I am determined to bring the ‘Human Element’ back into today’s Recruitment Process as I believe it has been lacking for too long now! I believe that people are the core building blocks of every business but that doesn’t mean that we can treat every ‘block’ the same.

I have over 16 years’ experience in the Recruitment Industry and I have specialised in the Tech space for most of this time. Before starting my career in Recruitment, I taught unruly children in London; operated a ski chairlift in the USA and taught people to Scuba Dive in SE Asia & East Africa.

I launched my own Sourcing Business in 2019 and it was the best decision for me to become a Solopreneur. I have never been as challenged, yet at the same time, as fulfilled as I am now. I am passionate about raising the standard of Sourcing globally, with a special focus on Africa so that we can get up to speed with our global competitors.

I also love presenting about talent attraction, career branding and sharing my knowledge, and experience, with others. I am often asked to deliver Keynote Presentations at international conferences like SourceCon, Sourcing Summit, Talent42, Talentnet, HRTX to name a few.

When I am not in work mode, you will probably find me having a lekker (vegetarian) braai with family & friends, preferably in the Bush or at the Beach 🙂

You are most welcome to connect with me on Twitter & Instagram too - @Van_Raath.

I have also recently launched my own YouTube Channel, TikTok Profile and Threads 🙂


Some comments from previous clients:

"Reach out to Vanessa she is awesome! Do you want to learn how to Source candidates in today’s climate or would appreciate a refresher? The training I received was spot on, to the point and powerful I felt totally re-energised and armed with new techniques that I immediately put into practice. If you're passionate about Sourcing and want to be the best! then I highly recommend you reach out to Vanessa she will help you get to that next level."

- Fay Ross | Korn Ferry | UK


"Vanessa is a great trainer, bundles of energy, knowledgeable and super passionate about Sourcing. I have been in recruitment & sourcing for 15+ years and still learnt a bunch of new tips and tricks which will add value to my day to day work."

- Tim Giles | Anglo American | Australia


"Wow! I would highly recommend working with Vanessa, whether you are new to sourcing or have over 15 years of experience (like me), Vanessa's training will blow your mind. Full of tips, tools, and techniques to proactively reach even the hardest to find candidates. Vanessa is clearly highly skilled and ahead of the curve in this space, showing us game-changing tools that even silenced a group of Recruiters! If you're sourcing in a competitive market Vanessa's training is not to be missed."

- Nicola Rogers | Derivco | UK


"Without a doubt, the Talent sourcing Masterclass that Vanessa gave my team well exceeded our expectations. Vanessa has a powerful command and passion when it comes to finding talent. The training has really opened my eyes to under-utilised platforms and tools to find talent. We are actively engaged in implementing these new skills!"

- Andile Nkosi | Nedbank | South Africa


"Vanessa is heartfelt, smart as a whip, humble, and extremely helpful. Her impact goes way beyond the sourcing training she gives. She fosters a true sense of community, can-do attitude, and positive inclusion. Her keynote speech at the #SOSUV (sourcing summit virtual) on diversity had the entire conference in her spell. I learn from her and am honoured to recommend her - not only for her sourcing and TA competence, but also as a speaker, Emcee, and inclusion champion."

- Elizabeth Lembke | Transforming Talent | Germany


"It was such a delight being trained by Vanessa. Her casual approach and the fact that she's so personable made these early mornings (for me) and late nights (for her) a wonderful experience. I consider her to be an expert in her field and she's generous when it comes to sharing her knowledge. Although we're in different continents, the sessions were insightful, relevant and immediately usable. I'd recommend her for sourcing and headhunting training across the globe."

- Candice Mitchell | Ignite Consulting | USA


My mantra is “Life is too short to work in boring jobs … "

The same attitude can be applied to the way I have lived my life and how I tackle each day.

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