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NEXT GENERATION SOURCING. WHAT DOES THE ROAD AHEAD LOOK LIKE?

What does the future of talent sourcing looks like? Our theme this year is NEXT GENERATION SOURCING.

At #SOSUEU we will set our gaze on the whole talent sourcing life-cycle with a particular focus on the issues and challenges faced by sourcing leaders. We will set our eyes on emerging trends and the road ahead for sourcing.  We will look at new tools and technologies, techniques and best-practices, and will decipher the ever changing behavior of talent. Delegates will develop a big-picture view of talent acquisition and the tactical nous required to be an agent of change.

Once again we will cover all aspects of sourcing in a way that #sosude is well known for – an uncompromising dissection and analysis of all things sourcing in Europe. #sosude 2016 promises to be our best yet.

TUESDAY 27 SEPTEMBER – #SOSUHACKDAY HACKATHON

#SOSUHACKDAY, ABN AMRO BUILDING
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

#SOSUEU PRE-CONFERENCE NETWORK DRINKS
5:30-6:30 PM

#SOSUHACK – SOURCING HACKATHON

Every year, one of the highlights at #SOSUEU is the ‘hacks’ – clever new ways of finding talent. Each year speakers and delegates alike shared new and productive ways of using tools and techniques to find talent.

This year we are taking it further by dedicating one day to sourcing hacks. We are having a #hackathon or rather a #sosuhack day on 27 September.

Whether you are a perennial tinkerer or just love playing with tools and technology, you will enjoy #sosuhack.

It’s one day of harnessing wisdom of the crowd, networking, making new friends and exploring cool news ways of finding talent. The event is only open to #SOSUEU delegates. Details here

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#SOSUEU DAY ONE CONFERENCE – WEDNESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER

9:30 AM-5:00 PM (RAI AMSTERDAM)

HUMAN HACKING FOR A NEW ERA OF SOURCING PRODUCTIVITY (KEYNOTE)
glenx505X235 GLEN CATHEY // KFORCE
How can sourcers ensure they are a step ahead of the curve? How can peak productivity be reached and sustained? What more can good sourcers do to improve their effectiveness? In this new talk sourcing pioneer Glen will embark on an epic journey to chart how modern sourcers can continue to improve and add value in a rapidly changing environment.

Glen will introduce the concept of ‘human hacking’ a unique methodology he developed which  highlights the human element of sourcing. Infused with best-practices around messaging, intro calls, eliciting referrals and a unique look at the human behavior from a sourcing microscope. Glen will introduce one of his “secret weapons,” a unique approach called ‘activity blocking’ which will drastically increase sourcing productivity. Glen will also showcase some of his never before shared methodologies, including how to hack human capital data.

This is sourcing at its most sophisticated delivered by the foremost practitioner in the world. #SOSUEU delegates will be treated to a one of a kind presentation never before shared in the public domain.

Highlights
– Human hacking for sourcers
– The concept of activity blocking
– Hacking for productivity

SOURCING & ENGAGEMENT IN THE EXPERIENCE ECONOMY & WINNING IN THE NEW DIGITAL LANDSCAPE.
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The experience economy is upon us. No longer can sourcers ignore the experience they offer to all stakeholders, especially the talent and clients they hope to engage.   In this session master marketer Dave Hazlehurst will take a look at the whole ecosystem sourcers operate in and dissects the fast emerging trends in technology, connectedness and human behaviour and how they will affect sourcers and their future prosperity.

Dave will set his sight on the concept of engagement, especially in the digital domain, and the role creativity plays in providing a great experience. He will argue that ‘experience’ is the new battle ground for sourcers and will lay out a plan for excelling and scaling. This session will inspire and provide a roadmap for sourcers to thrive in a digital economy.

It’s about mastering experience or irrelevancy at a grand scale, delivered by one of the foremost authority of the digital realm.

Highlights
– Dissect the experience economy
– Digital roadmap for engagement
– Storytelling and creativity for sourcers

GAME CHANGING THE SOURCING FUNCTION. SCALING SOURCING AT FACEBOOK.
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Facebook in EMEA runs a sourcing lab dedicated to innovating all aspects of talent sourcing. So how does one of the most innovative tech brand in the world operates it’s sourcing function? What sourcing challenges does the tech behemoth faces and how do they overcome them?

In this rollicking joint presentation the Facebook duo of Bernadett and Mikael will offer a peek in to how sourcing is done at Facebook. They will offer insights into the inner workings of the innovation lab and will showcase some of the tools they use to find talent.  Be prepared to see the utilisation of some of Facebook’s consumer products (live) and investments (Virtual reality) utilised in sourcing.

The duo will also highlight how they design talent maps and deliver industry leading candidate experience for thousands of applicants. In short, you will learn how one of the most recognised brands in the world operates its sourcing function and find talent to powers its growth.

Highlights
– Facebook tools that scale
– Building best talent map
– Candidate experience @ Facebook

EMAIL REDUX – REINVENTING EMAIL’S ROLE AS #1 TOOL FOR SOURCING TALENT
billymcdiarmidx505X235BILLY McDIARMID // HR CONSULTANCY
Email is not dead! The humble Email still gives the best return on investment of any digital channel – paid or otherwise.  It can be used in so many different ways but for the average sourcer it can be time consuming and laborious to gather and manage a high volume of emails. In this session we will look at how to reinvent email’s  application in a myriad ways to find people.

Billy will give an overview of the scraper market (RIP Kimono Labs) and introduce tools like Blockspring, IFTTT & Zapier to maximise the use of emails. He will offer a case study where he will prove that there is no such thing as a wasted email (remarketing) and will have a detailed look at Paid Social, Inbound Campaigns, Bulk Validation tools to avoid emails related issues. In short, you will never see email the same way again, and possibly fall in love again.

Highlight:
– Discover new ways to use emails
– Webscraping and bulk sourcing
– Remarketing and extracting value from a humble email

MOBILE SOURCING –  A NEW ERA FOR HACKING MOBILE APPS TO FIND TALENT

irinashamaevax505X235IRINA SHAMAEVA // BRAINGAIN
The mobile ecosystem is rapidly evolving and is offering unique pathways to talent that are not available elsewhere. For instance the mobile offerings of established networks like LI differs immensely from its mother-ship online website. In this session master sourcer Irina will delve into the world of mobile tools and technologies and unearth new ways of finding talent. It is technical wizardry only Irina’s background and expertise is able to fathom.  There will be a forensic examination of what mobile does and doesn’t do very well.

In this session you will learn to hack and view mobile in a new and productive light. It is exploring new frontiers for sourcing talent in a domain which is seeing exponential growth.

Highlights:
– A re-look at mobile platforms for sourcing
– Hacking mobile applications for talent
– Productivity exercise for sourcing talent

SOURCING LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT – STARTING UP SOURCING FOR START-UPS
WILLEM WIJNANS // IMPROBABLEwillemx505X235
For start-ups the cost of making hiring mistakes is high, and as a rule look to hire predominantly purple squirrels.  The ‘no room for mistake’ culture is complicated by having to operate with limited budget, scarce talent, and a fast moving environment. How do you source for ‘the one and only’ with limited resources and time? In this session Willem will share some of his war stories working on the front-lines of start-up talent war. Drawing from his stint with Improbable, he will highlight some of the success stories which can be universally applied.

Willem will touch on why hard-to-find talent often need unconventional methods to reach.  This is Kick-ass sourcing for kick-ass companies in a fast-moving environment. You will learn how dynamic start-up find top talent to power their growth.

Highlights
– How fast growing organisations find talent
– How to find hidden talent
– Agile sourcing for agile workplaces

DIVERSITY SOURCING  – THE WHY AND HOW OF FINDING GREAT FEMALE TALENT ACROSS EMEA
ralitsax505X235RALITSA BURNEVA // AMAZON
When companies disclosed diversity data, it’s clear diversity is still a burning issue, especially female representation. How can workplaces be more diverse and what role can sourcers play?

The diversity talent pipeline problem is not something that can be fixed overnight. Amongst other things, it requires long-term investment and a deliberate company wide effort to embrace a diverse workforce. But what can you, as a sourcer, do today to make an immediate impact and help your company get on the right track? In this session Ralitsa will tackle diversity sourcing with a particular focus on finding female talent across EMEA.
 
Highlights
– tips and tricks on how to find female talent across various EMEA countries
– engaging with your female candidates in their “language” – or how to craft the right messaging
– influencing the hiring process for female talent up to the offer stage, even when the candidate is already “out of our sourcer hands”

MASTERING AN ARTISTIC APPROACH TO SOURCING. INFUSING CREATIVITY & FLAIR IN SOURCING.
danielmartosx505X235DANI MARTOS, SCYTL
Artwork inspires, but rarely is artistic thinking applied to the field of sourcing.  But is there a need for artistry in sourcing? Yes. How do you source in markets where people are not available online? How do you find people beyound the reaches of modern sourcing tools? What do you do when technology fails? In southern Europe, for instance LI penetration is limited and many are not online or social media, hence the need for  artistry in sourcing.

From the land of Picasso comes a new way of finding talent. In this session, learn how having an artistic approach to sourcing can make all the difference, specially in sectors where technology have limited penetration.  Dani will explain what and how artistic sourcing can work and to apply creative methods to source people. Learn how to unlock the artist in you and your sourcing.

Highlights:
– How to treat sourcing like an artist
– How to negate the limited reach of technology in sourcing
– Artistic ways of thinking and finding talent

TACKLING SOURCING FAILURES AND HOW TO MITIGATE NEGATIVE OUTCOMES
KAREN AZULAI // ISRAELkarenazulaix505X235
Every sourcing practitioner knows that sourcing is seldom smooth, in fact for every success story there are endless sourcing failures. However, sourcing failures or disasters hardly get any mention or get discussed as much as the success stories.

Examples of unpleasant experiences with sourcing are rife – not able to find talent,  when to call a sourcing project quits, how to break bad news to stakeholders etc. In this session battled hardened sourcing practitioner Karen will explore the failures sourcers encounter on a daily basis and will address what hinders sourcing projects from succeeding. She will offer solutions and ways to mitigate the pains of sourcing failures.

Highlights:
– Defining & unearthing common sourcing failures
– Discuss ways to mitigate sourcing failures
– Chart new roadmap for sourcing success

TALENT HACK 2:0: GUERILLA SOURCING TECHNIQUES & HARNESSING THE DARK SIDE OF SOURCING
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How far will you go in the name of sourcing? Where do you draw the line when sourcing for talent? What can we learn from black hat hackers? Is social engineering a valid pursuit for sourcers? What technologies are pushing the boundaries of sourcing?

Building upon his popular presentation last year (hacking wifi and phones to find talent), master hacker Josef is back with new and perhaps controversial material. In this session Josef will again take the audience on a wild ride of what’s possible for sourcers to accomplish. Combining clever usage of everyday technology, with elements of social engineering José will demonstrate what sourcers could do, should they choose to broaden their mindset. This is a session where boundaries will be pushed and your imagination tested. Be prepared to go on a roller-coaster sourcing and candidate attraction ride.

Highlights:
–  Guerilla sourcing techniques
– How can everyday technology such as TV, radio or mobile phones betray us
– The vulnerability of sourcers and how to be on guard
– How to spark interest with talent without going blackhat

EMPOWERMENT & KPI DRIVEN SOURCING AT MICROSOFT (CASE STUDY)
thomstaightx505X235 THOM STAIGHT // MICROSOFT
How do you prepare and meet the future staffing needs for a tech behemoth? How do you scale your sourcing function to cover multiple geographical regions? How can you ensure a nimble team consistently exceed sourcing KPIs.

Thom manages a team of 50 sourcers at Microsoft across EMEA. In this session he will share Microsoft data driven approach to sourcing.  He will demonstrate how Microsoft harness data and build on their intelligence bank to source talent.  Thom will shed light on getting the best out of sourcing teams and individual recruiters, and ensure a KPI driven sourcing function.

Highlights
– How to harness data for better sourcing
– Competitive intelligence gathering for sourcing
– Empowering sourcers to be their best

TURNING YOUR PERSONAL BRAND INTO A SOURCING ADVANTAGE
jimx400x230JIM STROUD // RANDSTAD SOURCERIGHT
Your personal brand matters. As a sourcer, you’re not just asking a candidate to see and believe in a company or a job, you’re asking them to believe in you! That’s why a strong personal brand is a tremendous asset for any recruiter today. In this session, Jim Stroud, will provide insight on what it takes to build a strong personal brand that resonates with the candidates you seek.

He will share best practices, examples of the personal brand in action, and practical takeaways for boosting your ability to attract and engage great talent today. In a digital world where candidates can look you up just as quickly as you research them, this is a must-have perspective for driving great recruiting results.

Highlights:
– Why personal branding matters for sourcers
– How to ensure your sourcing brand stands out
– Improve engagement by investing in your brand

#SOSUHACK – HACKATHON RESULT

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Every year, one of the highlights at #SOSUEU is the ‘hacks’ – fresh and smart new ways of finding talent – contributed by speakers and delegates alike.  This year we are taking our love of hacking further by dedicating one day to sourcing hacks. We are delighted to announce a #hackathon or rather a #sosuhack day on 27 September.

The results of the hackathon will be shared at the event.

#SOSUEU DAY TWO CONFERENCE – THURSDAY 29 SEPTEMBER

10:00 AM-5:00 PM (RAI AMSTERDAM)

OPEN SOURCE INTELLIGENCE & LESSONS FROM INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM
henkx505X235HENK VAN ESS //SEARCH BISTRO
The sourcing function shared many similarities with investigative journalism.

Dutch born Henk van Ess is obsessed by finding news in data.  European media houses, like Axel Springer, Persgroep, European Broadcasting Union and Schibsted love his literal and lateral thinking and hire Henk on a regular basis to spill his secrets. He rarely appears in public conferences, so this is your chance to find out the best tricks in internet research.

Highlights
– Learning from the OSIT
– What is the cure to sourcing ailments
– Finding stories in data

SOURCING IS DEAD. LONG LIVE SOURCING. RE-THINKING THE ROLE SOURCING
balazsx505X235BALAZS PAROCZAY // RANDSTAD SOURCERIGHT
The traditional definition of sourcing is limited. The way we look at sourcing is broken and it need to be fixed.  Find why sourcing will be limited in its appeal if it is not re-thinked, redefined and re-hacked. In this session Balazs will explore the ills facing the sourcing profession and the sourcing community and will suggest a radical new way of interpreting and more importantly conducting sourcing.

Highlights
– What ills sourcing in organisations
– What is the cure to sourcing ailments
– New sourcing thinking for a new age

TOOLS FOR A NEXT GENERATION SOURCING TOOLBOX
jonathanx505x235JONATHAN CAMPBELL // SOCIAL TALENT
It is estimated in excess of 20 thousand software products vie for a sourcer’s attention. How can sourcers make sense of the multitude of tools available?

A ninja is always armed with a myriad of weapons and tools to be effective. How can sourcers be more like Ninjas? The tools and techniques required to source talent changes rapidly.  In this session Jonathan will show what new tools can be used to improve productivity. From browser extentions to free software tools, Jonathan will demonstrate how sourcers can source like a Ninja.

Navigate what’s new and what’s effective to put into your toolbox.  Take control of tools.

Takeaways:
– Productivity tools to enhance name sourcing
– Free software tools for email generation
– Social hacks for sourcing

GROWTH HACKING FOR GROWING SOURCING REACH AND EFFECTIVENESS
GuillaumeAlexandrex505X235GUILLAUME ALEXANDRE // GATES SOLUTIONS
How do you magnify your sourcing effectiveness? Can automation help with sourcing productivity? How can sourcers balance the varying demands on their time by

In this session tech nerd Guillaume will borrow from growth hacking philosophy and apply it to scale sourcing reach and effectiveness. He will showcase some of the tools and techniques which  can amplifies the reach and effectiveness of sourcers.

Highlight
– Borrow from the concept of growth hacking
– Automating sourcing drudgery for productivity
– Sourcing productivity for everyday sourcing tasks

DIRECT SOURCING WITH HR CASE STUDY – VIMPELCOM
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One of the hardest tasks a sourcer have to overcome is actually selling the value of sourcing to internal stakeholders, especially to the HR department. How can you effectively sell and prove the ROI of sourcing to the HR department, even better actually have HR directly involved in the process.

In this eye opening session learn how Vimpelcom sourced 50 developers withing six months without any ads or advertising. A true case study of what direct sourcing really entails.

Highlights:
– Getting HR involved in sourcing
– Case study of how 50 developers are sourced directly
– Selling the benefits of sourcing to different stakeholders

SOURCING USING CANDIDATE PERSONASsandorx505X235
SANDOR SNOEREN// TALENTMAPPER

As a sourcer you’re not only bringing in candidates on req’s or put them in talent pools. Increasingly sourcers are being asked to provide labor market intelligence to the business or HR department of their organization. But how do you deliver qualitative insights besides the numbers and names?

In his talk Sandor zooms in how you as a sourcer can leverage the concept of persona’s to provide your organization with actionable high impact insights into relevant target groups.

Highlights
– Using candidates personas for sourcing
– Role of market intelligence in sourcing
– Roadmap to build candidate personas

BUILDING TOOLS FOR PRODUCTIVE ENGAGEMENTS WITH CANDIDATES
SHANE McCUSKER // INTELLIGENCE  shanex505X235
Engagement with candidates is key, but can technology assist in improving the relationship? In this session Shane will explore new tools and technology that sourcers can harness to improve their ability to maintain meaningful relationships with the talent community. Shane will explore automation, hacks and shortcuts that will make the life of sourcers easier.

Following in his tradtion of using the #sosude platform to announce new tools and hacks each year, Shane will deliver new insights exclusively at the event. Voted one of the most popular speakers last year, you can trust to bring something new to the event. In a nutshell, in this session you will learn the myriad tools available to enhance relationship and improve engagement.

Highlights
– New hacks and tools for productivity
– Engaging better with candidates
– Surprise announcement

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ONLINE CONTACT DETAILS HUNT
IRINA SHAMAEVA // BRAINGAIN
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Data does not equals intelligence. Effective research and intelligence gathering often means the difference between success and failure. Learn how to plan, gather and use information as opposed to accumulating data. In this session Karen,  who cuts her teeth in the super competitive Israeli talent market, will demonstrate how to go about hunting for the right information and not just data.

Karen will highlight some of the innovative tools she use to convert information into actionable intelligence.

Highlights:
– Learn the importance of conducting proper research
– Differentiate between intelligence and data
– Apply intelligent information for more engagement

FINDING UNCONVENTIONAL TALENT USING UNCONVENTIONAL METHODS
WILLEM WIJNANS // IMPROBABLEwillemx505X235
Hard to find and in-demand talent often need unconventional methods to reach them.  In this session Willem will take the road less traveled to find talent.  The presentation will give attendees some unconventional ideas for sourcing hard to find candidates that may not be found on traditional social media sites.  This session will take attendees on a tour of creative and sometimes controversial sites for locating the best candidates.

Three things to learn:
– Discover how to “crowd source” uncommon sites
– Take the road less travel to find talent across Europe.
– A wealth of detailed candidate information that may not be accessible anywhere else

TRANSITIONING RECRUITERS INTO SOURCERS – BOEHRINGER CASE STUDY
SOEREN FRICKENSCHMIDT // BOEHRINGERsoerenx505X235

Boehringer boasts one of the biggest talent acquisition team in Germany. It’s a fascinating story of how a large company is overhauling its recruitment function to become more like a sourcing unit.

It’s an ongoing journey, where recruiters are transitioned to think and behave more like sourcers. Soeren, will share some of the war stories managing the transition, the challenges faced and the victories achieved.

Highlights
– Challenges of transitioning recruiters to sourcers
– Training recruiters to be sourcers
– Selling benefits of sourcing to senior management

COLLABORATIVE SOURCING – HARNESSING THE WISDOM OF THE CROWD FOR FINDING TALENT
AlexandrePachulksix505X235ALEXANDRE PACHULKSI // HELLO TALENT
The collaborative economy is upon us. The tools and medium to harness the wisdom of the crowd is quickly improving. Can collaborative learning be applied in sourcing? In this session hear from Alexandre, one of France’s leading authority on HR tech, on the sharing economy and how the principles can be used in recruitment.

He will highlight companies already making great in-roads in using collaborative tools and techniques to engage with talent.  Alexandre, will shed lights on the challenges of collaboration and how to make it work.

Highlights:
– Harness the wisdom of the crowd for sourcing
– Collaborating to find talent
– Apply intelligent information for more engagement

COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE GATHERING FOR INNOVATIVE SOURCING

mattx505X235MATT BARNEY // INDEED
Data does not equals intelligence. Effective research and intelligence gathering often means the difference between success and failure. Learn how to plan, gather and use information as opposed to accumulating data. In this session Matt will demonstrate how to go about hunting for the right information and not just data.

Matt will highlight some of the innovative ways information can be converted into actionable intelligence.

Highlights:
– Learn the importance of conducting proper research
– Differentiate between intelligence and data
– Apply intelligent information for more engagement

FUTURE SOURCING – HOW TO RECRUIT IN A WORLD OF ROBOTS AND AUTOMATION
jimx400x230JIM STROUD // RANDSTAD SOURCERIGHT
Everyone is talking about Artificial Intelligence and the age of smart robots and their wide-ranging implications on society in general. But what does the future holds for sourcers in a world where algorithm and smart technology rules? Will the middle-man role survive? What does the future hold for sourcers? Part crystal grazing and part

Highlights:
– Exploring the future tech landscape for sourcers
– How to ensure sourcers survive automation and algorithm dominated landscape
– How to use technology

2016 FORMAT – WHAT TO EXPECT THIS YEAR

SOURCING HACKATHON

This year we are adding a third day for a sourcing hackathon. Teams of hackers will be formed and each team will tackle assignments of their choice.  Teams will present their hacks on day two and winners will be announced.

BEGINNER WORKSHOPS

For those new to sourcing, we are introducing hands-on workshops on day one. This is for people who are fairly new to sourcing and want to have a good grasp on the fundamentals of talent sourcing.

DIRECTORS ROUND TABLE

This year we will introduce a round table discussion group for senior recruitment leaders. The event will be exclusively for in-house sourcing leaders to share and discuss about their sourcing challenges and successes.

#SOURCING BUDDY

#SOSUEU is also about networking and making new friends. This year we decided to take it to a new level and assign conference buddy to all delegates. Enjoy meeting new friends and learn together by sharing.

#SOSUSOCIAL DRINKS

#SOSUEU is not all work, after the day’s events are over we will have networking drinks. This year we will have a couple of official programs. Be ready to socialise, and get to know your peers from all over the world over a few drinks.

SOURCING UNCONFERENCE

This year we will add an unconference session for everyone to be involved in discussions.  There will be free sharing of information with an opportunity to learn in a new and engaging format.

SOURCING CASE STUDIES

#SOSUEU will focus extensively on how sourcing is defined, performed and measured by corporations.  Delegates will learn from companies like Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, vimpelcom, Scytl etc on how they tackle talent sourcing.

SOURCING LAB

Delegates will learn the latest sourcing wizardry and hacks.  There will be breakout sessions on both days dedicated to live sourcing. Delegates can bring their sourcing challenges for our speakers to tackle, in an interactive format.

GENERAL SESSIONS

Once again we will cover all aspects of sourcing in a way that #sosude is well known for – an uncompromising dissection and analysis of all things sourcing in Europe.  #sosude16 promises to be our best event yet.

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