Sourcing Conference!!! You read it right. I started as a sourcer way back in 2005. Today if you ask me what’s my passion, I would still say “Sourcing” Yes I’m Proud to be a “Sourcer” | Are you!!!! I still recollect when I was Interviewed from my 2nd Job, the role was of an End to End Recruiter. I had been sourcing for 5 years, as it was tough for me to give an interview for a position of a Recruiter. But I did proudly say that I’m a Sourcer, I can source quality resumes and will pick up recruitment. Have seen many say during interviews that they are recruiters, even tough they are working as a Sourcer.
I still remember those days when we as sourcers used to be awake almost all night and attend SourceCon. It was our learning ground, it was a platform for all passionate sourcers who wanted to learn more about Sourcing. Since then, we all wanted to attend and be part of sourcing conference in India. And on 15th April, 2015, Sourcing Adda did make this dream come true. “India’s 1st and Biggest Sourcing Conference”
TASCON15 had some amazing speakers, speakers who I have learnt a lot and admire their passion for Sourcing. The event also had Sourcing Labs that gave the audience much more than gyan and live examples of how to make the most of sourcing tools. Such Sourcing Events are a must for this industry and it brings out the best practices and helps us learn and be updated.
I would personally like to thank Sourcing Adda and their entire team who came up with this amazing platform.
For those who were not able to attend India’s 1st and Biggest Sourcing Conference, following is the storify that would surely help you to know more about this conference. This collection of Tweets would give you loads of insights into the amazing world of Sourcing. : https://storify.com/kunjal23/tascon15
Also following is my deck aka PPT (A new jargon that I learnt recently) related to my favorite topic ” Magic of 140 Characters”. Looking forward to your views on this topic.
There have been 100’s of Conferences around Social Media and Branding. And to make it more interesting there have been CXO’s who were part of those panels, keynote speakers and so on. Lot of discussions, advice, and caution was set around various topics related to Social Media. Finally the Fad of Social is over, now it’s time to walk the talk. This helped me to come up with the biggest CXO LinkedIn Study.
No Jargon, No Gyan. Just wanted to find out if CXO’s are Managing or Ignoring Social Branding!!
200 CXO’s from diverse companies, spanning in size from startups to Fortune 500 companies were the base for this study. LinkedIn was the preferred channel for this study for the obvious reason. You would not find any of these CXO’s on Naukri or Monster.com. LinkedIn is the new classier networking site that is the first preference of CXO’s to have their profile on.
Does it mean that they are looking for a change!!! Well if they are not actively looking for change, but recruiters are surely looking for them. There is no doubt that this is a great place for professionals to connect and network. There is also a large section of candidates that are looking at LinkedIn profiles of such Leaders, of managers that they would be working with. Hence its even more important for these CXO’s to give the right message. To represent their company on Social Channels.
Their LinkedIn Profiles were studied and the following key points were included in this study:
– Do they have a LinkedIn Premium Profile!!
– Have they included their companies Website / Careers Website!!
– Have they synced / shared their Twitter Handle!!!
– Did these CXO’s include their companies Video / PDF on their Profile!!
– Do they follow their own company page on LinkedIn!!
– Have they included their Blog on LinkedIn Profile!! Do they Blog!!!
Now that the stage is set, let’s not beat around the bush. Let’s come directly to the results for these key points.
Looking for results!!! Well, before that, would like to know your views on the set of questions that were set for this study. Are your CXO’s Ignoring Social Branding!!! Have you covered the following key points that represent your company’s brand on LinkedIn? Is it important for CXO’s to include these points on their LinkedIn Profile!!!
Share your views by using #CXOsBranding on Twitter. The study results of 200 CXO’s will be soon shared here. So keep watching this space.
What is a Blog!!! There are various definitions around, but the one which caught my atention was ” Its a platform / Medium that give you an opportunity to share your thoughts / views and reach hundreds or even thousands of people” Blogging is what you do, what you do not do, and what you wish you had done when you did it. And this is what HR is all about. We are in an profession that does require us to interact on daily basis with employees, candidates stakeholders, leaders etc.
Blogging helps you to pen down these amazing experiences you have; its a way you can share and let out your emotions, thoughts, views and suggestions too. Blogging is a Platform that helps you share your experiences with your audience. Reasons for blogging are normally personal :) Some want to vent our their thoughts, some want to share their knowledge, some want to build their own brand, some might also want to earn money.
Most important part of Blogging is “PASSION to share and learn” You don’t need to be a great writer. You need to be just yourself when blogging. LinkedIn Publishing Platform is also a great place to start Blogging. The advantage is that for new bloggers, its a easy platform where you already have the audience in terms of your followers. Hence this can help you to start blogging. Blogging by nature is all about sharing your thoughts with the relevant audience. It does help in networking and learning new trends from the fellow bloggers.
Most important thing is start writing for yourself first. Pick topics you like to talk about. Once you gain confidence, do study what are the latest trends and then share your views on those topics. Start reading blogs and start with sharing your views via comments on those blogs and topics you like. This will help you to also connect and follow those influencers and will give you confidence to start with your blog.
Following is a video that talks about Basics of Blogging!! This show is done by Rakshita Dwivedi. Looking forward to your views on Blogging. Also do share your Blog if you already have a Blog.
Candy Crush!! Photos!!! Like!!
There is more to Facebook than what we all think. Everyone is one Facebook, Yes almost everyone. Let’s take a look at some data:
Facebook has more profiles than Any Job Portal and LinkedIn too.
Facebook has around 1.3 + billion accounts. This is where many say “So what’s in it for me”
Well, 108+ million People in India are on Facebook
Mumbai has 6+ million / Delhi 8+ million, Pune 3.6 million, Bangalore 4.4 million, Ahmedabad 1.4 million users
So after this data, would like to ask recruiters “Are you searching candidates via Facebook” If yes, great, if no – its never too late…start it :)
Following is a video that talks about Importance of Facebook Recruiting!! This show is done by Rakshita Dwivedi. Looking forward to your views on how you are using Facebook for Hiring.
23rd Dec 2009, was all set to have my own blog. Had been reading loads of blogs, commented and shared my views on them. But wanted to setup my own blog where I could share my thoughts, experience and what I learnt . Wanted to write as a layman for the audience; with no place for HR Jargon :) Did struggle on what should be the name of the blog, so did some research. But after a point of time thought that the idea of starting a blog was a random thought, as I was just wandering; so came up with the name ” Rambling Recruiter “. aka wandering recruiter :) This is how the amazing learning journey began.
One thing that I have learnt from Blogging is that “The more I share, the more I end up learning”. Blogging is all about sharing your passion with the audience. You don’t have to be a writer to start blogging. Just go ahead and pen down your thoughts about the subject you like.
I started my journey as a Sourcer and did enjoy every bit of it for 5 year. So my blogs did range from “Yes I’m Proud to be a “Sourcer” | Are you!!!! to Are you up for a Weekend Drive!! Then moved on to so called End to End Recruitment ;) So the focus of my blogs got shifted towards Recruitment. Those Include – “Sorry, It’s a BAD HIRE!!” to “Ways to bring down cost per hire!!!” During these 8 yrs in my career was always keen to learn new methods and techniques to search talent. This is where I developed my passion towards Social Media. Following are some of the blogs related to the amazing world of Social Media – “Have you identified your Social Media Ambassadors!!” Global List of HR TweetChats right here!!! & Dear HR, Recruiters, Sourcers are you missing this action on Twitter!!!
There were some blogs which were tough to write and more importantly tough to post too. The following blog did give me some sleepless nights. Was not sure if it can be posted and shared online. But then did go all out and shared it. Here is that Blog : India’s largest database of employees!!! Free!! Possible!!
So far it’s been a wonderful learning experience.
Would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone of you for the constant support and encouragement. Looking forward to the next 5 years and also towards contributing to some more interesting topics.