SourceCon in California: Find and engage top talent
Learn from the best! 5 epunkt employees are now in Anaheim, California to learn about new trends and sourcing tactics from the SourceCon community. This conference is among the pemier place for strategies to make your sourcing faster, with better results. Our CEO Daniel Marwan is blogging about this unique event.
You know you are in America…
- When you order a cup of coffee, get a 0,5l mug and still see the ground
- When you are at a conference and they play „eye of the tiger“ while a speaker is entering the stage
- When you feel you have hundreds of friends, but actually don’t know anyone at all.
Our first day at SourceCon has ended and we had an amazing experience. Everything is so different than we do it back home in Austria. It’s not just about the content. Speaking here is considered as a profession, therefore speaker see it as their job to make a presentation interesting and entertaining. So even if there is a presentation with little content, you have fun while listening and don’t realise immediately that you actually didn’t learn that much. However, that was not the case with most presentations – we actually learned a lot in a very short time.
SourceCon with more than 700 participants from USA and all over the world is a benchmark in sourcing and recruiting, and that is what we felt during the first day.
Meeting many people having the same profession gave us the opportunity to hear about benchmarking in sourcing and what kind of metrics sourcers talk about.
Result orientated recruiting
Is an email response rate of 35% while attracting passive candidates good or bad? We know now, and more important – learned some ways to increase our rate in future. It is amazing how result oriented some (top performing) sourcers operate, and it was also amazing to see how well we at epunkt already perform in some fields. It was also „awesome“ (to use local wording) to see how motivated and engaged people work and what they do to improve constantly – like Kathryn Minshew (CEO from TheMuse.com) reminded us: "Give me 6 hours to chop down a tree and I will use 4 hours to sharpen my axe." So true, but sometimes we forgot while being in the whirlwind of daily business.
Tools and things that sucks
We saw amazing tools, yet we had to realise that many of them don’t perform properly in Europe – so we have to put some efforts to encourage tool provide to look over the ocean…there is life behind the big water, guys!
We also heard about various interesting concepts during an employer branding session. What I personally liked most is „TTS“ – it stands for „things that sucks“ and it is an initiative to encourage employees to tell about things that suck, pick it up in a team and solve it. We should do that back home as well. I like that idea! Germans would probably call it „Kontinuierlicher Verbesserungsprozess“. Things that suck sounds much better, though.
Overall, we had some interesting inputs in „candidate identification“, „candidate engagement“ and „leadership & strategy“ – AND we saw some great tools that even work in Europe. We won’t tell you everything, though ;-) . There are some things we have to show you personally.
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