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Source library

Included in:
  • SmartStart
  • SmartRecruit


SmartRecruiters organizes its source library in a three-level hierarchy.

Source Structure

Each source is organized first by type, then by sub-type, and finally source name.

  • Types generically classify groups of sources by the way they add candidates to SmartRecruiters, e.g., Paid sources. All sources have a Type.
  • Sub-types more specifically classify groups of source, e.g., Job Board, when necessary. Not all Types have sub-types.
  • Source names uniquely identify specific sources, e.g., LinkedIn. This name is displayed on the candidate's application. All sources have a name.

For example, the full definition of the LinkedIn source, which is a job board that charges for each job posting, is:

  • Type: Paid
  • Sub-type: Job Board
  • Name: LinkedIn

Default sources

The default library, which is available on all Editions, includes the following Standard sources.


Organic sources are unpaid job postings, and include the following sub-types:


Paid sources come in three sub-types:

  • Job Boards like LinkedIn and Glassdoor that charge for each posting.
  • Pay per Performance boards (such as Indeed) that charge by the click, view, or other events.
  • SmartJobs is for candidates generated through our internal candidate database.

Each board is a separate source and can be identified by its name.


Referrals sources come from current employees and managers in SmartRecruiters.

Referrals sub-types include:

  • A candidate added through the My Referrals portal has a source of Employee Referrals. Each existing user in SmartRecruiters can be selected by name as a Referrals source in order to track their personal referrals.  
  • A candidate who applied after referring them using the "Refer a friend" button in the job ad has a source of Referral Portal.


Agency sources include recruiters and other contracted sourcing agencies, particularly those whose services can be purchased through the Marketplace. Agencies can be tracked separately by name.


All CRM (candidate resource management) have one of the following sub-types: Sourcing Tools, Job Alert, Talent Pool


Candidates added directly to SmartRecruiters using the Apply API have an API type, sub-type, and source.


Other sources have the Other sub-type and a source name. The source name is configured when adding the Other source in the Source Libary.
There are three default source sub-types:

  • Event
  • Campaign
  • University