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.

RecruitTECH September 2009

On September 18 in Canberra I will be speaking at RecruitTECH with a host of other people. What is RecruitTECH?

The RecruitTECH conference will provide delegates with an insight into the future of recruitment and how technology will increasingly impact upon the sourcing of employees in coming years.

Themes to be covered during the conference include:  the use of social media (eg. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn), user-generated content, the distributed workforce, the evolution of recruitment advertising, the use of employer-branded career sites, and the trend towards Software as a Service (SaaS).

My contribution will be about social media in the workplace, other speakers include:

  • Laurel Papworth
  • Stephen Collins
  • Ross Clennett
  • Brett Iredale
  • Geoff Jennings
  • Kelly Magowan
  • Thomas Shaw
  • Kate Sykes
  • Phillip Tusing
  • Riges Younan
  • Clayton Wehner

Registration is only $299 with a maximum of 75 people, so book early to make sure you are not disappointed.

ATC Summary

Over the last few days I have published a number of posts summarising the sessions at ATC that I attended. However I wanted to pull together an overall summary of my thoughts from the event. This was my first ATC, mainly as I had now been in the position to attend before due to my previous corporate life which was a pity as I think attending in previous years would have been good. Well no point looking back let’s look forward.

First question was ATC worth the money? Yes. Even in the light of this GFC thing.

So what did I get out of the event to justify my expense?

  • Attending the sessions, while not all were good I took something from most of them. I could not say which was the best session, they were all different.
  • Meeting other Australian commentators such as Phillip Tusing, Jo Knox for the first time.
  • Catching up with Russell Kronenburg from Pacific Brands over lunch on the first learning in detail about some of their social media activities. They are doing awesome stuff!
  • Hallway time with the US speakers, most of whom I had never met in person, such as Master Burnett, Dr John Sullivan, Kevin Wheeler, Gerry Crispin, Charles Handler, and Sue Polo.
  • Having several business, dinner and social engagements organised with Master Burnett, Kevin Wheeler and Gerry Crispin for when I am in San Francisco for the Social Recruiting Summit next month. None of which would have been possible without ATC.
  • Catching up with locals like Riges Younan, Ross Clennett, Phillip Tusing, and the boys from Happener.
  • Meeting Belinda and Danielle from Buchan and chatting about marketing and PR, Daneille joined a number of us for dinner one night.
  • Meeting the Deloitte’s team (James Elliott and Tanyth Lloyd) and many other Australian organisations who are doing exciting things.
  • Chatting with Karen Cariss and Simon Cariss from PageUp People, Simon for the first time.

So as normal with these types of events, the sessions are good but it is the networking that makes it valuable.

If you are in any form of talent management, sourcing or a corporate recruiter and you did not attend shame. For transactional 3rd party recruiters I can see limited value, but if you are a 3rd party recruiter who wants to be ahead of the competition again shame you did not attend.

Another final comment there were several sponsor sessions most were traditional let’s try and sell you on our product. The PageUp session was different. PageUp approached their slot with an attitude of let’s inform the audience about something, virtually unrelated to their product but important to the audience, Twitter. The result was after the session their stand was the busiest of any of the stands over the two days, other than Hudson where we all went for good coffee.

Next Year: Yes.

JobSeekr are you one?

Over the last few months one of the side projects I have been working on is JobSeekr.  The idea come about while working with Jeremy Samuel and Riges Younan on their products 2Vouch and JobGenie. While 2Vouch and JobGenie are focused on finding the best people for a role we recognised that there was not a good place for job seekers to go to learn about how to find a job. (Other than of course the multitude of job board.)

So we built JobSeekr.

The vision for JobSeekr is a little different.

The idea is that trying to find a job can be a very lonely and testing time, every job seeker needs help. JobSeekr will allow people to come together share tips and hints on how to find a job along with some specialised services. We have engaged the support of some of Australia’s top recruiters, personal branding consultants and commentators who will all be contributing content to the site.  The first two have been Ross Clennett and Dan Nuroo, with a series from Annemarie Cross coming up soon.

Right now the site contains content to help job seekers find a job, however as JobSeekr has been built on WordPress Multiuser with Buddypress it is a complete multiuser blogging platform and social network. We have the ability to provide job seekers their own blogs, arrange their own events, groups and hang out in the discussion forum.

There is lots more to do on the site (yes it is beta) but we have opened it to the public as we felt there is enough content there today to start adding value to job seekers.

Talking with the Recruiting Animal

Yesterday I was lucky (or unlucky depending on your point of view) to be invited onto the Recruiting Animal Show.

The Recruiting Animal is Michael Kelemen from Canada. Michael holds a weekly live show for people to call in to talk recruiting.

I was on the show with Australian recruiters Dan Naroo, and Ross Clennett. There were others from across the pond but they don’t really count now do they :-).