I’ve had a long standing interest in the field of sourcing (finding people who might be a good fit in your organisation / role vs recruiting – trying to get these same, but unknown people to send you their CVs), really ever since we developed the idea into an approach we called head farming when I was an HR Director at Ernst & Young.
Though head farming was horribly expensive, social media makes the same sorts of approaches straight forward, eg this case study from Coca Cola, but still requires a good level of skill.
And I’ve sort of thought I know quite a bit of what I need to in this area (or quite a bit of what you need to, since I’m not actually a sourcer or recruiter, but I still want to understand it to show you what you’re missing out on. And actually I still use the approaches in various other applications – eg finding business prospects. I’d almost suggest it’s becoming a core skill that everyone should be taught at school in today’s networked world.)
That’s until I tried Irina Shamaeva’s international people sourcing contest a couple of month’s ago. And… err… well, I realised I didn’t know quite as much as I thought I did (basically, I didn’t have a clue.)
So, I’m currently setting out doing some initial self-study (I might post more about this in early January) and will be attending Irina’s People Sourcing Certification Program on, and following on from, 29 January.
Again, I’ll give you a taste of what I’m learning around then, but if you really want to understand sourcing, and how to do it, why not take the programme too?
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