The Silent Assassins
I went to The UK Sourcers event today, created and managed by @TheSourceress aka katherine Robinson . Katherine had secured Mind Candy in London as the meeting destination. For those who are unaware of Mind Candy, they are an online gaming company for 6-12 year olds. They have had phenomenal success since their inception in 2004 with approximately 65 million registered users worldwide. To give you an idea of the environment in which our meeting took place, the reception desk is a tree trunk, the floor mimics grass and the bar area, yes, the bar area has a selection of fruit hanging from the walls. Needless to say it is a creative environment. I have been in the recruitment industry for 15 years and have ample experience of headhunting and online sourcing, however nothing prepared me for what I was about to witness. It was like being in a room of magicians and all of them were breaking their code of practice by revealing their dark art. Although I should point out that we all swore to secrecy so I can’t relay any of these ‘bunny in hat’ moments, you’ll just have to ask Katherine if you can attend the next event. I never realised how many secret sourcing tools were available to recruiters and these guys really knew their stuff, no doubt about it, I was impressed. These are tools that every recruiter or in-house team should know, but I would be willing to bet my iPad that they don’t. I always thought that sourcing was about cold calling and using pseudonym’s to get past the gate keeper, but oh boy was l wrong. Sourcing has moved on a lot since my day as a headhunter, helped mainly by the rise of digital and social media. Apart from sharing my own knowledge and skills my main reason for being part of this event was to see how some of these techniques could be integrated into our platform Plugin Recruiter. I asked the group if they felt any one technology had successfully aggregated search results from all the different channels into something more manageable, a resounding ‘no’ was the response. Another said ‘yer Google’. I may not have found the answers to my own questions but what I did find was a great deal of respect for the silent assassins, digging up candidates that no headhunter or job board could possibly find. I learnt that used properly technology allows you to avoid the gate keeper altogether. If you are working in the sourcing area either as an agency or in-house recruiter, I would strongly recommend you contact Katherine to see if she is prepared to unveil some of her magic tricks to you and your team. If you want to contact Katherine direct you can do so via her Linkedin profile uk.linkedin.com/in/katharinerobinson or via Twitter as mentioned at the beginning of this article.
Posted on Monday, September 10th 2012