Sourcing in Australia

A growth area for both agency recruiters and internal functions is that of sourcing and over the last few years the availability of tools to source candidates have changed dramatically. A decade ago to undertake the sourcing of a hard to find candidate involved a lots of phone calls and a really good contact list. While in 2011 the same holds true the internet has provided sourcers with a massive database of potential candidates. The rise of search engines and social media may have made us lose our memory but they have also given rise to the role of the internet sourcer.

Usage of boolean search, LinkedIn and other social media sites have made it easier than ever to proactively find candidates. For many of you this will not come as a surprise.

What might be of interest is a small conference I am speaking at in August, Finders Keepers, put on by my friends at ATC. Finders Keepers will have several international speakers in attendance, in fact the speakers list reads like a Who’s Who of sourcers; with internationals such as Glen Cathey (Boolean BlackBelt), Jim Stoud, Kevin Wheeler, Bill Boorman, and locals Ross Clennett, Martin Warren, and Andrea Mitchell. I will be doing a half day workshop with Jim Stoud looking at “How to Find the Hidden Talent Your Competition Overlooked”.

While the act of building a half day workshop with someone from the other side of the world is interesting enough, I suspect trying to keep up with Jim will be the hardest part of the session. If you have no idea who Jim is, watch the video below and you will see what I mean.

If you are interested in sourcing and where it is at in Australia get along and attend.

Long time between drinks

Well a long time between blog posts.

Why the break? Lots of reasons too many to list really.

Anyways.

Today I am preparing to judge the Fairfax Employment Media Awards, while I am not (and can’t) mention specific enteries some observations:

  • Big corporate’s are always big corporate’s in everything they do, PowerPoint anyone?
  • Recruitment Advertising Agencies love to be creative, in everything they do, I mean everything! I will need new printer cartridges after this.
  • If you submit to enough categories you are more likely to win something!
  • If you submit enough entries to the same category you are more likely to be able to claim to be “The Best….”

Anyway better go back to reviewing the Best Small Recruitment Firm submissions.