The only thing cooler than having a conference in your home city is to have it hosted by your employer. I was lucky enough to snag a seat to the hottest sourcing conference around and the first time ever in Seattle. My day started out like any other, except instead of heading to my office I got to join 400+ recruiters and sourcers from across the country at The Mixer. Need a haircut? New eye glasses? Want to check out the latest bicycles? We have all that and more at the Commons, plus a ton of great food court style restaurants. But I digress…
The best part of this event so far has been reconnecting with people I met at Talent42 and TruSeattle plus finally getting face to face with people I only know from social media. Jeremy Roberts kicked off the event with a great presentation (blog post coming on that) and then we broke into three separate tracks – Leadership, Tactical, and Sourcing Lab.
I stuck with the tactical track as it seemed to be geared towards the more junior sourcers. I’ve been in recruiting for over a decade and am no Boolean slouch, but I’ve typically been full cycle and not solely focused on candidate generation. I have to admit I finished the day wishing I’d gone for more technical tracks. The content was ok, but the Boolean track was definitely very junior. I guess I’m a better sourcer than I thought.
Glen Gutmacher gave an outstanding presentation on web-scraping, and I did learn a lot from that one. The after party started with drinks and I finally got to hang out with Phil Hendrickson from Starbucks (also a panelist) who I’ve been chasing on Twitter (@IslandDad) for years. I also got to learn more about JobFig from the always charming Ravi Mikkelsen and met the lovely Kelsey Sampson from Avature. If you’re in the market for a CRM you must talk to her.
Overall a great start to a fantastic networking event – I’ll definitely take a harder look at the presentations and hopefully pick better sessions for me, though it is nice to see content available across all levels. Then there's the downside to having a conference in your home town - I still have to go HOME. Kids still want to be fed, dog still needs to be walked.... Maybe the next time I blog a conference it can be from somewhere sunny and far away like Vegas.