UK Sourcers News – April 2012

UK Sourcers is back with a new website!

I started UK Sourcers in 2009. I think I finally have the time to show the project the love it deserves. I have started by putting together this brand new blog. I have imported a few of the best posts from the old UK Sourcers Posterous here to keep things all in one place.

You can get regular updates about Sourcing, both finding and attracting talent online via Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook too 🙂

Search Engine News

Google Search Changes: Symbols, Profiles, Geo Data And More – From the SourceCon blog.
Blekko’s Traffic Is Up Almost 400 Percent; Here Are The CEO’s Five Reasons Why – From Search Engine Land


We have had some great events in April.

Reconverse hosted a great event on Mobile Recruiting. Take a look the results of their mobile recruiting survey. If you’ve not thought about how mobile should fit into your candidate sourcing and attraction strategy, maybe it’s time to now. The event also inspired this blog post from James Mayes – have you ever thought about using Wi-Fi for recruitment?

Social Media In Recruitment from Web Based Recruitment, saw large numbers gather for the fourth year in a row. Lots of past attendees were back to tell how they had implemented the use of Social Media within their teams and businesses. I’d recommend following all the speakers on Twitter.

The FIRM hosted another great event, this time focused on Cost Effective Resourcing. They have also announced a whole series of events coming up soon for In-house recruiters.

Coming up on 1st May we have Recruiting Through Social Media from Recruitment International. I will be there talking about how I used Social Media with Capgemini Consulting. You can also read more about that on my blog.

We also heard that Social Media Week will be running again in London this September. Keep an eye on #smwldn on Twitter for news as it happens.


I sometimes spot people looks for jobs or people looking to hire recruiters on Twitter. This month we have opportunities for:

A white collar construction Recruiter for @OysterPartners – See the tweet

Sourcing Across The Pond

The Current and Future State of Talent Sourcing – An in depth piece from Glen Cathey, Boolean Black Belt.
The Next SourceCon event has been announced – It will take place in Dallas in September

Cool Tools

Buffer App – A nifty tool I’m trying out for scheduling tweets after hearing so many good things about it at the Social Media In Recruitment conference. – A tool built in the UK for accessing Twitter on your mobile phone, great if you don’t have a smartphone. Read more about what Dabr is from one of its creators, James Whatley.
Maddle – Recommended at Social Media In Recruitment this week for getting your careers site mobile friendly very fast. Find out more about this Netherland’s based startup in this video from the guys at mRecruitingcamp.

I hope you found this news roundup useful – if you have anything you’d like me to include in future, do let me know.

Three Stages Of Internet Talent Sourcing

A lot of people ask me about managing my sourcing activity online. It can be so easy to get distracted when you are working on the Internet, especially when Social Media is involved.

I find it helps to have a somewhat systematic approach to my day-to-day sourcing in order to keep it manageable and relevant.

I break it into three phases;



It is important to map out your talent landscape before you go out looking for anybody. You might want to map information about;

  • Target companies
  • Events
  • News Sites
  • Social Media
  • Much more…


This is the fun part! Using the information that you gathered while mapping out where your talent might be found you can start some systematic searching. The people you identify through searching will then help you add to your mapping and give you more to explore later.


So that you don’t have to constantly repeat the search phase, use monitoring tools to bring any new results directly to you. You could;

  • sign up for email newsletters
  • use Google Alerts to have new search results sent straight to your inbox or RSS reader
  • subscribe to blogs
  • use social search sites like Social Mention or IceRocket to get alerts just from Social Network sites
  • follow people and companies on various social media sites.

If you too suffer from email overload, you might want to consider setting up an RSS reader. I use Google Reader. An RSS reader allows you to subscribe to feeds (news, blogs, google alerts) and have all that information brought into one place.

Then… Begin again.

Each phase above can inform the one before. As you search you will continually be presented with more information to add to your mapping. The information that you get through monitoring will also inform you mapping. Your monitoring may not continue to be relevant – you may need to go back and adjust saved searches and cancel subscriptions that do not yield helpful insights.

I talked in more detail about these three phases of Internet Sourcing in my Beyond The CV presentation at the Social Media In Recruitment conference on 7th April 2011.

How do you search systematically?


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