Yes yes, this one starts with a “back in my day” moment… but bear with, it concerns Sourcing – which I strongly believe is one of the areas skilled recruiters can really make a difference.
Years back, any firm involved in technology recruitment would have consultants leading the sales effort, expected to be out with clients regularly. Resourcers would be the junior guys, often graduate hires, expected to churn through CV’s as fast as possible and pick out a few highlights for the more experienced recruiter to go present to clients.
For a time, it seemed as though the resourcer role might actually die out (or at least become limited only to those firms offering more research-based service) – but recently, there’s been a resurgence. It’s been happening quietly for the last couple of years, but sourcing is really starting to stand out as a specific discipline in it’s own right…
Resourcers used to be the entry level people. The sourcers leading the game now are some of the most valuable people in seeking out the talent some firms really need in ultra-competitive or niche markets. A classic sign of this change is that events are starting to occur aimed directly AT those wanting to build their skills in this area – such as the upcoming SOSUEU event in Amsterdam.
The event has been run a few times before in Sydney, but I believe it’s the first outing to European shores. It looks to be an interest mix of sessions too – some strategic, some looking at future trends – though with those present, I’m expecting a significant proportion of hands-on activity too: testing ideas, tools, hacking away at more established methods and finding new ways to identify the best talent the world has to offer.
There’ll be a set of discussions aimed specifically at emerging technology (#sosutech) which will no doubt hold my attention for the most part – but when I am able to tear myself away, I’ll be trying to spot the unlikely sessions. A few stand out for me on the current line-up:
- Bill Fischer – one of the smartest chaps around and one of the most generous with his ideas. Not a recruiter, very much a technologist. He’s been far too head-down and busy of late, I want to hear what he’s getting excited about these days
- Jim Stroud – not heard from Jim for far too long, probably three years since he stood on a chair at #TruLondon with some serious poetry! A beautiful moment then, a legend in the time since, a catch up long overdue!
- The Europeans! This is a weird one for me – most of the events I get to hit are UK based – but the influence of Balazs is clear: There are a host of names on the list that I humbly acknowledge I’ve not come across before – but if they’re here, they’ve done something to deserve it. I won’t miss the opportunity to hear some left field ideas, some creative thinking, some new angles to old problems!
There are others too, of course. Martin Lee, Bill Boorman, Irina Shamaeva, Jonny Campbell – the line-up is a heavy-weight who’s who. I’d originally intended to live-blog the event, but I think live-tweeting is more likely – doubt I’ll get pause for thought long enough to actually blog.
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