Source on! Day 2 @SourceCon Anaheim 2016
Finding what cannot be found
Our CEO Daniel Marwan is blogging about his experiences at SourceCon Anaheim. He met search authority Dean Da Costa and he learned why recruiters sometimes fail so bad (and how not to be one of them).
After a very intense and awesome first day at sourcecon and still suffering from a jet lag, not even a triple cheeseburger and a king-sized double peanut butter cup pancake could bring me back to life. I was already sleeping at 8 p.m. At least that’s what I thought – colleagues told me afterwards, that I was still sitting at 8.30 with them in the restaurant talking about what of the things that blew our mind are we going to bring back to our “old“ life. Can’t remember, though.
However, at 5 a.m. I was back on track – couldn’t wait for the new insights we’re going to face: It all started with a presentation called „…why do recruiters suck so bad“ – could you imagine having such a title on a European conference agenda? I couldn’t, it is really interesting how open people deal with failure (there was also another session called: „learn from my mistakes“), even it was their personal one. That is definitely a main thing we’re gonna bring back: create a corporate culture for sharing mistakes & lessons learned. And don’t keep learnings and knowledge in general private. We need a “open source“ culture on how to fail (I’m sure I will hear that in Silicon Valley again – isn’t that one of valleys‘ ingredients?, so let’s already write it down here).
MacGuyver of recruiting - Dean Da Costa
Later on I gained many interesting inputs during the roundtable discussions on competitive intelligence, intakes (it’s not an intake, it is a strategy session) and finally I got the chance to snatch a seat at Dean Da’Costa’s tool session – what an amazing guy, I would call him MacGuyver of recruiting. Shows you how to get email addresses of 100 linkedIn profiles within 5 minutes, just using 2 simple tools. Do you need to be a hacker to fulfil future expectations on sourcers? I don’t know, probably it will help. The good thing: Everybody can see him live, just enter „Dean Da Costa“ on youtube, and you can see various videos about him solving problems for example this one about sourcing lesser known sites.
Facebook or google image search for recruiting?
Going back from Sourcecon, we have to admit it was definitely an experience we will never forget. We have to keep in mind, though, that it was the “creme de la creme“ of sourcing that we met here – and what we saw doesn’t reflect the “normal” behavior of an American recruiter. I don’t think that the average sourcer or recruiter in the united states acts much differently than this one in Europe. What is different here is, that there is a sense for “excellence”, people meet and they openly share their insights and experience for the mutual benefit. It is definitely an example for “wisdom of the crowd“ coming from an open source attitude. We have to copy that approach.
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