Sourcing For Good: Preston Peery

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Sourcers Helping Sourcers

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In the beginning of 2015, the engineering sector in Houston was hit hard with layoffs. Even Recruiters like myself were not safe as several of the engineering recruiters at our agency were sudden laid off. I was shocked, disappointed, angry, and I didn’t know which way to turn…so I turned to the Sourcing Community. One individual in particular, Preston Peery (who I had only spoken on the phone briefly prior), provided me an expansive list of eight different contacts who hired for Sourcers and Recruiters. I was blown away! I never expected an expansive list a few days after it all went down. I’ll never forget the thoughtfulness and generosity he showed that day. Being laid off from any organization can bring a wide array of emotions, but that glimmer of light is sometimes the push we need to transition into the positive. Read more about Greg’s transition here.

Greg Hawkes is a Strategic Talent Sourcer, Speaker, Author, and Founder of the HRSourcingToolbox. He has worked as both a Technical Recruiter and Sourcing Analyst for healthcare, engineering, biotechnology, manufacturing and many other industries. He has been in the recruitment field for over 10 years, and got into heavy sourcing and headhunting back in 2012. He is an ongoing contributor to SourceCon – with topics ranging from Site Searches and CSEs, to Deep Dives andURL Sourcing. While preparing to speak at SourceCon 2017, he built the HRSourcingToolbox with a large inventory of Free Recruitment and Sourcing Tools. He has recently joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as a Strategic Sourcer and loving every minute of it! He is a huge fan of emerging technologies and Boolean Syntax and always willing to share a technique or hack to find the elusive purple squirrel.

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