Sourcing

Candidate Sourcing: 109 Slack Groups to Find New Hires

Candidate sourcing from slack

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.

posting a job on slack channel

Someone asked about the team setup and Andrew here is diligently answering questions. Let’s take a peak at what is the question about:

answering the questions on the slack thread

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.

Java

Javascript

Design

Python

Data Science / Business Analytics / Web Analytics 

Marketing

DevOps / SysAdmin

Security

Digital Forensics & Incident Response

Safe Network

Product Management & Product Development

Game Development

Unity Devs

Frontend Development

iOS Development

PHP Development

Pods Chat

PHP Chat

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.

Happy sourcing!

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November 16, 2018