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FirstEnergy Corporation

Talent Sourcing Specialist

Equipment/Technology Specialist

Equipment and Facilities Specialist


Akron, Ohio, United States


We are a forward-thinking electric utility powered by a diverse team of employees committed to making customers’ lives brighter, the environment better and our communities stronger.

FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) is dedicated to integrity, safety, reliability and operational excellence.

Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy includes one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, and a regulated generating fleet with a total capacity of more than 3,500 megawatts.

About the Opportunity

This is a position within FirstEnergy Service Co., a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp.

The Talent Sourcing Specialist reports to the Manager, Talent Acquisition and is responsible for developing innovative and aggressive methods to source, evaluate, pipeline, and deliver a diverse pool of qualified candidates across multiple job functions, career levels, and geographic markets. Additionally, the Talent Sourcing Specialist cultivates and fosters relationships with their Recruiting partners, hiring managers, and various other stakeholders and networks to deliver upon both immediate short-term talent needs and strategic long-term projects.

Responsibilities include :

  • Holding strategic consultation meetings with recruiters and hiring managers to understand the responsibilities and qualification requirements for open positions, to understand the previous and/or anticipated challenges in identifying suitable candidates, and to gain insight into potential sources or networks that might prove effective.
  • Leveraging available tools such as Talent Neuron and LinkedIn Recruiter to assess labor market supply and demand in developing and implementing creative sourcing strategies to support delivering a qualified diverse slate of candidates for various niche and hard to fill positions.
  • Helping to position the talent acquisition team to provide high quality, timely and cost-effective recruitment services.
  • Managing the Talent Acquisition team’s job posting balances on various purchased third-party job boards to ensure maximized utilization and return on investment.
  • Partnering with Communications to manage the Recruiting department’s social media strategy and activity, utilizing various social media platforms including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
  • Comprehensively and effectively utilizing the Oracle Recruiting Cloud (ORC) “Empower” Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to source FirstEnergy’s existing candidate database, drive applicant activity, and for overall candidate management.
  • Partnering with various niche and community groups, as well as internal stakeholders such as the FirstEnergy Ambassador Network, Employee Business Resource Groups (EBRGs), Community Involvement and External Affairs, to increase the diversity of candidate slates provided to recruiters and hiring managers.
  • Developing and maintaining a network of contacts to help identify and source qualified candidates, especially in the diversity arenas to strengthen our sourcing approach in this key area.
  • Performing various recognized sourcing/outreach techniques such as resume mining, complex internet searches (including Boolean searches), social networking, cold calling, and email blasting.
  • Continuously strengthening/learning new skills in the sourcing arena – specifically for diversity sourcing, passive candidate sourcing, and creative sourcing strategies – and sharing best practices with recruiting peers.
  • Serving as the company’s initial point of contact for proactively sourced external employment candidates through the initial screening and qualification stage and until the point of handoff to a recruiter.
  • Supporting the College Recruiting team and the FirstEnergy Ambassador Network by serving as a talent stream HR Lead and by participating in career fairs and other networking and recruiting events as needed.
  • Serving as a FirstEnergy point of contact for various professional, community and diversity-focused organizations.
  • Reviewing resumes and credentials for appropriateness of skills, experience, education and knowledge in relation to position requirements.
  • Developing job specific pre-screening questions in conjunction with hiring manager’s requirements.
  • Maintaining accurate and well-ordered documentation on all candidates, searches, and other recruiting activities.
  • Creating reports on sourcing activity and communicating any relevant market information to recruiters, hiring managers, and management as appropriate.
  • Conducting research to gain market intelligence and stay abreast of emerging talent acquisition challenges, trends, and technology, and making recommendations for continuous recruiting process improvements.
  • Performing full-cycle recruiting responsibilities, as needed, during periods of high requisition volume.

Qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business, Communications or a related discipline and a minimum of 7 years relevant work experience is required. In lieu of a bachelor’s degree, a minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience is required. Relevant experience is defined as prior experience in Human Resources, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition, Candidate Sourcing, and/or College Recruiting.
  • Prior experience in a dedicated talent sourcing role is required.
  • Previous experience with talent acquisition tools such as Talent Neuron, LinkedIn Recruiter, SeekOut and Yello highly preferred.
  • Superior sales and presentation skills, high energy level and a sense of creativity to effectively match candidates with the company's needs, and to positively portray FirstEnergy and its culture, values, and priorities.
  • Demonstrated capabilities for successfully sourcing diverse candidates is preferred.
  • Experience using creative sourcing strategies and resume mining.
  • Strong organizational and follow up skills with a high level of attention to detail.
  • Strong project management skills and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Must have outstanding negotiation and influencing skills.
  • Sound interviewing, organizational, public relations, negotiation and communication skills.
  • Familiarity with Applicant Tracking Systems. Prior experience with the Oracle Recruiting Cloud ATS preferred.
  • Excellent presentation skills to highlight FirstEnergy values, mission, strengths, and opportunities.
  • Broad knowledge of Employment Laws and HR Policies.
  • Must possess strong team building skills and be a positive contributor in a team environment.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and internet research. Knowledge of SAP highly preferred.
  • Ability to work independently with a high level of professionalism and motivation.
  • Ability to multi-task and maintain composure in a high-volume, fast paced environment.
  • Proven ability to develop and manage strong relationships with a broad range of individuals at various levels of the organization.
  • Available to work before and after standard office hours as work requires.
  • Must be able to travel to attend career events and conferences when necessary.

Benefits, Compensation & Workforce Diversity

At FirstEnergy, employees are key to our success. We depend on their talents to meet the challenges of our changing business environment. We are committed to rewarding individual and team efforts through our total rewards philosophy which includes competitive pay plus incentive compensation, a company-sponsored pension plan, 401(k) savings plan with matching employer contribution, a choice of medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, and life insurance programs, as well as skills development training with tuition reimbursement. Please visit our website at to learn more about all of our employee rewards programs. FirstEnergy proudly supports workforce diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. No recruiters or agencies without a previously signed contract. Unable to sponsor or transfer H-1B visas at this time.


Safety is a core value for FirstEnergy and is essential to all of our business activities. We ensure employees have the tools, information, and processes to perform their duties in a manner that assures safety for themselves, their co-workers, our customers and the public. Our goals are to provide a safe work environment, to maintain an accident-free, injury-free workplace, and to promote and maintain public safety. To meet these goals, we dedicate ourselves to achieving world-class safety standards.