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Kettlebells and the Parallels to Sourcing and Recruiting


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My Introduction to Kettlebell Training

Three years ago I had a bone spur ground out of my right shoulder. I waited longer than I should have to move forward with the surgery because I was getting married and didn’t want my arm in a sling for the wedding photos. My own sense of vanity overrode my common sense, although the pictures did come out great. There was a very intense 3-times-a-day rehab phase where I wondered, “Is this shoulder ever going to regain full motion, and will it ever be the same?” I have been working out for 30 years so not being as strong or active initially was a bummer. The kettlebell turned out to be an experiment that proved to be the solution.

Off I went to Dick’s Sporting Goods where I bought my 16kg Kettlebell (recommended starting weight for most men) and a little DVD. 16kg or 35 lbs., not much for a guy used to incline benching 315lbs in a workout…or so I thought. 45 minutes later I was drenched and promptly lost eight pounds in the first two weeks doing this “simple” “basic” routine. My mental gears went off and began to equate basic with fundamental, which sent me off into some thoughts… “There is something here that feels so much like sourcing/recruiting.” The results were great and I decided to dive deeper, buy some books, begin educating myself, and follow my intuition, which ultimately proved very accurate. (Note to self, don’t overthink things too much.) 

Technology & Resources

Three Recruiting Technologies from CES


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Marie Curie once said,  ”Nothing in life is to be feared.  It is only to be understood.”

Technology is a risk.  From learning to adapt to new wireless devices to software platforms, technology can hinder productivity in its failures and increase performance with its shortcuts.  The dualism that new media offers is enough to make any professional second-guess efficiency and weigh the pros and cons.  How many times have you heard someone’s primal scream echo a few cubicles down, or a litany of expletives over a lost document?  Technology is often given a bad reputation for the sins of its forecreators.

Armed with passion and purpose to find products and innovation that would increase productivity and decrease fear for recruiters, I packed comfortable shoes, exactly eight maps with which to navigate, and set out to Vegas to attend the 2011 Consumer Electronics Expo last month.  

Editor's Corner, Technology & Resources

Why Robots Shouldn’t Replace People In Sourcing


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I read an article from AdAge yesterday titled Why Robots Shouldn’t Replace People For Social Media Monitoring, by Darrell Jursa. The article is summed up brilliantly by this quote from it:

“…algorithms and keyword-searches are not a substitute for social skills.”

We in sourcing roles fight this battle with all of the new tools, resources, and technologies that are introduced on a nearly daily basis in our world. Search aggregation tools, semantic technology, auto-monitoring services like the one mentioned in the AdAge article, these tools are all designed to assist us, not to replace us, in monitoring our audiences and what they are talking about.

Technology & Resources

Home Office Technology Suggestions for Sourcers


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It really helps when you have the right tools for the job at hand.   Yes, we can be creative and draw blood from a turnip occasionally, but would it not be nice to have a shovel to dig a ditch rather than a toothpick?  People in the know consistently evaluate their technology gear to ensure they have the best suite of tools for the work they perform or will be asked to perform in the near future.  I believe you will see some reasons that will support the benefit of having the right tools for your home office. Not necessarily as expensive as some people think, either – there are plenty of free tools out there.

There are three reasons I am performing this ritualistic check – survival, timing, and training.  Survival is driven through adaptation and having what you need, when you need it.  Timing (now) – as the busy season at least comes off peak levels and we prepare to enter the New Year ready to hit the ground running.  Training relates to the time it takes for the user (that’s you the reader) to become comfortable, or at least solidly familiar, with whatever changes you make to your tool set.  All of these three drivers will greatly impact the success of your tool time and help fuel the additional speed you will need to continue to advance yourself.  Who couldn’t benefit from being faster, provided the quality stays at least the same?   Sourcing/Research is “cool”, and for people who want to enter the profession or expand their work location options, here is some information to get you started. 

Industry News, Technology & Resources

Google “Wave”s Goodbye


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At 2pm Pacific time today, Google posted on its official blog that it would discontinue developing Wave as a stand-alone product. It states however that it “will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects.” Google says that “Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked.”

Many in the sourcing and recruiting community made attempts to develop Wave into candidate communities and spread the word – like the LinkedIn group called “Google Wave for Recruiting!“. This is not unlike the exponential rise in popularity of niche Ning communities for recruiting purposes. Just take a look at the number of professional communities to tap for candidates on Ning just by doing a simple “inurl:ning inurl:professionals” search – nearly 3,000 results.

Editor's Corner

Sourcing and Plato’s Cave Allegory


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Plato was was a Classical Greek philosopher, mathematician, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. I was recently pointed to a work of his called the Allegory of the Cave. This writing of Plato’s originally appeared in his work titled The Republic and discusses our view of reality as seen through ‘shadows’ vs. ‘real form”:

Plato imagines a group of people who have lived chained in a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall by things passing in front of a fire behind them, and begin to ascribe forms to these shadows. According to Plato, the shadows are as close as the prisoners get to seeing reality. He then explains how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall are not constitutive of reality at all, as he can perceive the true form of reality rather than the mere shadows seen by the prisoners.

I believe this allegory has modern-day application to the work we as Internet researchers and sourcers do, and indeed, to the way we actually do our jobs. Its original intent was political in nature, desiring to shed some light (no pun intended) on justice and truth, and to show how people’s perception of truth was widely varied based on what limited information they may have been exposed to. But this thought process I believe can be applied to our approach to sourcing, especially given our affinity to stay firmly loyal to a certain set of resources or methods of research.