on the Electronic Recruiting Exchange.
The article covers key metrics which Lou believes will significantly increase your results for sourcing passive candidates. Incidentally, this article is equally appropriate for cold calling for sales people.
The quote I particularly like is:
"The Internet has made the process of finding names of passive candidates quite easy. But this is only the first step in getting them into your network and possibly hired into your company. Look at the names as the start of the process, not the end."
Resources such as ZoomInfo have made it easier to search for people (especially if they're US based). For LinkedIn read the same.
However, in most cases, this will just provide the entry-point, or the starting block. As Lou observes, "this is only the first step...look at the names as the start of the process, not the end."
Whether you're sourcing names, digging for competitive intelligence, setting appointments...at some point you need to pick up that phone ;-)