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!

Are You Just Starting Out As A Sourcer In The UK?

Examining CloudsI’ve been approached a few times in 2012 by folks just starting out as Sourcers, Resourcers or Executive Researchers (a rose by any other name?).

I thought I would put together the advice I’ve shared with them (and some extras) here:

By far the best way to learn is to JUST DO IT! Everyone has a different style of sourcing, we’re all sourcing for different kinds of candidates and what works for one person will be useless for another. So just get stuck in!

I learned the most by joining Twitter and it still helps me learn new things most days. It’s a great place ask questions as well as network with people in both the recruitment industry and the niche you are sourcing in. Feel free to follow me if you join. If I don’t follow straight back and welcome you – please bug me!

Feel free to meet me for coffee – always happy to have my brains picked by new sourcers. You might choose to work with me too.

Tools and Resources

Take a look at the Useful Tools page on the UK Sourcers site. There’s everything there from in depth guides and custom search engines to Twitter search tools.

I’d also recommend joining the UK Sourcers LinkedIn Group where I’m happy to answer any sourcing questions if you’re struggling with a tricky assignment.

Events

Keep an eye on the information coming out of these events in 2012 and try to attend if you can.

The Social Recruiting Conference
Crexia hosts the fourth Social Recruiting Conference in London on 28th June. This is a thought-leading Social Media in Recruiting conference, with case studies.
Follow on Twitter: @crexia and #srconf
Twitter chat every Wednesday: #srchat

#Tru Events – 2012
The Recruiting Unconference. You get out of these events what you put in and if you come armed with questions then there will be someone there to answer them. There is always a sourcing track on the bill. #TruLondon has already happened this year (I hear there might be another one in September) and it looks like #TruLeeds is soon to be anounced for July.
Follow tweets from this event: #TruLondon #TruLeeds

The Talent Sourcing Conference – 23rd August 2012
The first conference event in the UK to be dedicated exclusively to the topic of sourcing.
More info here: http://talentsourcing.eventbrite.com/

SourceCon – 20th & 21st September 2012
The original Sourcing conference will be back again in the Autumn, this time in Texas. Not always accessible to us on our side of the pond, but there is always a healthy stream of tweets from attendees and SourceCon often provide a live-stream of the event so that we can watch online.
Lots of great info on the blog, all from top sourcers: http://sourcecon.com
Follow on Twitter: @SourceCon and #SourceCon

The Onrec Conference & Exhibition – 4th October 2012
This year’s event focuses on how to harness the power of online recruitment, and the latest thinking in how to make full use of the UK’s online recruitment opportunities. Of particular interest to budding sourcers will be Laura Stoker from AIRS – the USA’s primary sourcing training provider.
Follow on Twitter: @Onrec

People to follow and learn from

Amybeth Hale (USA):
Amybeth was my introduction to sourcing. She’s been behind the SourceCon events and website for the past couple of years but has recently started a new Sourcing gig with Microsoft.
Blog: researchgoddess.com
Twitter: @researchgoddess

Andy Headworth (UK):
I learn new things from Andy all the time – he also asks me really difficult sourcing questions that I often can’t answer! He runs Sirona Consulting and mainly helps recruitment teams use Social Media more effectively.
Blog: Sirona Says
Twitter: @andyheadworth

Bill Boorman (UK):
Bill is the man behind #Tru and a font of knowledge about all things social recruiting. He’s a pretty good sourcer too! He’s especially good at new ideas.
Blog: Norton Folgate
Twitter: @BillBoorman

Glen Cathey (USA):
A sourcing legend from the USA. Glen is particularly skilled in searching LinkedIn – his blog posts are very in depth and thorough.
Blog: Boolean Black Belt
Twitter: @GlenCathey

Irena Shamaeve (USA):
Irena’s knowledge of Boolean search is legendary in the world of Sourcing.
Blog: Boolean Strings Blog
Boolean Strings Community: on Ning and on LinkedIn

Jim Stroud (USA):
Jim is a prolific blogger and video maker – he makes fantastic sourcing training resources.
Watch: The Jim Stroud Show
Circle Jim: On Google Plus

I hope you find this useful. If you have any other questions or you’d like to meet up, then do contact me or leave a comment on this post.

Happy Sourcing! 🙂

Image by katerha on Flickr

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!

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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

Over 1500 UK Recruitment Related Twitter Accounts Listed

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Back when I first started using Twitter as @UKSourcers, I set out to find as many recruitment related Twitter accounts in the UK as I could. This was to include those that identified as part of recruitment, head hunting, executive search, sourcing, resourcing, job boards and HR. No small task, and I’m sure there’s a lot I have missed. 

It was not long before I realised that Twitter puts a limit on the number of people you can add to a single list. A Twitter list is capped at 500 accounts. 

Last week I had to start a 4th incarnation of the “UK Recruiter Types” list because I found my 1500th UK Recruitment related Twitter account.

If you would be interested in seeing all the accounts I have found – see my lists on Twitter:

I have found it a great way to see how different companies and individuals are using the tool, as well as gaining their attention. Feel free to follow my lists on Twitter.

If I have missed listing you – please let me know 🙂

Katharine
@TheSourceress 

Image thanks to Twitter Mosaic.

UK Opportunities Spotted on Twitter in March

-"You crunch the numbers, I'll crunch the birdseed"

People looking for work, do you have something for them?

C Sharp/Visual Basic developer – Thames Valley

Experienced intranet community leader – Midlands

Tech PM, formerly with at ITV – London

Catering, Hospitality, Retail – Reading

Resourcing Professional – London

Global HR, Change & Talent Management consultant – London

Opportunities for UK Recruitment Types:

Consultant/Senior consultant – Hanson Search, London

Recruiters at all levels – Provide, London

HR Director – Birmingham

Recruitment Researcher – Brighton

Social Media Recruitment Projects – UK

HR Advisor – Bedfordshire

Talent Acquisition/Development Manager & an In-house Sourcer/Recruiter – Wonga.com, London

Talent Sourcer – TheLadders.co.uk

In-house Recruiters – Buckinghamshire

Professional Services recruiters – accross the UK (£1000 intro paid)

Experienced oil & gas recruiter – North London

What do you think of this roundup? Is it useful? Please let me know 🙂

Katharine
@TheSourceress 

Image by JunCTionS on Flickr

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: