TheSourceressKatharine Robinson

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.

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Everybody Loves Prophet

Yesterday we ran our 9th UK Sourcers Meetup. It was our first event in Bristol and everyone there was new to our format – it was really exciting! One plugin keeps coming up, whenever I meet sourcers and start talking about free tools. Some have never heard of it before and others are using it
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Twitter Replies & Mentions – Now An Even More Important Distinction

I’ve written about the difference between Replies and Mentions on Twitter before, but with this week’s changes to Twitter profiles, it’s even more important that you understand the distinction. We all know that referencing someone’s twitter username with an @ symbol in front creates a link to their profile in your tweet. Did you realise
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Attitudes to Social Media for Recruiting & Sourcing

There seems to be two camps in the recruitment community. The blasé – they’re not convinced by Twitter or Facebook as useful for recruitment and they’re certain that they couldn’t possibly search or use LinkedIn any better. Don’t even mention Google+ or Foursquare without getting laughed out of their office. The worriers – they seem
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Have you tried our LinkedIn Profile Search tool?

By far the most popular page on the UK Sourcers site in 2013 has been our LinkedIn profile Custom Search Engine. The tool uses the X-ray (or site: search) technique to search for only UK LinkedIn profiles via a Google Custom Search Engine. I received a message from Dennis Patel of IT Mob Ltd in
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LinkedIn has closed the door on a useful group member search hack

I wrote about a LinkedIn URL hack on The Undercover Recruiter blog several months ago. This little trick was brought to my attention well over a year ago by the very knowledgeable Martin Lee. This allowed anyone with a LinkedIn account, Basic or paid for, to search the members of ANY group. To search the
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Supercharge Your Twitter Use With Lists

Have you started using Twitter but unsure how to really get the most out of it for recruiting and business development purposes? Twitter Lists can really help you become a part of an engaged community. Here are 4 types of list that can help you super-charge and focus your time on Twitter. The Unmissable There
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Boolean Tricks OR Treats

As it’s Halloween, I thought I would use its most iconic phrase to demonstrate some Boolean search basics with Google Search. Trick or treat This is probably the way Google expects us to search for this so it is probably the most visually pleasing set of results. Google will most likely be searching for both
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Making The Case To Attend Discover Sourcing 2013

To help you put together the case for attending Discover Sourcing next month, we have answered a few Frequently Asked Questions and summarised all the vital information in this post. You can print this page and show it to your boss, or just send them a link. Discover Sourcing 2013 When: 17th & 18th September
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The SourceCon Challenge is back – Could we see another Grand Master Sourcer from the UK?

If you’ve not been sourcing for a while then you may not know about the SourceCon Challenge. So, take a seat and let me fill you in… For a long time, SourceCon was the only conference especially for Sourcing professionals. It was held for the first time in Atlanta in 2007. Along with the event,
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Tips for Sourcing Newbies

I get asked about where to start when you are new to the world of Sourcing all the time. I put together a post last year on that very subject, but it is definitely time for an update. So, here is my totally refreshed guide to sourcing for those of you just starting out. Just
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What is sourcing? #DiscSource

I put this question to some of the speakers of Discover Sourcing a few weeks ago. In this video Oscar Mager, Shane McCusker and Ralph Meyer give me their thoughts on the subject; I think of sourcing as the first phase of the recruitment process. It could refer to any activity that gets a candidate
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Discover Sourcing Day 1 Workshop – Find Out More #DiscSource [updated 09/09]

Day 1 of the Discover Sourcing event on Tuesday 17th September will comprise of an afternoon Internet Sourcing workshop for a limited number of attendees. This workshop is aimed at active recruiters, sourcers and researchers. You should attend if you would like to expand your knowledge of Internet search techniques, improve the quality of your
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Why Xing Should Demand Your Attention When Sourcing in Germany

Over the last couple of weeks I have been helping to conduct some market mapping for a client in and around one particular German city. Out of 20 technology companies that were identified as being of interest to them, we started by gathering some rough numbers from LinkedIn and Xing. We were interested in employees within
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Facebook Graph Search Demo

Last week I was a guest on Shane McCusker’s regular sourcing webinar. I have just been given access to Facebook’s new Graph Search, so I decided to show off what I have learned about it so far. Here’s the recording of the webinar for you in case you missed it: Follow Shane’s Recruitment Blog for
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Announcing The Discover Sourcing Event – September 2013 #DiscSource

In February we asked if there was demand for a large, dedicated sourcing event to be held in the UK. Thank you to everyone who has input their ideas, suggestions and support since then. I have been working away behind the scenes for the last few months. Today I am ready to share with the world
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UK Sourcers News – 11th March 2013

UK Sourcers News Plans continue for a large dedicated sourcing event in the UK later this year. All I can tell you at the moment is that you should keep your diaries clear in September! UK Sourcers now has a Google+ community – if you hang out over there and would like to share, chat
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Join us in the Source Lab at #TruLondon 7

If you’ve not heard of #Tru, then where have you been for the last three and a half years? #Tru stands for The Recruiting Unconference. The first #Tru event happened in London in November 2009, thanks to the boundless energy of @BillBoorman. #TruLondon is a fully disorganised, totally jam-packed, two days of great conversations. Some
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UK Sourcers News – 11th February 2013

Sourcing & Recruitment Events A large, dedicated Sourcing event in London? Last week we asked if there was demand for an event like this. At the moment there is not a geeky sourcing event coming up in the UK for us to look forward to. Let us know if you think it’s a good idea,
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Is there interest in a large, dedicated Sourcing event in the United Kingdom?

Why? Sharing and learning from each other is at the heart of the UK Sourcers community. This seems to work best when we get together in person. At the moment there is not a totally awesome and geeky sourcing event coming up in the UK (or even Europe). Recruiters and Sourcers have been known to
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UK Sourcers News – 21st January 2013

UK Sourcers We’d like to send a big thank you to the guys at Amazon for hosting our meetup on 11th January. The surroundings were fantastic and the pizza and beers went down very well after an afternoon of sourcery. Thanks as well to everyone that came along and shared sourcing tips and tricks! You
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UK Sourcers News – 7th January 2013

UK Sourcers News We have our second UK Sourcers Meetup this week. On Friday, Amazon will be hosting us at their new Development Center in London. We are delighted by the interest in these events and regret that everyone that requested a ticket did not get one – but by keeping the events small, we
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Are you making the best use of links on your LinkedIn profile?

This post is inspired by today’s New Year Sourcing Assignment. Today we’re looking at improving your LinkedIn profile in 9 different ways to get you more views, more business and a higher response rate when you contact people. Here is a breakdown of just one point from the 9 point LinkedIn profile checklistin today’s assignment: Making the
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The UK Sourcers Top 10 of 2012

We hope you found something useful here on the UK Sourcers blog in 2012. We’ve not been resident at uksourcers.co.uk for quite a whole year yet, but a rundown of our most popular content seems like the thing to do. Make sure you haven’t missed anything on this Top 10 list… 1. Your Basic Search
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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
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We Have A Winner – Toby Culshaw Found Mother Christmas!

I can announce that I am happily reunited with my Mum this evening, due to the help of Toby Culshaw. My Mum and I have been out and had some mulled wine together to celebrate. I’ll let Toby tell you how he solved the UK Sourcers Christmas Challenge in his own words 🙂 As you
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UK Sourcers News – 17th December 2012

UK Sourcers News Christmas Sourcing Contest We posted a Christmas sourcing contest on Friday, as yet no one has managed to answer my call for help. There is a hamper of goodies in it for the winner so if you have not taken a look yet then you should… there might be some clues later
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Mother Christmas is Missing – A UK Sourcers Chrsitmas Challenge

I thought a Christmas sourcing challenge would be fun. The first person to correctly answer my call for help below will win a special Christmas Hamper, courtesy of Sourcing Hat Ltd. Dear Sourcers, Please Help. I’ve lost my Mum. She’s not been seen at home since she last went out to work. Christmas just won’t
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Announcing The Next UK Sourcers Meetup – 11th January 2013, London

It has taken me a little while, but we finally have another UK Sourcers Meetup in the calendar! In the afternoon of Friday 11th January, Amazon will host our second meetup at their new Development Centre in London. This will be another “hack” style event, with a very unstructured and informal format. Attend if you
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UK Sourcers News – 3rd December 2012

UK Sourcers News Our next UK Sourcers “Hack” Meetup will be taking place in January 2013 – stay tuned for an announcement later this week! We like to keep these events small to ensure that everyone gets a chance to take part, be heard and gain value. There will be a small number of tickets
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LinkedIn Scrap Their Events App – Now What?

LinkedIn have announced that they will be shutting down the LinkedIn Events App on 26th November 2012. I think this is a real shame as it can be a great sourcing tool. I have spoken many times about how powerful events can be for sourcers and that Social Media sites offer you the opportunity get something
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UK Sourcers News – 12th November 2012

LinkedIn LinkedIn will scrap their Events App on 26th November. You will no longer be able to show off the events you are attending/speaking at to your LinkedIn network. I think this is a great shame. I will share some alternative tools on the blog later this week. The new LinkedIn profiles have started to
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UK Sourcers News – 8th October 2012

LinkedIn The Skills & Expertise section of your LinkedIn profile has undergone a significant change. You can now give easy one click endorsements to your connections. This has not come without controversy. Many people are comparing this feature with +K from Klout. As endorsements from happy clients are given no more weight than completely bogus
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UK Sourcers News – 24th September

UK Sourcers News Last Week we ran a competition for Talk Like A Pirate Day in our LinkedIn group. The runaway winner was Ralph Meyer of Gartner who submitted an incredible list of over 6,000 pirates with LinkedIn profiles! Ralph will soon be receiving a shipment of buried treasure. Events The Onrec Conference and Exhibition takes place on
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UK Sourcers News – 17th September

A couple of Social Media links LinkedIn announces 10 million UK users – There’s a pretty infographic too, if you like that sort of thing. Will Geekli.st become the go-to place for hiring developers? – Thanks to James Peters for finding this insightful blog post. You can find us both on Geeklist. I am, as usual,
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Why Are Twitter Lists So Great For Recruitment?

Twitter has a great feature to help recruiters and sourcers find relevant and respected twitter accounts – Twitter Lists. This feature isn’t very well promoted though so might not be immediately discovered by new users. If you are an active Twitter user then you will not have failed to notice a few notifications appearing in
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UK Sourcers News – 10th September 2012

UK Sourcers News Last week we held our first event. I’d like to thank everyone that came along – the attendees were the event. I really enjoyed seeing people sharing their challenges and chatting about what they’re doing in the world of sourcing. It was also great to learn a few new things! I had
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UK Sourcers News – 28th August 2012

UK Sourcers News Our first event is “sold out”! If you’d like to come, get on the Waitlist in case someone drops out at the last minute. If you already have your free ticket to the UK Sourcers’ Meetup on 6th September, don’t forget to let me know if you find you can no longer
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Your Basic Search Engine Handbook from UK Sourcers

Have you ever wished you had a reference that would talk you through the basic building blocks of using Search Engines and Boolean? The idea of using a Search Engine to find information about people is natural to some and a totally new idea to others. Search Engines like Google and Bing can be a
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What is a #Hashtag?

Hashtags started life on Twitter but have started cropping up all over the web. What are Hashtags? They provide Twitter users with a way to add context to their tweets. Here’s some examples: Tweeting about a TV program or sporting event, like the olympic opening ceramony Okay… whose patronus is Mary Poppins??? #OlympicCeremony — The
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UK Sourcers News – 6th August 2012

UK Sourcers News The UK Sourcers blog here at uksourcers.co.uk has been going for a whole 100 days! Why not check out our top five posts so far? I am delighted to announce UK Sourcers’ first event. We’re holding a free “hack day” style meetup in London on Thursday 6th September. If you’d like to
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The First UK Sourcers’ Meetup – London

I am delighted to announce the first UK Sourcers event! On Thursday 6th September, Mind Candy will host us for a UK Sourcers’ Meetup at their unique offices in London. It will be a “hack day” style event – just for an afternoon though. Attend if you are interested in meeting fellow professionals, learning new Internet
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A Recruiter’s Guide to RSS Feeds and Using Google Reader

A lot of Recruiters I meet are not sure what RSS means. RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication”. You will find it on any website where there is regularly updated content – like news sites and blogs. If you regularly check out more than one or two news sites and blogs during the day then
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Top 5 Posts from 100 Days of the UK Sourcers’ Blog

The title says it all really! 5 Things Not To Do When You Join Twitter 3 Sites You’ve Never Thought About Sourcing From Creative Sourcing and Candidate Attraction – Guest Post by Katie Lowe of Cactus Search Live Sourcing At Reconverse LinkedIn Is Not The Only Fruit  I hope you have found the last 100
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UK Sourcers News – 9th July

UK Sourcing News I have spotted another blogging sourcer in the UK. Check out Martin Freeman’s blog called “My Sourcing Basics”. Tickets are selling fast for the UK’s first Talent Sourcing Conference in London this August. Have you got your ticket yet? Social Media News Is Facebook Planning it’s own Social Job Board? Improvements to
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Twitter Search Gets An Important Overhaul

Yesterday Twitter announced that they have made some major improvements to Twitter Search. Some of the new features may be important in helping you engage with a targeted audience. Many of the new Twitter Search features don’t seem to be live across the board yet. Spelling Corrections: Twitter should now make suggestions if it thinks you have
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Facebook to Launch a Job Board?

Yesterday Will Staney, Direcror of Recruiting at Success Factors in the US, revealed that Facebook will be launching a job board offering – and soon. His mysterious sources, referred to only as “People”, say that three companies, Jobvite, BranchOut and Work4Labs, all with existing Facebook career products, would be involved with this new offering. Facebook’s
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LinkedIn Is Not The Only Fruit

Last week I attended the Social Recruiting Conference (#SRConf) in London. Pete Crosby from Viadeo was one of the speakers. Viadeo is a professional networking site with around 45 million members, 10 million of which are in Europe. While this isn’t as many as LinkedIn – Viadeo has significant penetration in France. If you are
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UK Sourcers News – 2nd July 2012

UK Sourcing News If you don’t already keep an eye on the content produced by Shane McCusker of 1ntelligence, then you should. He keeps a blog and runs regular webinars. You might be particularly interested in the recording and write up of his Webinar on Advanced Sourcing from 21st June. The UK is about to
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5 Things Not To Do When You Join Twitter

Twitter is great if you are starting to explore Social Media or looking to learn more about Sourcing. It has been instrumental as part of my professional development and led to virtually all my business, one way or another. Twitter has helped me discover loads of useful content and meet many very smart people. I
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UK Sourcers’ News – 25th June

Events This week marks the return of the Social Recruiting Conference from Crexia. If you haven’t got a ticket yet then why not snap one up while there is still time? If you can’t make it to the conference on Thursday then I’ll be providing live tweets and more on the day, just follow the
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