Being lazy doesn’t have to hurt. At least not in recruitment.

Hey recruitment peoples,

Up until today I have been the ‘average Joe’ when it comes to our industry: scopin’ the web in a way that the Mossad and FSB would probably hire you on the spot, but not actively sharing my thoughts and learning with the community. 
Yes, I love it when a new article gets posted of a new tool to scrape the web, harvest personal information or create more efficiency in my every-day life (which mostly, to be very honest with you, consists out of the internet). 
Now the time has come for me to share some of those thoughts with who ever thinks it’s even remotely interesting to listen to my gibber jabber.

This quick read will cover a couple of topics around sourcing:

  • The very basics on how to create a nice computer set-up for yourself and source people / work more efficient in general
  • How to connect with (local) talent via meetup(.com) and other relevant sources for spotting talent who enjoys sharing knowledge and attending events

Being lazy

See, at heart, I think that people like myself (considering myself a sourcer), could benefit from having a lazy mindset. And yes, I’ll nuance that a bit for you. 
If I look at the world around me, I’m always trying to figure out how stuff can be done in a more efficient kind of way. Whether it’s getting around through the city, buying household supplies, walking the dog, or finding that next great developer. Efficiency rules.

And as a sourcer (let’s face it), some of the work can feel quite repetitive at times, even when you’re quite creative in leveraging multiple sources at the same time. 
Creating an optimal machine set-up to do the work will result in much more time to focus on the stuff that in my mind, really matters: writing a solid and personalised reach-out to a lead (this is not happening a lot nowadays people, we should change that) or conducting a decent talent screening interview.

The way to make your life a tat more pleasant, is by introducing workflows to your life. A good tool to assist you with this is Alfred.

Alfred — workflows on your Mac

A friend of mine brought this beautiful app called Alfred to my attention, not too long ago. Alfred is an efficiency tool which uses hotkeys, keywords and such, making your life so much more pleasant. The fun really starts when you acquire yourself the paid upgrade to the software called Powerpack, which will allow you to do much more customisations and workflows.

Alfred is also surrounded with a neat couple of online communities working on extending the amount of workflows, to which I find Alfredforum the most helpful.

As a sourcer, you find yourself having to cross reference a lot of people all the time. Usually, this consists out of cross-referencing social profiles, writing queries in google (or others, yes yes), and contacting your leads in a jiffy. 
The following workflow shows that you can access your bookmarklet folder by only calling the following statement in your Alfred (ALT + SPACE) search bar:

“,b + name of bookmarklet folder + specific search term”.

This will automatically bring up the most relevant bookmarklets, for me to start my search. Nothing big, but if you use bookmarklets rather often like myself, it’s nice to work with a basic framework, and build from there.

I’ve also been working on building some nice ATS cross-referencing for most of the commonly used ATS systems of this moment, which I will be more than happy to share upon request.

With regards to the relationship that people working in recruitment have with their phone, there is also a nice couple of workflows available (Note: European users need to edit the workflow so they can use 11 digit phone numbers). 
Personally, I have quite the amount of contact with people by phone, and given 100% of those people already have a job (at the office that doesn’t know I’m about to offer one of their talented employees a change of scenery), I find that this texting workflow is a very simple and good way to discuss less critical topics of a recruitment process.

Conferences / meetups

Of course it’s lovely, cozy and comfy when sourcing from the comfort of your own home. But talent does really take the effort to meet each other offline as well. 
Yes, good people go to meetups, buy the t-shirt and say ‘hi’ to you. Also, they actually care about sharing knowledge with each other.

But, as a sourcer, wouldn’t it be easy if we could source through this vast majority of meetup groups, saving us hours and hours of time attending them all. Agreed, there are so many meetups happening that you might want to think about a different approach, such as searching them:

site:meetup.com “member since” frontend developer React Amsterdam

Clear and simple example, gives me 1670 results. Tweak it a little and you’ll have yourself a nice shortlist to approach.

If you don’t you don’t know which conferences are best for your companies’ tech stack to attend, you can leverage TechConferences.io (bottom) for shortlisting. In one of my upcoming blogs I’ll explain a tat more on how to scrape the results of attendee lists, so that you’re able to quickly go through large sets of data, selecting a shortlist of people, worthwhile to reach out to.

Sourcing via meetup.com

Now it’s of course great to stroll through the attendee list of upcoming big events (I will address how to do this in one of my next blogs), but maybe you don’t want to aim for the big events out there. Maybe, you live in a city with a couple of great monthly meetups, hosted by likeminded people, who like to share knowledge about the trait. Gotcha; let’s talk about how to find them.

Given I am also the co-organizer of the Frontend Amsterdam meetup, and sometimes browse the web to find a couple of great frontenders who have not ever visited one of the meetups before but whom I admire online and would like to have attend, it’s always good to again, scope the web:

site:meetup.com “member since” “Frontend Developer” Rotterdam The Hague -job

Simple, yet effective. Happy days.

If This Than That — IFTTT

Again, in the category ‘lazy and efficient’ you can most certainly find IFTTT. IFTTT statements are basically nothing more than conditional statements which are called ‘applets’. They can trigger a response, when combining a couple of applications in the IFTTT statement.

For instance: Automatically logging every call you make on your mobile phone onto a google spreadsheet, or posting to Slack when a tweet matches your search term.

Or: tweeting your Facebook status updates, all the way up to weird stuff like getting notified on Skype that someone is ringing your company’s doorbell (for all those startups who don’t have a front desk welcoming committee on payroll yet, but want a nice candidate experience, nonetheless).

Leveraging on conditional statements for work can make your working hours more fun, less stressful and above all; more productive.

All-in-all some stuff to think about next time you’re pushing the power button of your plastic or aluminum friend with a keyboard. Hope it helps covering some ground in the trenches of the life of a sourcer.

-Yves