(TLDR Method for SourceCon success = bring gifts to bribe the audience)
It’s amazing how quickly an hour flies by when you’re terrified. Now that it’s done and dusted I can’t believe I was that scared, but a few minutes before I was set to present, I was no nervous I struggled to hold a pen to write my name. Hell, I was so nervous I nearly forgot my own name: The name’s Marren, Wartin Marren.
Thank goodness that once I got started, it all played out how it had in my head – minus the crowd in their underpants. I started off like a kid at show-and-tell, giving away a few Aussie icons (TimTams, VB and Vegemite) and slipping in a few Australianisms. The recipient of my jar of Vegemite was so overwhelmed with excitment, she nearly jumped onto the stage; I wonder if she will be that excited once she tastes it.
Unfortunately (or fortunately) I only had one can of VB to share with the 300+ strong group, take a sip and pass it on.
Oh, so back to my presentation- Optimize your Sourcing Strategy by Building a Mind Map.
Based on the interaction and the questions from the audience, they really got into the idea of not only having a strategy, but formalising your strategy on paper. By being able to present a visual representation of you strategy and market intel to your key stakeholders, you gain greater credibility and influence with hiring managers and candidates alike, vital for being a successful modern day sourcers. My overarching theme was that sourcing is both a SCIENCE and an ART, you need both for success.
Highlights from Day One
There were so many highlights from Day One. Here were my key takeaways:
- Sourcing 2.O is here now- where sourcing has evolving into marketing
- Engagement is king! Be different. No broadcasting, be authentic and personal
- Many of the repetitive sourcing tasks are either being automated or have been automated
- Sourcing leaders are getting better at demonstrating the ROI to their stakeholders
- Current sourcing technology, if used productively and executed correctly is a game changer
- Metrics are critical to demonstrate your ROI
- Sourcing leaders are still trying to figure out what are the best metrics to measure sourcers and what defines success
- More sourcers are now undertaking the engagement piece of the recruitment process, with more and more closing candidates
- In some teams, where sourcing and recruiting functions were separate, they’re now merging and leveraging off each other.
- LinkedIn remains dominate, as the no. 1 channel / tool being used
- The hard core sourcers are even more hard core doing amazing things to scape data from the net (all legal of course!)
- Watson knows everything about YOU!