Amybeth Hale – Research Goddess

Michael Marlatt Rocks SourceCon
September 8, 2008, 10:00 am
Filed under: Networking/Social Media, Recruiting, Research, SourceCon, Technology, Thoughts | Tags:

Apologies for the lateness of my post! Those of you who know me know that I’ve been spending a fair amount of time in DC this summer, and that’s where I went after SourceCon for the weekend. HOWEVER – I have to say that SourceCon was awesome! And if you didn’t go – figure out a way to get to SC ’09 because you seriously missed out this year.

There are most likely several posts of overviews of the conference, and please also stay tuned for the September issue of The Source for some additional thoughts on it, so I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight my favorite session from the event – Michael Marlatt‘s presentation of Web 2.0 technology in recruiting, Sourcing Beyond Recruiting 2.0. I enjoyed so many sessions, but this particular topic is near and dear to my heart because I use so many of the types of tools Michael laid out in my every day function. Michael didn’t do a “web 2.0 recruiting” session on ‘this is Facebook, this is how you create an account on Facebook’ or something similar with using LinkedIn. I understand the need for such training sessions, but for me personally they don’t do a bit of good. I already know how to create a profile, and search using the resource’s search function, and add friends, and join groups. I want MORE! 🙂


What Michael did was paint a picture of the future of our function based on the use, and mashup, of various tools that are available out there. He used the term “cloud recruiting” as derived from “cloud computing“. He discussed the virtualization of recruiting, and how far we’ve come just in the last couple of years with technology to make our jobs simpler. Michael even drew an example of future technology where you could have a job alert set up on your phone, and a notification if someone fitting the requirements happens to be in the vicinity. This is not so futuristic, he told us, as ideas like this are already being worked on (Dave Copps I’m sure will agree with that – he too had a fantastic keynote presentation on semantic search).

Something I took to heart (and I’m sure many in the audience did as well) was what Michael said about RSS: “If you are a sourcer and you don’t use RSS, you should put a question mark after your job title.” OUCH 🙂 Thankfully, I’m an avid RSS user for many different reasons – keeping up with the recruiting trends, keeping up with the PR industry, using articles to do name gathering and research, keeping track of who is reading and quoting me, etc.

In my opinion, Michael’s presentation topped the charts because he gave a nod to the past, as well as the present, but his focus was on the future of these tools and that’s where we all need to be looking. Kudos to you, Michael. I can’t wait to see more!

Please keep your eye out later this week for the new The Source newsletter, and also watch for other posts that are sure to be popping up this week!


I’m in Atlanta at SourceCon ’08!
September 2, 2008, 3:30 pm
Filed under: Recruiting, Research, SourceCon | Tags:

This week I am attending SourceCon ’08 in Atlanta. If you have any interest in research and sourcing from a recruitment capacity, this is the place to be! I’ll be tweeting throughout the event so if you want an SC play-by-play, feel free to follow me on Twitter or check out the hashtag #sourcecon. If you’re attending, please come and say hi to me!

The Sourcing Dude

The Source – July 2008
July 15, 2008, 10:52 pm
Filed under: Research, SourceCon

The July issue of The Source is ready! Check it out here: July 2008 – The Source

Also, don’t forget to register for SourceCon 2008! It’s under 2 months away now, September 2nd – 4th in Atlanta, GA. Gather with your fellow researchers and sourcers, meet people you’ve known for years but never seen in person, and learn a ton about tactical and strategic sourcing. Don’t miss out!!!!

We Want YOU
May 28, 2008, 9:04 pm
Filed under: SourceCon

Yes, we mean you! Do you have a neat technology tool you’d like to share? An interesting perspective on research or sourcing? A recommendation for good teamwork practices within your staffing team? We want to hear from you in The Source newsletter. Even if you’ve never written a formal article before, we are interested in what you have to say. The Source is by you, for you, and we want to encourage as much reader participation and contribution as possible. Please email us if you’ve got a story idea or an article you’d like to submit, and keep your eye out for the June issue, to be launched on June 10th!

The Source – May 2008
May 13, 2008, 12:05 am
Filed under: Recruiting, Research, SourceCon

the Sourcing DudeThe new issue of The Source has been sent out to email subscribers and is also available for your viewing pleasure on the SourceCon website! Check it out, and let me know your thoughts!

Also, make sure to take a moment to fill out this month’s survey as well. Thanks!

Survey: Hand-Off Point From Research To Recruiting
May 2, 2008, 10:34 am
Filed under: Recruiting, Research, SourceCon

Please take a very brief moment to fill out this survey on where your hand-off point is from research to recruiting! Answers will be available in the upcoming May issue of The Source, going live on May 10th.


Survey: How did you get into sourcing/research?
March 19, 2008, 1:10 am
Filed under: SourceCon

If you haven’t taken a moment to fill out this survey in the first issue of The Source, please take a moment to tell us now!