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 will all know, on Friday 14th December, the gauntlet was thrown down by Katharine to find her lost mother. It read:

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 be the same without her.
If you can track down where she was on Wednesday 12th December then I’m sure I can take it from there.
Please send an email to uksourcers@yahoo.com with my Mum’s name, where she was on Wednesday 12th December and a photo of her in a Santa hat (just so I’m sure you’ve really found her).
Thanks for your help and Happy Sourcing!
Regards,
Katharine

Now, being a kindly soul and also one that likes a challenge, I was happy to have a little look to see if I could help.

Although I love to be quick off the mark sadly, having just moved house, my internet access is at zero so I knew all activity would have to wait until Monday.

Firstly I looked at the text of the challenge itself for any hidden clues… nothing. I tried a quick broad Google search of “Katharine” AND (“mother” OR “mum” OR “mom” OR “mummy”) and stumbled across a review for a holiday house rental in Marseillette, France making reference to Paul’s mother Anne… still no use… although the holiday house looked lovely!

Then I saw a comment that Katharine had put in a discussion on the UK Sourcers LinkedIn group:

“Thanks for the “Like” Claire, I hope you’re taking part! No one has managed to find Mother Christmas yet”

I took “Mother Christmas” and ran with it… was it making reference to the Roald Dahl poem? Was it referencing “Mother Christmas’ Journey” a book written by Mary Martin and Valerie Stumbles (after all, I didn’t know about the marital status of either Katharine or her mother)? Is it connected to a short story titled “Mother’s Christmas” written by Elisabeth Robinson – possibly.. well the surnames match. After a little digging I decided these were dead ends.

I thought I needed to start from sctratch and get back to the last bit of data I knew to be accurate – Katharine!

Doing a quick look on Naymz I could see a fair amount of Katharine’s background but also looking in the tags section I could see one particular word standing out Henery. There seemed little relevance at first but I thought to note it down and see what came up later. Looking through Katharine’s Facebook profile (not usually a route I would take but my work’s firewall was being tricky on twitter and most other sites, so needs must) there were a number of names that stood out, all with the surname Henery, that I would later find out were some of Katharine’s cousins and aunts.

Looking at the profiles of these individuals on facebook, and doing some quick Google searches / cross referencing of their names on profileengine.com, I found an Angela Henery on LinkedIn.

Doing a few x-ray searches of LinkedIn, Facebook and WordPress, I had her LinkedIn profile in minutes (I may have also invited Angela to connect on LinkedIn as I originally thought I needed an email address as well). A rather nice looking recipe for a Cheddar and Red Onion Omelet and, most importantly, confirmation that both Angela and Katharine had lived in the same house at the same time and a Twitter handle (@AngelaH57).This is looking very positive… now all I need is to track Angela down to the 12th December and get a photo…

Having seen on Angela’s LinkedIn profile that she volunteered at the Averbury Manor, I thought I would do some digging in Google Images to see what they had released recently (and specifically around the 12th). Some lovely images, but nothing. From a conversation discussing imagery on a WordPress post about “The Manor Reborn”, which was filmed at Averbury Manor, I saw nationaltrustimages.org.uk I thought surely this is it… nope, nothing! Once again lots of lovely pictures but nothing useful. As before, I rolled back to the last thing I knew to be fact… Twitter.

The very first Tweet on Angela’s timeline was reference to Averbury.

No photo = no good.

Scrolling through Angela’s timelines I saw lots of interactions with @TheSourceress so I was reaffirming my choice as I went. Once I hit a tweet Angela had Retweeted from @AveburyNT I decided to investigate.

Looking at the @AveburyNT page, the images jumped out at me immediately… Christmas hats!!

Scrolling through, @AverburyNT had even kindly labelled the pictures for me so a few clicks later I had found the one I was after. It also rather conveniently confirmed where Angela was on 12th December by the date posted:

And there we have it, Angela and Katharine are reunited – safe and sound. The moral of the search being – don’t be afraid to run down a few rabbit holes because eventually you’ll find your way through.

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 be the same without her.
If you can track down where she was on Wednesday 12th December then I’m sure I can take it from there.
Please send an email to uksourcers@yahoo.com with my Mum’s name, where she was on Wednesday 12th December and a photo of her in a Santa hat (just so I’m sure you’ve really found her).
Thanks for your help and Happy Sourcing!
Regards,
Katharine

UK Sourcers News – 12th November 2012

LinkedIn

LinkedIn Event Logo

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 roll out. If you haven’t seen one yet then take a look at this sample: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/sample. Get a full look under the bonnet of the new LinkedIn profiles on Mr LinkedIn’s blog.

The section listing what you are happy to be contacted about, looking like this on the old style profiles,

LinkedIn Contact Preferences List

seems to be no longer visible. Will this affect the way you approach potential candidates?

Social Media

Instagram now has profile pages for the desktop web. If you use Instagram then be sure to take a look and add a bio to your profile. Just like StarbucksJobs has done:

StarbucksJobs on Instagram

To see your Instagram web profile simply visit instagr.am/YourUsername.

Facebook has always seemed a lot of hard work when it comes to candidate research. Balazs Paroczay totally changed my opinion on this while in #TruLondon’s sourcing lab last month. Take a look at his fantastic Facebook Sourcing Prezi to see what I mean.

Events

Last week I hosted a session with Laura Stoker of AIRS at UK Recruiter’s End of Year Conference. Laura introduced a few tools that might prove useful for sourcing:

  • X-ray and Filetype searches with Google – see my Search Engine Handbook for details
  • etools.ch – a meta search engine from Switzerland that searches 13 search engines at once.
  • Yatedo – a people search engine that can turn up fresh results
  • Yandex – a growing search engine from Russia

You might also be interested in Lisa Jones’ write up of her session on Technology trends from the UK Recruiter Conference.

After the conference came the culmination of this years’ National Online Recruitment Awards. You can find all the winners listed on the NORAs website..

Christmas

I would like to host a Christmas get together for the UK Sourcers community – I am looking for a sponsor to pay for some nibbles and few drinks – get in touch if you think your business would benefit from helping us out.