The First UK Sourcers’ Meetup – London

I am delighted to announce the first UK Sourcers event!

Mind Candy HQ, LondonOn 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 research skills and helping others to do the same.

You should bring a laptop with you – you will need it!

What we cover is up to you. We can help each other brush up on our Boolean skills or make the most of searching social networks – the sky’s the limit.

Places are limited so register to attend ASAP!

If your company would like to host a Sourcing Meetup in your part of the UK then please let me know.

I hope to see you in September 🙂

Event: Onrec Gravity Recruiting Conference – 6th June 2012

Onrec LogoLast week I caught up with David Hurst of Onrec about their upcoming Gravity Conference on 6th June.

The theme of the event is using your online presence to help the right candidates find you.

I often say to people looking to use the internet to source talented people that it pays to be findable online yourself first. It is far easier to have the talent you want come to you. This event should provide some valuable insight into candidate behaviour, with statistics from comScore looking at where people go to find vacancies.

This is what Onrec have to say about it;

In an employment market where candidates are in abundance in some sectors, employers will be considering how to include into their recruitment strategy the best ways to attract the attention of active candidates.

So where do you start? For employers with a corporate website advertising vacancies on the recruitment area of the site is a good place. Linking with an applicant tracking system together and filter applicants is the next.

But how can you get the attention of those potential candidates? How will they find your vacancies? This unique conference will provide a range of strategies to help the candidate gravitate to your company’s vacancies.
This event will be of interest to employers involved in planning and implementing and running online recruitment strategies.

HR directors, Managers, Personnel Managers, Consultants and Suppliers involved in the online recruitment process will all benefit from attending.

Take a look at the speaker lineup, It seems there will be some interesting stories from Kelly Services and RWE npower. I look forward to reporting back to you next week.

A Day In The Life Of The Internet

A week might be a long time in politics, but a day is even longer in online recruitment.

Perhaps you ran a search yesterday and didn’t find a suitable candidate on a job board, or no one was tweeting/blogging about the software your client needs expertise in.

A lot has happened on the Internet since then.

In just one day we write enough blog posts to fill Time magazine for the next 770 years! 98 years worth of videos are uploaded to YouTube – you’ll never manage to watch all the cat videos.

When you search the web today, it’s very different than the place you searched yesterday…

A Day In The Internet - From Mashable

Infographic via Mashable.

Sourcing Lessons From Hogwarts

I am a big Harry Potter fan and I am a sourcer – you might have noticed that I am part way through a monster Harry Potter marthon this week! I’ve tenuously linked the two together in order to impart a few talent sourcing tips – enjoy!

DEFENCE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS

Alistair “Mad eye” Moody had a point – it doesn’t hurt to always be vigilant. I’m not talking about keeping an eye out for Death Eaters or dark magic, but for sourcing opportunities. I like to play a game when I am on the train where I try to work out what people do for a living. I feel it keeps me sharp – one day I’ll find someone I want to hire, and then I’ll probably panic and make a mess of it. There are sourcing opportunities everywhere – when checking in on Foursquare, when shopping on Amazon and while watching TV. If you can’t work out how – CONSTANT VIGILANCE!!

CHARMS

“Accio!” When Harry wants to find something, like his broomstick, he uses this handy charm to summon it. This isn’t the only charm he knows though; there are hundreds that will help him in his day to day life, his future career and any dragon avoidance he may have to engage in. Similarly, it’s important for a sourcer to know about lots of tools – it’s no good just using Google and LinkedIn all the time and never trying anything else. As handy as it might be to make a troll’s club float, sometimes it would be much more useful to know how to unlock a door or mend your glasses. So try out Bing and Ning and Xing as well.

POTIONS

If you mix ingredients together in the wrong way it can be dangerous. Why do you think Snape is such a grump? He’s trying to stop the dunnerheads in his class blowing his dungeon sky high! Nothing as dangerous will happen if you get your Boolean in a twist, but if you mix ingredients together in the RIGHT way – something Magical can happen. Sometimes you need to mix your search terms in a different way – or think of some new keyword ingredients. Sometimes you need to add another tool into your sourcing mix. Have you tried mixing followerwonk (to search twitter profiles) with knowem (to see if that twitter handle is used as a username elsewhere) and then following the trail of breadcrumbs? You might need to throw in a little pipl (people search) to cross reference some more, or you might not.

CARE OF MAGICAL CREATURES

Some magical creatures, like hippogriffs, can be really dangerous if you don’t know how to treat them, but really useful (for transporting fugitives) if you do. In the same way, some websites can seem scary/complicated/useless when you first visit them. If you take the time to learn what they’re all about, visit the ‘help’ pages, poke around on their blog and don’t forget to bow, you just might figure out how to harness them in the fight against Voldemort (or at the very least, in the war for talent).

DIVINATION

Working out where talented people might be hiding can sometimes seem a bit like gazing into a crystal ball while drinking tea and falling asleep in a warm tower… well, it does if you work in a tall office and get free tea bags that regularly split during the brewing process. Guess work is ok when you are sourcing – you are not expected to be all-knowing. Look under a few rocks. But remember, if something isn’t working – modify your approach rather than continuing too far down a rabbit hole.

Have you learnt any sourcing lessons lately?

The UK’s Secret Sourcers

It is easy to think that there aren’t any great talent sourcers in the UK.

They are certainly not very visible online, and wouldn’t they be if they existed?

A few weeks ago at the Executive Research Association’s Annual Conference, I met a whole group of undiscovered secret sourcers!

ERA

I was really impressed by the people I met there. Some identified as researchers, some as recruiters, resourcers or head hunters, but all of them were clearly very passionate about tracking down hard to find talent. I really hope some of them decide to raise their profiles by sharing their skills with us online.

I was asked to share with them some tips and tricks when it comes to searching the web for candidates. When I sat down to write my presentation, I decided to share some of the first things I had learned when I started out as a researcher in 2008.

Here are the slides I shared with the ERA group – giving you a crash course in Google-ing for talent.

Andy Headworth also gave a fantastic keynote presentation “Social Media – Friend or Foe” – I’d recommend checking that out too.

Katharine
@TheSourceress

Two Events – April 2011

In April I will be speaking at two Social Media for Recruitment events in London.

Social Media – Friend of Foe?
Wednesday 6th April – Royal Society of Arts, London
From the Executive Research Association

Aimed at UK researchers and resourcers, Social Media – Friend or Foe? is aiming to educate about Social Media and its uses for both building your profile as a researcher and identifying potential candidates. I will be introducing the basics of Internet research.

I aim to demonstrating the sheer volume of information relating to people, and what they do for a living, available on the web.

Social Media in Recruitment 
Thursday 7th April – Congress Centre, London 
From Web Based Recruitment

Now in its third year, Social Media in Recruitment has built a fantastic community and reputation as a thought leadership event in Social Recruiting.

I will be talking about identifying and engaging people online rather than mearley looking for CVs. Here is an interview with me, conducted by Mike Taylor of Web Based Recruitment, telling you more.

Katharine Robinson
@TheSourceress

Please Help – Tell Me About Your CV

I am conducting a short survey to see just how many internet users are putting their CVs out there to be found.

CV Survey

I really appreciate you taking the time to stop by and take part.

If you’d like me to send you the results when it’s done, leave me your email address or twitter name when you fill in the survey. I won’t use those contact details for anything else.

Thanks 🙂

Katharine
@TheSourceress 

Are The People You Want To Hire Findable On The Internet?

I noticed this video created by Simply Zesty and posted on Mashable this morning. 

Some of these statistics show exactly why it’s impossible to ignore social networks and the internet in general when it comes to tracking down people with the skills you need to hire. 

85% of the UK population is online

64% have a profile on a social network

Out of those people online, one in four write a blog!

Take a look for yourself: