australasian Sourcing Summit, IT18, Culture Camp, RECTEC, and RHUB.

Follow Phil on LinkedIn to stay current with all the sourcing events he is arranging.


17. Stacy Donovan Zapar

Topics: #sourcing, #talentattraction, #recruitertraining.

Stacy Donovan Zapar has worked in recruiting for Fortune 500 tech organisations for 20 years. In 2012, she established The Talent Agency (formerly Tenfold). To attract, source, train, and find global talent, she has worked on projects for leading companies, including Zappos, TripAdvisor, Amazon,, Walmart, and Netflix. 

Stacy has been nominated as a Top TA expert multiple times (Top HR Experts, Top  HR Tech Influencers,  Trendsetter of the Year). She is a Technical Editor and Contributing Author for Wiley’s book “LinkedIn Marketing: An Hour a Day.”

Follow Stacy’s Twitter and LinkedIn for regular posts and expert sourcing and talent acquisition articles. 



18. Kasia Tang 

Topics: #talentsourcing, #employerbranding, #talentacquisition.

Kasia has worked as a sourcer for businesses of various sizes and in various industries, but she quickly realised that teaching is where her true heart lay. Kasia co-founded Super Source Me, a company specialising in sourcing workshops.

Kasia also writes about her knowledge at With a background in linguistics and a passion for cultural studies, she approaches sourcing with a less technical and more human-centred approach. She co-wrote Super Source Me, the first recruiter workbook in Polish, with Karolina Latus. It is also soon to be published in English. Additionally, she participates in communities, such as the Polish Recruitment Open Community she founded.

Follow Kasia on LinkedIn for regular posts on the latest sourcing trends, approaches, and tips from a less technical and more people-centric perspective.



19. Brian Fink

Topics: #hiring, #leadership, #recruiting, #resumetips, #recruitingtips.

As a Technical Sourcing Manager, Brian leads a global team of sourcers that empowers Twitter’s Engineering Leadership to make critical hiring decisions easily, quickly, and confidently. With 10+ years of specialised recruiting experience, he has worked in various roles across different industries, from entry-level candidates to C-level executives, helping them find their dream positions.

Brian specialises in recruitment tooling, building boolean strings, natural language search, and raw sourcing. He is a lifelong learner and believes learning is the key to constant development.

Follow Brian on LinkedIn for hiring strategies, resume tips, workflow tips, tools overviews, and recruiting tips.


20. Glen Cathey 

Topics: #sourcing, #recruiting, #HR Tech, #AI, #strategy, #innovation.

With more than 20 years of experience in recruiting, Glen Cathey is a globally recognised sourcing and talent acquisition leader, blogger, and corporate/keynote speaker.

Glen currently serves as the Global Head of Digital Strategy for Randstad reporting into the Netherlands and focuses on implementing data and automation strategies and emerging technologies such as AI and blockchain in sourcing and recruitment.

Follow Glen’s blog for more content on Recruiting, Sourcing, Strategy, Innovation, Ethical AI, Data/Analytics, Search/Match, Lean, Agile, and Social Engineering. Check out his Twitter for regular news and trends in the industry.




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Senior Recruitment Specialist at Matchr
Senior Recruitment Specialist at Matchr
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