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Sourcing News and Knowledge – Beyond the Obvious


Technology & Resources

Do You Have a Sourcing Elf? by @arron_daniels


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elf memeI have used my Archively account for a while now, but I logged into my account last week to add some profiles of interest and noticed something different. There seem to have been a few “elves” working on my profiles while I was away.

Challenges

Round 1 of the 2015 SourceCon Sourcing Challenge Launches Today


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The SourceCon Challenge is one of the most fun parts of being involved in the SourceCon community. Today, I’m excited to announce the first round of the 2015 SourceCon Challenge. Below is what you need to know about part one of the SourceCon Grand Master Challenge online qualifying event.

Conferences

#SourceCon Attendees: What Do You Carry With You At Events?


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SourceCon spring is here! When people see me at events, they often ask what I’m carrying in the humongous backpack I seldom part with. I took a photo this morning so I could glance at it at the end of the conference to make sure I wasn’t forgetting anything (which is a common problem). In case you were wondering, here’s what the SourceCon editor totes around during events :).

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Webinars

Webinar: Boolean is not an Alien Language


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Are you baffled by Boolean? We’re here to help. Let Captain Kirk (aka Kevin Walters) and Mr Spock (aka Aaron Lintz) unravel the mysteries for you.

Put simply, Boolean search allows users to combine keywords with operators such as AND, NOT, and OR to produce more relevant results. It can be a powerful tool for sourcers and recruiters in speeding up searches and also generating more specific results that will quickly help you to locate information about the right candidates.

Conferences

How to Create Sourcing Strategy to Hire Top Talent at an Event by @MrTalentSourcer


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Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 9.42.20 AMAs recruiters, we all have stories of successful and not so successful career events. Consistently hiring top talent at career events doesn’t have to be a fluke if you have a well-defined sourcing strategy in place.

I’m going to highlight some of my best practices for sourcing before, during, and after a career event. My practices are a combination of the tried and true basic networking skills that you’d expect out of any successful recruiter to leveraging innovative ways of identifying and engaging the most sought after talent.

Industry News

LinkedIn Announces 3 New Updates to LinkedIn Recruiter and Professional Services Products


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Earlier today, LinkedIn announced several updates to their Recruiter and Professional Services products. Here’s a brief rundown of the updates for those of you who have access to these tools.

1) LinkedIn Insights was first described by Wade Burgess on the main stage at LinkedIn Talent Connect in October of 2014. It will help users understand the talent that is available for a specific candidate profile based on search parameters provided by the user. If one receives a new job order or requisition and wants to know how many candidates actually exist that fit the profile before committing to a time frame with the hiring manager, this tool will help. If the candidate pool is too small, users can change parameters to broaden the search. For years, savvy talent acquisition professionals have been doing this manually and using the information to influence hiring managers. LinkedIn Insights will simplify the process and provide recruiters with visual aids to help them with hiring manager discussions.

Conferences

Meet the Speaker Series: Brendan Browne of LinkedIn


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#SourceCon Meet the Speaker Series

The spring SourceCon conference is less than one week away! Our guest today is Brendan Browne of LinkedIn.

Technology & Resources

Recruiters – It’s Time to Embrace Your Inner Troll by @7Recruiter #SXSW #SXSWi


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Editor’s Note: ERE’s Joshua Jones spent this week at SXSW Interactive in Austin where he was playing with new technology and mixing with those who create it. 

Toxic culture can wreck a company and it can kill employees. Like carbon monoxide it can sometimes be undetectable until it’s too late. But what if there was a way to monitor this threat? Like those canaries miners used to take with them into the coal mines?

Enter Geoff Pitfield, Founder at Canary Mobile Development. His company has developed a new app that seems to be an echo of that other app, Whisper, if Whisper catered to people with jobs, and bills to pay, and student loans . . . you know . . . if it catered to adults.

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What do #SXSW, Startup Biz Dev, & Sourcing have in Common? by @7Recruiter


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Editor’s Note: ERE’s Joshua Jones spent this week at SXSW Interactive in Austin where he was playing with new technology and mixing with those who create it. 

Last weekend I had the opportunity to catch up with Anand Chopra-McGowan, head of enterprise of new markets at General Assembly, after he delivered a popular SXSW session called “How to Get to the First Meeting.” During his presentation, Chopra-McGowan shared the methods used by him and his team when they try to make headway with large organizations. He and his group have sold services to an assortment of fortune 100 companies and they have a proven track record of making sales that other teams may have found impossible.

Tactical Sourcing

The Ultimate Guide to Sourcing and Recruiting on Facebook in 2015 by @thecandidategen


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The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change

― Heraclitus

Facebook has moved to a KISS model, “Keep It Simple Stupid.” Search has been made “easier” but as sourcing and recruiting professionals that are used to the ease of LinkedIn and the Facebook Search Filters, the change is difficult (it shouldn’t be difficult).

My soapbox on the current state of sourcing:

Sourcers (and recruiters who source) have been conditioned to expect that when we press the buttons or use the filters we get the candidates we want. We don’t want to have to work too hard. We have lost the art of sourcing. There are only a handful of people in our industry who are still masters of the art of sourcing and what they offer is still important / critical to any organization.