Workshops offer a different learning environment. Sessions are more interactive and participants are actively encouraged to contribute to the proceedings. We can now confirmed that five sourcing workshops will be offered at the Sourcing Summit:

1) Tapping into Niche Communities (Andrea Mitchell, ARN)
2) Advanced Database Search (Dawn Tingwell, CareerOne)
3) Winning on Facebook (Paul Jacobs, Engage)
4) Engaging Candidates post-sourcing (Riges Younan, Peerlo)
5) Role of Rapid Prototyping in Sourcing (Simon Townsend, Deloitte)

Workshops are free for delegates. Details here.

As a former criminal investigator with the Israeli army Gad Weinbach spent a lot of time trying to ‘find people who don’t want to be found’. He now spends most of his time in executive search and experimenting with new ways to source talent. We spoke to Gad about his background, current work and his upcoming talk at the Sourcing Summit.

Q. What’s your current role and how did you get into sourcing?
I have been a member of Talent Partners, the Board & Executive Search arm of Talent2 International (ASX: TWO) since 2007. My functional expertise includes the appointment of Managing Directors, Chairmen, Non-Executive Directors, Chief Executives and their direct reports. I work with Boards, CEOs and HR Directors to manage succession. I learned how to source information and people as part of my training to be a criminal investigator during my military service. Years later when I entered the Executive Search space, I was exposed to Sourcing in the HR world.

Q. You have a colourful work history including a stint with the army as a criminal investigator. How much of your past has influenced your current role? Do you think anyone can be a good sourcer/researcher?
My past has influenced my current role without a doubt. Back then I was looking for people who didn’t want to be found for various reasons; now, I’m searching for people with good reputation.

I think anyone can become whatever they want to become. There is a mix of skills, experiences and personality traits that makes a good Researcher. I rate credibility, natural flair for investigation, innovation, tenacity, analytical & commercial, with high level of responsiveness and confidentiality.

Q. What do you think is the biggest mistake companies make when looking for talent?
I think the greatest opportunity for leaders in organizations is to be committed to a succession plan and to a future Talent strategy to match the company’s vision. The Executive team of every government and public company needs to make sure they are proactively managing their ability to deliver future and present growth plans. Managing ‘your’ risk is making sure you have the right people with the right skills and capabilities at the right time. The biggest mistake companies make when looking for talent is forgetting they are dealing with people.

Q. What will you speak about at the Sourcing Summit?
I will speak about the art and science of Talent Mapping as part of corporate succession. I’ll talk about who should consider it, why, when and how to conduct it.

Hear Gad Weinbach speak about Talent Mapping at the Sourcing Summit (Afternoon Session 2.30-3.00 PM)

In a nutshell sourcing is often about finding the difficult to find. Blessed with an astute investigative brain and an impulsive knack to experiment, a skilled sourcer is adept at embracing a wide range of tools to find solutions. Often the go-to person for any hard to find task a sourcer thrives on solving new challenges.

So, you think you can source? Test your sourcing skills by solving our riddles and win* a free ticket to the Sourcing Summit.

Here’s the first sourcing challenge.
This week we spy two of our speakers animatedly in discussion somewhere in Sydney. We presume they are talking about their upcoming presentations.

  1. Identify the two speakers in the photo.
  2. In which Sydney landmark is the photo taken?

Email your answers here

HINT: Check our speakers list
(there is another hint somewhere on this page if you look closely)

* Over the next 10 weeks in the lead up to the Sourcing Summit we will be posting a series of riddles each worth a certain amount of points. The person who collects the most points over that time wins a ticket to the Sourcing Summit.

One of the areas I always do research around, regardless of the type of role or industry, is LinkedIn Groups. I have found the information and candidates through this method for every kind of search.

Searching for LinkedIn Groups can be helpful in a few different ways, but what we will cover in this post is how you can use them to identify LinkedIn profiles via search engines such as Google and Bing. LinkedIn members join groups because of interest or experience in the topic the group is based around. Because of this they can be great ways of targeting your search, similar to what you might do with target companies.

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Have you tried Googling the word ‘Sourcing’? We tried, check out the results.

Starting out you might not have a lot of tools and software to support your sourcing efforts. I want to cover a few of the basics that I think are essential and hopefully suggest some alternatives to more expensive/time consuming products.

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