SourceCon 2012 Atlanta – the Biggest SourceCon Ever!

It’s official. The SourceCon event at the Georgia Aquarium on Feb 9 & 10 will be the biggest event ever, with more attendees than any other SourceCon! What that really means, other than proof that Atlanta is the center of the sourcing universe [sorry Seattle ;)], is that attendees will have more opportunity to network with, share best practices, and … Read More

What is Your Talent Sourcing ROI?

Anything worth doing is worth measuring, and sourcing isn’t exempt from this. If you want to know which method of sourcing has the highest ROI in terms of enabling a person to find more of the right people more quickly, then you’re in luck – because that’s what this post is about. Human capital data comes in many forms – … Read More

Talent Sourcing: Man vs. AI/Black Box Semantic Search

Back in March 2010, I had the distinct honor of delivering the keynote presentation at SourceCon on the topic of resume search and match solutions claiming to use artificial intelligence in comparison with people using their natural intelligence for talent discovery and identification. Now that nearly 2 years has passed, and given that in that time I’ve had even more hands-on … Read More

Big Data, Data Science and Moneyball Recruiting

With each passing day, an increasing amount of data is being generated and transmitted by and about more people than ever before. At Google’s 2010 Atmosphere convention, Google CEO Eric Schmidt stated that “There were 5 Exabytes of information created between the dawn of civilization through 2003, but that much information is now created every 2 days.” In case you were wondering, … Read More

How to Find and Identify Active Job Seekers on LinkedIn

I’ve received a few inquiries over the past month regarding how to find active job seekers on LinkedIn. This isn’t something I do, nor have I ever tried to do it, so I didn’t have any read-made search suggestions for these folks. I don’t recruit people because they are looking to make a move – I recruit people based on … Read More

How to Search Google Plus to Find People by Location

Would you like to find people on Google+? How about find people on Google+ that live in a specific area? If you answered “Yes!” to the above questions, you’ve come to the right place. I will walk you through the problems with Find People on Plus and Google’s own Google+ search before I show you something I’ve been tinkering with … Read More

Why Sourcing is Superior to Posting Jobs for Talent

Posting a job online is perhaps the first action most companies take to attract talent when they have an opening. However, posting jobs in an attempt to attract qualified talent has many intrinsic flaws, and here are the top 4 in my opinion: Posting jobs a passive strategy Posting jobs offers no control over candidate qualifications Job advertisements only attract candidates who are actively … Read More

Sourcing is an Investigative and Iterative Process

When I see a strong interest in a “Top 10” or “Top 25” list of Boolean search strings, it becomes clear to me that a disconnect can exist between wanting something that solves a problem (a search string to find candidates) and the ability to create something that solves a problem. While there is undoubtedly value in a list of … Read More