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LinkedIn is the best social media site available for recruiters but a lack of competition has allowed the company to be “sloppy”, says international sourcing expert Irina Shamaeva.

Speaking at the Australasian Sourcing Summit in Sydney yesterday, Shamaeva, partner and chief sourcer at Silicon Valley recruitment firm Brain Gain, said Twitter was a good employer branding and marketing tool but wasn’t suited for recruitment. Google Plus had the potential to be very useful, but currently had only a small and not particularly active user base, and Facebook had been successfully used by only a few recruiters, and needed to be combined with other tools.

LinkedIn was the best of the social media tools available for recruiters, said Shamaeva; however it was still “extremely buggy” and delivered a “confusing user experience”. Trying to execute certain searches or actions sometimes resulted in error messages, Shamaeva said, and in many cases the errors persisted over time. “LinkedIn can allow themselves to be… sloppy in this kind of way and charge a lot of money… because there’s no competition,” she said. Read more

Sourcing Summit 2011 was a huge success. Thanks to our presenter we are making the presentations available for free (to download right click and select ‘save as’).

  • Gavin Heaton – New Frontiers for Sourcing Talent
  • Brent Pearson – Role & Importance of Metrics in Sourcing (NA)
  • Andrea Mitchell – Internet Search Strategies (Prezi)
  • Christian LeLoux & Kara McLeod – Resourcing Matrix of Corporate Sourcing
  • Jason Timor, Qantas – Targeting Niche Communities
  • Simon Townsend, Deloitte, – Cultivating an innovative mindset to excel in Sourcing
  • Gad Weinbach, Talent2 – The Art & Science of Talent Mapping
  • Paul Jacobs, Engage – Emotional branding in sourcing
  • Sue Ellen Nario, Thoughtworks: The why and how of lean sourcing
  • Dawn Tingwell, CareerOne –Sourcing Active Candidates
  • Rowena Caruana, Futurestep – Multi-Sourcing Strategy
  • Riges Younan, Engaging candidates after sourcing
  • Simon Townsend, Deloitte – Role of Rapid Prototyping in Sourcing
  • Paul Jacobs, Engage – Winning on Facebook
  • Andrea Mitchell – Targeting Niche Communities (Prezi presentation)


  • Check out the agenda for the 2012 Sourcing Summit.

    #SOSUSocial is an informal networking and drinks night for anyone interested in sourcing talent.

    If you are new to sourcing come along to learn what it’s all about. If you are a veteran sourcing professional or recruiter come and meet fellow practitioners. And if you plan on attending www.sourcingsummit.com.au it’s a good chance to meet many of the #SOSU12 speakers who will be coming along.

    Whether you attended the first Sourcing Summit last year, are planning to attend the upcoming event or just wanted to hang out with fellow recruiters and sourcing practitioners, come along. We are also having a lucky draw, giving away a free #SOSU12 ticket.

    #SOSUSocial will be held at the Arthouse Hotel, Syd (Brisbane venue TBA). Register now.

    Location:The ArtHouse Hotel, Sydney
    Date: Thursday, 26 July
    Time: From 5:45 PM
    Cost: Free (Drinks tab will be open for a limited time)

    (p.s: Brisbane #SOSUsocial to be announced soon. Venue might be changed)

    It’s Winter here in Australia, it’s cold, it’s wet and most of us, apart from the snow bunnies are pretty much over it.  Getting up in the dark, commuting to work in the dark and then, coming home again in the dark.  If you’re in the Northern hemisphere, I don’t want your pity, but it will be our turn soon enough… I’ll wait.

    The bight shining light I’m seeing is that Phil Tusing and his SOSU team have launched another sourcing event.  Something for us mere mortals to look forward to, something to keep those inner fires of building and sharing knowledge burning, fanning those flames with some amazing speakers.  I was lucky enough to be pseudo involved last year (the company I worked with sponsored drinks and my name was the answer to a quiz question, which I think must now make me officially part of it right?), and whilst the learning was great ie speakers etc, the chance to talk off line, to collaborate and to bring those relationships formed on line, through blogs, tweets, LinkedIn groups etc etc (you know what I mean… I hope) into real life.  I mean who would have thought it, some of these people I read from are REAL LIVE PEOPLE! With real life experience!  I felt at home, everyone was happy to chat and some old friends even felt comfortable enough to warn me about my poor hairstyle, which was fashioned from falling asleep on the plane the wrong way (thanks ladies)

    It took me days to process all the information.  Have you checked out the list of speakers here? If you haven’t and you still register you’re in for a great surprise.  Phil has positioned himself right smack bang in the middle of an emerging Sourcing industry here in Australia, I think everyone will struggle to not learn anything!

    This promises to be a conference with enticing discussion points, engaging speakers (Phil may even give me the podium and a microphone for a little while) and the sharing of innovation not seen on our shores before.

    I was talking today to an industry colleague, who told me about how her company sent one of their people to the US to hear Irina Shamaeva speak, I was lucky enough to hear a webinar she ran with Andrea Mitchell some 18 months ago I suppose and was really happy to hear that companies were investing in sending their people all the way to the US to hear her. You could imaging the excitement I felt from my coffee date when I mentioned that Irina or @braingain to many of us was gracing our fair shores in a little under a month.

    I’ve heard that spots are filling up fast.  Will I see you there?  Come and say hi please, I’m a sucker for talking Recruiting…… and sourcing.