Slack has become the go-to tool for work communication, boasting over 8 million daily active users. Over time, Slack became a meeting point for professionals to talk outside of their work, spawning several high calibre communities with vetted professionals. This makes Slack communities a powerful yet untapped candidate sourcing channel.
Candidate sourcing from Slack – dos and don’ts
If you think getting applicants’ interest is as simple as blasting a message to an entire channel and expecting results, you’re in for a surprise. Rules differ from one Slack community to another, but there are some general guidelines for sourcing from Slack.
1. Don’t message anyone directly
Chances are, the community rules forbid you from doing so, and potential candidates might see you as pushy and this can hurt your employer brand.
2. Don’t tag @channel or @here
Seeing how many Slack communities are international, you’ll send a notification to a large group of people across different time zones and continents – and many of them will not appreciate it.
3. Post in relevant channels only
If the community has a channel such as #jobs or #careers, that would be a great place to start. Snoop around and find the best channel for sourcing and attracting applicants.
4. Be responsive
Seeing how many Slack communities there are, it’s difficult to stay on top of comments and replies. If applicants reply to your messages, follow up promptly, be responsive and helpful and you’ll build your employer brand, as well as attract great people to apply for your open positions.
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109 Slack communities for candidate sourcing
Here is a comprehensive list of communities to get started with sourcing on Slack. As we mostly help companies hire for IT roles on Toggl Hire, the majority of communities listed are for IT roles. Let’s get started.
Data Science / Business Analytics / Web Analytics
DevOps / SysAdmin
Digital Forensics & Incident Response
Product Management & Product Development
To help you get started…
Joining, browsing and posting in numerous Slack communities to source new talent can be overwhelming, in addition to regular sourcing and hiring activities, especially if you’re hiring for multiple positions. This is why we put together a handy template which you can grab at this link to track your sourcing efforts in Slack communities. Using this template, you can track which jobs you posted and what kind of results you were able to get from each Slack community.
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