SourceCon is a recruiter’s recruiter conference. It’s the nuts and bolts of how to find any type of person in the world. I went last year in Seattle, and it’s light on buzzwords and heavy on how-tos – by the people who are actually doing it.
This year the conference is happening on September 21-23 in Anaheim, California. MightyRecruiter will be there holding it down as the new kids on the block (schedule your demo today) – and so will 500-odd other industry professionals.
I met up with a few top sourcers to discuss what to expect at SourceCon this year and what big picture trends are on the horizon for sourcing.
What Not to Miss at #SourceCon16
“People should not miss the wrap-up presentations,” said Amybeth Quinn, recruitment sourcing leader for HPE engineering. “So many folks bolt for the airport and miss some of the absolute best content from the final speakers. Also, do not bail on the networking opportunities after hours – some of my most memorable SourceCon conversations have taken place over the years over dinner and drinks or in small groups staring at our laptop screens.”
“If you’re new to SourceCon, definitely go to the rapid fire session of tips and tricks,” said Devin Parrish, senior director of recruiting at Heartland Payment Systems. We met at hotel bar after last year’s conference. “It was packed with great ideas from attendees and presenters. I also recommend the outing and happy hour – I met some really great people last year who I still keep in touch with.”
Why Attend #SourceCon16
“The opportunity to connect and learn from fellow sourcing pros is a major reason why I’m attending,” said SourceCon newbie-to-be Stephanie Jordan, recruiting coordinator at Aquent/Vitamin. “My “not-miss” breakout track is “Six Secrets to Sourcing Like a Grandmaster” led by Kerri Mills. I want to soak up all the best practices to become a sourcing superstar!”
Bold Predictions for Sourcing in 2017
Sourcing can be cyclical. The economy is not always booming, and the cool new tech tool shouldn’t overshadow what you already do well. Sometimes, to be a better recruiter in the future you need to look to the past.
“I think recruiters (especially in tech) are going to have to start to get used to funding getting a little tighter,” said Jake Troutman, sourcing manager at Hortonworks. We also met at a hotel bar after last year’s conference. It’s a great place to make SourceCon friends. “The days of paying candidates whatever they want to get them on board are, in my opinion, coming to an end. The war for talent is still very much on, but the war chests are starting to dry up a bit. I think we’re moving away from ‘finding the best possible candidate’, and we’re going to see ‘find the best possible candidate in our budget’.”
“I think the phone will make a resurgence as a sourcing trend,” said Devin Parrish. “Texting candidates has become increasingly effective (who doesn’t at least look at their phone when they get a text?), and direct phone calls are a way to differentiate yourself from the high volume of emails/InMails candidates receive.”
Where do you think sourcing is headed? Meet Amybeth, Stephanie, Jake, Devin and MightyRecruiter at SourceCon this Sept. 21-23 in Anaheim California. We’ll be looking forward to showing off our solution at Booth 202, so sign up for a demo today to make sure you secure a slot!