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 what we have managed to come up with so far 🙂

discover sourcing 2013 conference logo

We have a wonderful venue, near London Bridge for two days of Sourcing geekery. There is lots of space to relax and chat outside of the organised sessions. We hope that the event will be as much about networking and sharing as it is about listening and learning.

Discover Sourcing 2013 - Prospero House, London

We are starting to gather a fantastic group of speakers and hope they will have a lot to share with you here on the blog in the run up to the event.

All the details will become available here on the UK Sourcers site over the course of the next two weeks. Right now, you can find a summary of all the details so far on the Discover Sourcing Eventbrite Page.

If you’re quick off the mark then you can bag yourself one of a limited number of “Fast Falcon” tickets at a very special price, only available until the end of April.

If you would be interested in getting involved as a speaker or sponsor, please do get in touch.

Watch this space for more information as it gets confirmed!

Join us in the Source Lab at #TruLondon 7

UK Sourcers and the TruLondon Source LabIf 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 of those conversations are even about recruitment. It’s happening this week on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th March. You can still register for #TruLondon here for a few more hours.

The Sourcing Lab has emerged as one of the most popular parts of the London events. There will be sourcing themed tracks running throughout both days in the Sourcing Lab and we will be there.

Hope to see you at #TruLondon!

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, if you’d like to speak (or lead a discussion) at the event or if your business would be interested in sponsoring such an event.

Recruitment Agency Expo
The Recruitment Agency Expo is taking place at Olympia in London on 26th & 27th February.

#TruLondon 7
#TruLondon returns the City Hotel on 6th & 7th March. Come along to be a part of the conversation.

Social Media

Where LinkedIn Members Live - Feb 2013LinkedIn
LinkedIn totally shattered their financial predictions. Recruitment accounted for 54% of its income last year. It was reported on the SourceCon blog that LinkedIn intends to raise its process for recruitment customers in the US and “some other areas” in the second quarter of 2013. Having announced 200 million members not long ago and engagement levels on the site rising exponentially, LinkedIn look like a formidable force.

Vine
Vine is the hot new thing from Twitter. If you have an iPhone then you can share a tiny six second video clip with Vine. Some brands have already been getting in on the action and creating some Vine videos. I saw quite a lot of updates on Vine from SourceCon in Atlanta last week too. Do you think you could make a Vine job ad or recruitment video?

Twitter Search
Now when you search for a keyword of interest on Twitter you will see results from further back than just seven days! Last week twitter extended their search results to include the most popular updates for your keywords tweeted at any time in the past – try searching for something obscure and see the results! Great for us Sourcers that are looking for rare skills.

Job boards

6 fast rising job boards in EMEA
At the end of January, eQuest published a list of job boards showing extraordinary growth in the number of jobs posted on them between 2011 and 2012.

On a lighter note

A street address worthy of a Sourcer – Wouldn’t you just love to live here!

Boole Heights

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 available so be sure to register as soon as you can. To hear about the event first, be sure to join the UK Sourcers LinkedIn group.

Social Sourcing

As I mentioned in my last news post, LinkedIn’s Events Application was shut down on 26th November – did you notice? I wrote a post giving more information and details of five other tools that you might think about using now that LinkedIn Events is no more.

Opportunities

Amazon is hiring recruiters and sourcers for their new London Development Center. Do get in touch with Becky McCarey if you would be interested in learning more.

LinkedIn Scrap Their Events App – Now What?

LinkedIn have announced that they will be shutting down the LinkedIn Events App on 26th November 2012.

LinkedIn Help Center: LinkedIn Events - Shutdown

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 out of an event even if you are unable to attend – who has the time or money to go to everything?

If you’d still like to let your LinkedIn network know what events you will be attending then using LinkedIn’s status updates could be a good alternative. This also gives you the opportunity to say more about why you’re going than just using LinkedIn Events would have done.

LinkedIn’s Events App is, of course, only one small way to follow the plethora of breadcrumbs left online by event attendees. So, what other apps could we start using to discover events, promote our own events and source names of interesting people to talk to?

[Note: If the search strings in this post seem confusing then check out my Search Engine Handbook for Recruiters – it will explain everything.]

Eventbrite

Event organisers use Eventbriteto manage ticket sales for their events and as a promotion tool. This makes it a huge, fully searchable, events directory. I would guess that most people reading this blog have registered to attend an event through Eventbrite at least once before, but have you ever used it to search for events?

Search for events on Eventbrite

Some event organisers make the attendee lists of their events publicly visible. This is really useful for us! You can search for events very effectively from inside Eventbrite or if you just want to find events that are displaying a list of attendees then try X-raying Eventbrite via Google or another search engine like this:

“industry keyword” (location OR location) “attendee list sort by” site:eventbrite.com

Eventbrite is particularly good for: Event Discovery & Name Sourcing (if the organiser has chosen to display an attendee list). Similar Tool: Amiando

Facebook Events

Not every event on Facebookis for “Toni’s 30th Birthday Bash”. A lot of big conferences and smaller networking groups promote their events on Facebook. Try X-Raying Facebook to find events in your industry. A string like this might help you get started:

site:facebook.com inurl:events “industry keywords” location

The intitle:operator can be useful here as event names form part of the page title.

Social Developers London November - Facebook Event

As you can see above, there are often lists of those attending, invited, maybe attending… and you can see all their names just by clicking. Of course, some networking and event communities have Facebook pages. Take London’s Digital Sizzle community, for example. At the time of writing they have 512 likes on their Facebook page – if this is the sort of talent you’re looking for then these people are probably of interest. Facebook might not let you see those 512 names, but if you take a look at the page’s most recent posts and hover over where it says “3 people like this” – then you will see the names of those three people. No doubt three people very engaged with that page and those events. You can also see who has commented on and shared posts made by a Facebook page.

The names you gather on Facebook can be cross referenced with a Google or LinkedIn search.

Facebook Events are particularly good for: Name Sourcing
Further Reading: Cracking open Facebook by Balazs Paroczay

Lanyrd

Lanyrd is an app that helps people discover events via their Twitter networks. If you use twitter then you probably have quite a chunk of followers that work in a similar niche to your business.

Sign in at Lanyrd with your Twitter credentials to find out what events your network is going to be attending. You can even get weekly event suggestions sent to your inbox. Build 2012 seems to be very popular in my network this week:

Build 2012 on Lanyrd

Lanyrd allows people to register both that they are attending the event or if they are just interested and would like to track the event. This means that you often get a lot more useful names (with links to their Twitter profiles) than you would do from a straight forward attendee list.

If an event is popular on Lanyrd then its attendees are probably going to generate quite a lot of tweets on the day too – remember to set yourself a reminder to monitor Twitter on the day of the event to find more attendees. The page above tells us to use the #buildconf  hashtag. I’ll say more about hashtags later.

Lanyrd is particularly good for: Discovery and Name Sourcing.
Similar Tools: Plancast

Meetup

Meetup is a great hybrid of community and events. Some people join an event community on Meetup but never actually attend an event. Like Lanyrd, it gives you that bit extra compared with a standard attendee list. PHP London on Meetup.com

The URLs for groups and people profiles make X-raying Meetup really easy too.

Take the PHP London meetup group. It has 1,696 members who will all have a profile page. If I wanted to find developers with experience on eCommerce sites I might try a string like this:

(magento OR ecommerce OR “e commerce”) site:meetup.com/phplondon/members

Meetup is particularly good for: Name Sourcing, Promotion
Further Reading: How To Source On Meetup by Peter Kazanjy on the SourceCon blog

Twitter

Not everyone on Twitter will be active on Lanyrd or Plancast. Once you know about an event, Twitter can be a really powerful to way to discover who is attending and why.

These days most events have a #hashtag. If you are unsure how hashtags work then take a look at my post explaining how recruiters can use hashtags.

An event’s hashtag can sometimes be slow to emerge. It is worth leaving a search running for “the name of the event” in quote marks weeks, even months, before a big conference or expo.

If attending or sponsoring an event, I will often build a Twitter list of all those I find that look like they will be attending. It’s then easy for me to spend a little time ahead of the event interacting with those people via Twitter. This makes meeting up on the day much easier as you already feel you know each other and feel part of a community.

Twitter is particularly good for: Being there even when you can’t attend, Name Sourcing, Discovery & Promotion.
Further Reading: What is a #Hashtag?

Do you use any other sites to identify great events and the talent that attends them?

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.

UK Sourcers News – 24th September

Talk like a pirate day logo

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

Onrec logoThe Onrec Conference and Exhibition takes place on Thursday 4th October in London. The speaker of most interest to Sourcers will likely be Laura Stoker of AIRS, talking about Revolutionary Resourcing. You can still get yourself a ticket to the conference or attend the exhibition for free.

Also coming up in October is #TruLondon 6. If unconferencing is more your style then this is the event for you. Get your ticket for two days of fully disorganised learning at The Recruiting Unconference.

Social Media

Twitter has launched new profile header pictures – to set yours simply go to twitter.com/settings/design, scroll to the bottom of the page and select “Change Header” to upload an image. This will automatically update you to the new profile layout.

Twitter profile header pictures
I really enjoyed this post by Bill Boorman on the Colleague blog – Recruiters: What do you contribute?

LinkedIn made some changes last week too – your 3rd degree connections are no longer visible to you when you are signed in to LinkedIn on a Basic account. Read the full scoop on Mr LinkedIn’s blog.

What a 3rd degree LinkedIn contact now looks likeI did not spot any new opportunities for sourcers this week. If you did, feel free to let me know.

UK Sourcers News – 17th September

4 out of 5 UK Professionals are now on LInkedIn

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, TheSourceress.

Is YouTube the secret ingredient for successful recruiting? – Another infographic for you to easilly digest with your morning cuppa.

Social Media Week 2012A note about Social Media Week

Social Media Week is an event that takes place in cities all over the world from 24th – 28th September. This year the UK will be hosting a number of recruitment related events during Social Media Week. Check out these:

Why Use Social Media for Recruitment – Tuesday 25th September in Glasgow
Social Recruitment – Tuesday 25th September in London
Developing a Social Recruitment Strategy – Wednesday 26th September in Glasgow

There are a total of 136 events in London and 90 events in Glasgow, so whatever your Social Media queries, I’m sure you can find an event to suit your needs.

I’m afraid that I haven’t spotted any opportunities this week 🙁

If you have a job or an event that you’d like to share with the UK Sourcers community, just get in touch.

What is a #Hashtag?

#hashtagsHashtags 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

Tweeting from a conference like The Social Recruiting Conference

Taking part in a contest run by a consumer brand

Tweets relevant to a particular location or town, like Reading

You can turn any word into a hashtag simply by putting the # symbol ahead of it. You can’t have any spaces or special characters in a hashtag.

Before using a hashtag for the first time, it’s worth looking to see how people use it. Run a search on Twitter for your chosen tag to see if it is being used and how.

I have used #rdg as an example above. #Reading is already being used by book lovers all over the world so it would make no sense to use it to talk about traffic, weather or events local to the town of Reading in Berkshire. Residents have chosen to use #rdg instead.

This shows how important it is to check a hashtag before using it. By using a hashtag, you are making yourself a part of an online community.

How are recruiters using hashtags?

1. Learning

Twitter chats are a great way to learn. A Twitter chat is a discussion that takes place at a predetermined time using a hashtag to help participants keep track of the debate. Popular Twitter Chats for recruiters include; #TalentNet #TChat #HFChat #JobHuntChat #CareerChat.

Recruiters also use hashtags to share relevant links and information all the time, like: #socialrecruiting and #uksourcers.

2. Sourcing

Hashtags are great for spotting people in other industries doing exactly what recruiters are doing above and more.

Just last week I discovered that nurses have a fortnightly Twitter chat on the tag #NTtwitChat.

https://twitter.com/twigfish/status/233176413904203778

This sort of things goes on in many industries. Do you know if there is a Twitter chat for users in your market places?

You can also track events happening in your niche. For example, there is a meetup of the London Ruby Users Group today. You can track who is attending using the #LRUG hashtag.

3. Advertising, Promotion and Branding

This option is much more tricky as it’s very easy for an inexperienced Twitter user to look like a spammer when they try to use a hashtag to promote a job.

There was a time when the #rdg hashtag was flooded by recruiters trying to promote jobs in the Reading area. This might make sense to us as recruiters and sourcers but those Tweets were only relevant to very few Reading residents – only a small percentage would be looking for a job at all and even fewer would be appropriate for it. It can actually be quite damaging to the brand of a recruitment business. Something like #rdgjobs, promoted very occasionally on the main #rdg tag would have been a better strategy.

The same happens when you take an industry hashtag to promote jobs, you can end up displacing the original users of the tag, making your efforts pointless. Better to invent your own tag and promote it occasionally on the main tag.

Hashtags like #jobs, #job and #careers are very popular, but are used so much that it makes it unlikely your one job would be seen. They can still be useful though as job seekers can team up the hashtag with an industry, skill or location keyword to find jobs relevant to them.

Using Hashtags with your non-job content is probably most important.

Research tags and find one that has a community and content relevant to what you are planning to share. You want to be enriching a community by providing genuinely useful and interesting content.

If you are using a tool like bit.ly or hootsuite to shorten links to your content then you will see what content gets the most clicks. Most people find that hashtags greatly increase engagement factors like clicks, retweets and @replies.

How are you using Hashtags?

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 come along, share and learn from other sourcers and recruiters, then you need to register on our eventbrite page.

Other Events

Have you got your ticket for the Talent Sourcing Conference on 23rd August? It looks like it’s going to be a great day jam packed full of sourcing tips and tricks!

You might also like to check out Executive Search: Cutting Out The Middle Man from Reconverse. It’s a free event for In-house recruiters to talk about how you can make more direct hires at a senior level.

Social Media Sourcing

Insta-source with Instagram! A great blog post from Katrina Collier of Winning Impression. If you do join Instagram, then find and follow me – as usual, I’m TheSourceress.

New to Twitter? Don’t worry, you already know how to use it. This is a great post covering some common sense points that many new users seem to forget.

Where do jobs fit in your Social Recruiting feeds? Are you tweeting nothing but jobs on your Twitter feed? It might be worth checking out this post from Chris Brablc.

Opportunities

Talent Sourcer – at BP in London
Talent Attraction Specialist – Ochre House/AB InBev in London