Is it your New Year’s resolution to improve your Internet sourcing skills?

Some people join the gym, some people decide to look for a new job, if you have decided to improve your Internet sourcing skills in 2013 then join the UK Sourcers LinkedIn Group.

We will be posting a series of five sourcing assignments in the group, one every Thursday through January, to kick start or simply rejuvenate your Internet sourcing skills.

This is what we will cover;

Assignment 1: Auditing your LinkedIn profile

Being found on LinkedIn is just as important as being able to find others. It’s also important to present the best possible impression so that when you contact someone they are likely to respond to your message. A regular LinkedIn profile audit can help you keep your profile fresh, findable and looking great. [Thursday 3rd January]

Assignment 2: Critique the last job ad you posted

No responses or too many responses? Are the wrong candidates applying? Do your ads help or hinder your employer brand? This week, the wonderful Alastair Cartwright of Ingenium will talk you through a checklist of Job Ad essentials. [Thursday 10th January]

Assignment 3: Keyword brainstorming

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with the keywords that you use to identify potential candidates. Whether you are searching on LinkedIn or Google, you probably use the same few words over and over. Here we’ll look at tools and tactics for making your keyword list more comprehensive and uncovering fresh candidates. [Thursday 17th January]

Assignment 4: Evolve a search string

There’s no such thing as the perfect search string. Everyone is looking for different types of candidate and there is new information being added to the web all the time. We’ll give you five search strings that all work but could be better – it’s your job to adapt them and make them work for you. [Thursday 24th January]

Assignment 5: Try a Search Engine other than Google

Google is great! Other search engines have other features though and it can be handy to know what they’re capable of should you not be able to find what you’re looking for on the Big G. [Thursday 31st January]

How to Take Part

Each assignment will be posted in the UK Sourcers LinkedIn group where the whole community can add to the tips and tricks as well as sharing results each week.

You can catch up with the program at any point by visiting the group and looking back through past posts.

If you want to get the weekly assignments delivered, hot off the press, straight to your inbox then make sure you’re a member of the UK Sourcers LinkedIn group before 3rd January 2013.

Happy Sourcing!

About TheSourceress

Katharine Robinson has written 98 post(s) for this blog.

Katharine (aka TheSourceress) began sourcing in April 2008 with a small Executive Search business specialising in Renewable Energy and, in March 2010, won the title of Grandmaster Sourcer at SourceCon in San Diego. Katharine has also worked in-house with Capgemini Consulting and is now working as a Freelance Consultant and Trainer.

Katharine (aka TheSourceress) began sourcing in April 2008 with a small Executive Search business specialising in Renewable Energy and, in March 2010, won the title of Grandmaster Sourcer at SourceCon in San Diego. Katharine has also worked in-house with Capgemini Consulting and is now working as a Freelance Consultant and Trainer.