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.

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Discover Sourcing 2013

When: 17th & 18th September 2013
Where: Prospero House, 241 Borough High Street, London

Who Should Attend?

Attend both days of Discover Sourcing if you work in a sourcing role, are a recruiter and do your own sourcing, or if you want to learn more about how to source.

Managers who oversee sourcing professionals, consultants, thought leaders and recruitment business owners should attend the Discover Sourcing conference day only.

Who is attending?

So far we have a real mix of in-house recruiters and sourcers, executive search consultants and recruitment business owners.

What will I learn?

The Internet Sourcing Workshop on Tuesday 17th September will be run by Katharine Robinson and Karen Blakeman. The workshop is split into four sessions; How to get more relevant results from Google, Alternatives to Google, Unlocking LinkedIn and Sourcing from industry events. Take a look at our post on the Day 1 Workshop for full details.

The conference on Wednesday 18th September will consist of “How to” sessions (from the likes of Martin Lee, Oscar Mager, Shane McCusker, and Laura Stoker), case studies from LV= and Avancos, sessions on the history and future of sourcing, trends in job advertising and, of course, social media. Why not check out the full agenda so far?

What is the background of the event?

UK Sourcers have been running a few tiny free events wherever they can scrounge space and free wifi for over a year. It has been our dream to do something bigger, with unrestricted numbers, for quite a while.

This is the inaugural Discover Sourcing event. Organised by Katharine Robinson and the UK Sourcers community to bring sourcers from around the world together in a location convenient for us Brits.

Magical things seem to happen when people passionate about sourcing get together. The primary mission of this event is to get lots of like minded people together and give them plenty of inspiration and space to allow that magic to happen.

What are the benefits of attending Discover Sourcing?

Here are just some of the things that you could gain by attending the sessions on offer at Discover Sourcing;

  • Detailed instruction in Internet sourcing techniques from leaders in the profession
  • The opportunity to try out new cutting edge sourcing tools
  • Exposure to a wide range of candidate generation strategies and techniques
  • The opportunity to discuss your challenges when sourcing across Europe
  • A chance to understand how to better maximise the effectiveness of your job advertising activities
  • An understanding of the impact social media is having on the way we do business, find jobs and make good use of our networks
  • The chance to explore some of the biggest challenges faced by sourcing professionals, and how these might be solved, as we look into the future
  • How recruitment businesses can employ their sourcing skills to uncover business development opportunities
  • Hear from well known brands like Ernst & Young and LV= about their approaches to sourcing talent
  • Gain an understanding of how sourcing as an activity and sourcers as professionals currently fit into recruitment teams in the UK
  • Realise the impact that your sourcing activity has on your brand
  • Bring your new knowledge back to your colleagues in order to benefit your whole organisation.

There will be multiple sessions running at any one time at Discover Sourcing on 18th September, it is up to you to choose the sessions most appropriate for you and your business needs.

What is the cost of attending?

Tickets: £345+VAT (for the conference day on 18th Sept) or £495+VAT (for a full 2 day pass to the workshop on the 17th Sept and the conference day). Do get in touch about discount rates for multiple tickets.
Accommodation: Hotels from about £95 (this might be applicable if you attend both days of Discover Sourcing)
Other Costs to Consider: Travel, food (we will be providing lunch and refreshments on Day 1 and breakfast, lunch and refreshments on Day 2).

Register for Discover Sourcing here, or contact Katharine Robinson via email or phone on +44 (0)7779 716 147.

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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 search results and get a little competitive with your peers.

Katharine and KarenThe session is being run by Karen Blakeman and Katharine Robinson. Between them they have a wealth of knowledge on Internet search tools and people sourcing techniques that it would be difficult to match.

You will receive detailed handouts for each of the sessions and there will be some great prizes for those that perform best in the challenge elements of the day.

The Sessions will include:

  • How to get more relevant results from Google
  • Alternatives to Google
  • Unlocking LinkedIn
  • Sourcing from industry events

See here for the Discover Sourcing Agenda so far.

You will need to bring a laptop with you if you decide to attend this workshop. In order to get the maximum benefit from the day and take part in the sourcing challenges you will need to be able to get online. The venue will be providing us with excellent wifi access. You will get lunch on arrival at the venue on Tuesday 17th September and refreshments mid-afternoon.

ERA LogoThe person who performs best in our workshop challenges will win a Kindle! This prize is sponsored by The ERA.

If you want to attend the Day 1 workshop you will need to buy a ticket to both days of Discover Sourcing. Do get in touch about discounted rates when you buy multiple tickets.

Click here to tweet about Discover Sourcing.

Is there interest in a large, dedicated Sourcing event in the United Kingdom?

Because It's AwesomeWhy?

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 express their frustration about this to me.

I love a good event and get quite a kick out of organising them – I wouldn’t get involved with Twestivals and Tweetcamps and all that stuff if I didn’t! So here it goes – an attempt to get an EPIC sourcing event off the ground in old London town!

Before I get too carried away, I would like to know that I’m planning the event that you want – Do you want sourcing challenges, big name speakers, boolean cupcakes, social media workshops, keynote presentations or t-shirts? Here is your chance to shape things…

I’ll either do this right, or I won’t do it.

Who should get involved in the event?

Get involved if you are interested in meeting fellow sourcing and recruitment professionals, increasing your awareness of sourcing tools and techniques, and improving your sourcing skills with some of the UK’s (and maybe the world’s) geekiest sourcing professionals.

If you have a sourcing story to tell then you should let us know. If you have a passion for soucing with a particular tool then we want to hear about it. We would like to have new speakers that are doing great things in sourcing as well as experienced exponents. Surprise us with something different!

In-house recruitment teams, RPOs and recruitment businesses are all very welcome. If I have learnt anything from the UK Sourcers community, it is that it is alright to share! If you are interested in sourcing candidates then this event will aim to help you. We would also like to see attendees from every level of organisations – from the HRD to n00bie resourcers. We won’t be afraid to run a variety of sessions so that there is something to keep everyone engaged throughout the day.

If you have a product that you think sourcers need to know about – would you consider sponsoring an event? This is key – to make the event really extraordinary we’ll need support from some relevant industry suppliers.

How can you get involved?

There are three ways to get involved. You can

We are not sure what the right format would be for a sourcing event yet either – so give us your thoughts via the links above and help shape the event.
You might also want to join the UK Sourcers LinkedIn group – I tend to post our event information there first!

Where and when?

We are currently aiming for a dates in September at a venue in central London.

What happens next?

If we get enough interest, we’ll make an announcement about the event format, dates and venue in early April. If you’d like to influence how the event takes shape then be sure to give us your thoughts using the forms above.

April Update: We’re delighted to announce Discover Sourcing!

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!

Amazon LogoIn 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 are interested in meeting and networking with fellow recruitment professionals, learning new Internet research skills and helping others to do the same.

You should bring a laptop with you – you might feel lost without one!

We aim to keep these events small in attendee numbers so that everyone has a chance to be heard, share and take something away from the session. For that reason, I recommend that you register ASAP via the Eventbrite page.

If you register and then find that you can’t make it – please let me know immediately so that someone else can attend in your place.

To be one of the first to hear about future events, join the UK Sourcers LinkedIn group.

If your business would like to host a UK Sourcers Meetup in 2013, please get in touch with Katharine.

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.


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.

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: #rcnvs Direct Sourcing – Thursday 14th June 2012

If you’re interested in advancing your direct sourcing model, you’ll love the next in the series of Back To Basics events from Reconverse.

Reconverse will be hosting a day on Direct Sourcing in Central London featuring a live-sourcing session from me.
What Reconvese say about the event:

In our unique speed meeting format, delegates will get a chance to meet a number of new suppliers that can help empower your recruiters and rely less on third parties when it comes to finding the passive candidate market.
Then after lunch, the afternoon session will start with an introduction to Sourcing from Katharine Robinson, followed by a live demonstration of what you can do using only Google as a sourcing tool. We encourage delegates to bring along roles they are currently working on in order for Katharine to find you some names and demonstrate the power of real sourcing. Katharine Robinson started out in Internet sourcing with an Executive Search firm; she has also had In-house sourcing experience with Capgemini Consulting. Katharine’s work as a freelance consultant has given her research experience across many industries and roles and we’re delighted to have her along.
We will then break into the round table discussion, where delegates can choose to be as involved as they like. Our round table discussions are now somewhat legendary in the market, having lead to heated discussions, innovative conclusions and real peer to peer learning.

If you need more convincing, here’s a video from a previous event:

Reconverse from Jamie Leonard on Vimeo.