Today, LinkedIn announced that mobile photo sharing will be rolled out to all users over the next few weeks. If you’ve been following LinkedIn updates in recent years, you’ll probably remember that LinkedIn started allowing users to upload photos last year. The new update will allow users to share photos from Android, iOS or the mobile web.
If you’re a sourcer thinking about this headline you might start having an anxiety attack, sweating profusely, talking like Porky Pig, or begin planning how to get out of your current contract in order to avoid the phone.
Fear not, true believers! This is something that you have experience with already. It’s called… communication. You’ve been doing it your whole life since you could talk and believe it or not, it’s been with people that you’ve never spoken to before. Of course, as we grow older from our childhood into adults, there are seemingly more roadblocks, timing issues, and weird personalities to deal with.
But really, it still boils down to a simple exchange of information between two people.
Are you wrapping up your week and wondering what you missed? Below is a summary of what happened in the recruiting and sourcing world this week, as reported by SourceCon, ERE.net, and The Fordyce Letter.
Editor’s note: There are new readers discovering SourceCon all of the time. With that in mind, we run popular posts from past years on occasion to highlight some of our older (but still great!) content.
I wrote an article awhile back titled, “Anyone Can Learn the ‘Art’ of Sourcing.” Although the main point I wanted to make was that sourcing isn’t all that mysterious or difficult, and that it can be taught and learned with a strong interest to do so and access to proper training and guidance, the post drew some comments and sparked a mini-debate on Twitter over whether or not sourcing and recruiting are more heavily based upon “science” or “art.” I’ve also found that a good number of people seem to think that the “art” of recruiting can’t be taught.
As expected, opinions will vary widely. However, I believe it is critical when examining this controversy that ”science” and “art” be defined. I’ve found that many people struggle to explain exactly what they mean when they say “sourcing is 60% art.” Without a common understanding of the terms involved, there is a danger of misinterpretation down to the semantic level, which can seriously hinder any productive discussion.
In 2011, Gartner® released a report predicting that by 2015, 50% of organizations would seek to gamify marketing processes. This same report also predicted that by 2014, 70% of Global 2000 companies would have at least one gamified application (Gartner, 2011).
Today, almost all companies leverage some sort of gamification technology on their website whether visitors notice or not. Gamification includes trivia contests, scavenger hunts, profile ratings and reward systems for participation used to engage a target audience for a specific purpose. A major pioneer for gamification was eBay®, with their highly interactive rating and comment system which has allowed both buyers to rate sellers and sellers to rate buyers.
SourceCon.QA launched earlier this year at the spring SourceCon conference in Atlanta. Since then, over 100 questions have received more than 400 answers from the sourcing community. The beauty of the SourceCon.QA site is that the community votes on the best questions and answers. So, according to the community, who are the most helpful sourcers on the site? Below is a list of the top 10.
About.me, the popular web hosting service that allows users to link multiple online identities into one visually appealing online profile, has announced new a new search interface. The new interface is simple and requires no advanced knowledge of Boolean search.
Users simply type an interest, place, organization, or name into the search box and press enter. Variables can then be added or subtracted from each search until the users have the desired set of results.
SourceCon readers tend to be early adopters of technology. Because of this, most of us have logged into numerous social networks and recruiting technology startups over the years in the hunt for the perfect candidate to fill our requisitions. Right now, as time-consuming as this may sound, it’s important for all of us to make sure we change our passwords in light of the Heartbleed Bug. The SourceCon and ERE servers have not been affected directly by the bug, but other sites you use probably have been.
What is the Heartbleed Bug?
Do you recruit and source in Asia? If so, you’re in luck. The Social Talent team has created a video which explains the top resources to help you find the right candidates in Asia.
The video covers the most popular sites currently being used in Asia, including: Tencent, Renren (a Chinese copy of Facebook), Weibo (the Asian equivalent of Twitter) and WeChat (Asia’s most popular instant messaging site).