Candidate Sourcing from Slack - 109 Slack Communities for Finding New Hires (+ Free Template)

If your company uses a tool for team communication, there’s a pretty big chance they’re using Slack. Indeed, it has become the go-to tool for work communication, boasting over 8 million daily active users, where 3 million use one of the paid plans.

Over time, Slack became a meeting point for professionals to talk outside of their work. In just one click, you can switch from your workspace to a community of your choice to communicate, network, share ideas and stay up to date with your industry.

There are numerous great uses for Slack communities, and one of them is sourcing great candidates. It’s an affordable, quick and effective way to get in front of large, well-profiled groups that could have your ideal candidate as a member.

Let’s find out how you can get started with sourcing from Slack.

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.

First, 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.

Second, don’t tag @channel or @here to send a notification to the entire channel. 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.

Third, post in relevant channels. 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.

Fourth, 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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Slack communities for sourcing job candidates

Here is a comprehensive list of communities to get started with sourcing on Slack. As we mostly help companies hire for IT roles on Hundred5, the majority of communities listed are for IT roles. Let’s get started.

Java

JavaSpecialists

Ratpack

Scala

Javascript

Babel.js

JSBelgrade

Socket.IO

EmberJS

Polymer

BabelJS

JavaScript Devs

Ultimate Angular

The Meteor Chat

VueJS

D3

Vulcan

ReactJS News

DraftJS

Deco

Strapi

ChartJS

Redux

ngx

Angular Attack

Dragula

Three.js

Design

UX Design Community

The Designership

Design Systems

Animation at Work

Mixed Methods

Framer

Org Designers

Phase Community

UX SP

Designer Hangout

Python

Django Developers

Python Belgrade

PySlackers

Python Developers

Python Community

Data Science / Business Analytics / Web Analytics 

DataQuest

WDC

Data Discourse

Slofile R Data Team

Data Scientist

Data Scientists

Open Data Community

Kumu

Grakn

Deep Learning Udacity

AI Researchers

AI Meetup Series

Machine Learning Group

ML AI

ML & AI Meetup

Kaggle Noobs

Measure

MySQL Casual

MySQL Community

Slofile Business Analyst Team

Marketing Slack communities for sourcing

Online Geniuses

BIG SEO

Backlinks

Buffer

CRO Growth Hacks

Slofile Marketer

Slofile Growmance

Conversion World

Traffic Think Tank

Creative Tribes

Startup Chat

DevOps / SysAdmin Slack communities for sourcing

Kubernetes

Mac Admins

Rethink DB

Neo4j

Slofile Windows Admins

Puppet

SQL Community

Graph Cool

Mem SQL

DevOps Links

Postgres

Confluent

Casssandra

Linux Red Hat Admins

Security Slack communities for sourcing

Digital Forensics & Incident Response

Binary Ninja

Safe Network

Product Management / Development Slack communities for sourcing

Mind The Product

Product School

Product Manager HQ

Startup Resources

Startup Study Group

Startup Foundation

ProductHunt

SaaS Alliance

Game development Slack communities for sourcing

Unity Devs

Frontend development Slack communities for sourcing

Bootstrap

Udacity Front-End

FEDs on Slack

#Developers

iOS Development Slack communities for sourcing

iOS Developers

Perfect Swift

iOS Stack

Zewo

Unicorn.tv Swift

PHP development Slack communities for sourcing

LaraChat

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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