HR Advisors Conference Blog

Further thoughts from the conference or about the challenges of being in an HR Advisory role.

Might as well face it, you’re addicted to sourcing!

By Angela Atkins

At the HR Advisors Conference in January, Troy Hammond came and presented on different ways you can source candidates yourself – going out to find them rather than letting them come to you. It was clear from the start his session was going to be a little different with Troy wearing Star Wars jandals and a possible inappropriate t-shirt and blasting out Miley Cyrus!!

For myself and Aaron McIntosh, who both know Troy from Twitter – it was fantastic getting to meet him in real life.


Troy started off by challenging everyone in room, who while in HR roles all have recruitment as part of their responsibilities – that it’s not good enough anymore to say you have no time for sourcing.  He started by talking about LinkedIn and that many people come in a like a wrecking ball (cue Miley Cyrus!) whereas many recruiters have actually now turned LinkedIn job pop ups off. What works far better is to search for secret people who may have spelled job titles incorrectly. It doesn’t mean that they’re not great at their job (although possibly not good to hire as a proof reader!).

But as well as LinkedIn, you can search on Slideshare for people. If someone has presented at an event they probably know what they are doing in their field.

Gethub is a site where developers can showcase their code. To be honest this was where Troy lost me in a world of links and codes. If I was recruiting in this area I think it would be far easier to talk to Troy than try and figure out who’s code is good or not!!

Slack is being used by many conferences or groups and so you may be able to find candidates in a slack channel. Twitter is also a great place to find candidates who are sharing information, and are more innovative in their approach.

Troy also talked about having to source a candidate for a hologram company. They had showed him an algorithm of what they wanted the person to know. Then one night watching the TV series Silicon Valley – he saw the algorithm!! One of the cast had it up on a whiteboard. Troy couldn’t believe it. He ended up finding out who had scripted the show and who they consulted to about the algorithm and the guy ended up being sourced!!

When Troy went to hire his team at TalentArmy he put out a challenge. He created a fake candidate and had a challenge around finding this person. In the end an Italian woman who couldn’t speak great English blitzed the challenge and so he hired her!

It is really scary for many companies when TalentArmy tell them they are NOT going to do an advert. They are going to find people.  But their results have been amazing.

For many HR people, the staple when recruiting is an advert on SEEK or TradeMeJobs. Looking at HR Advisors of the future – it’s going to be about spending time finding the right candidates rather than having them come to you.

Troy’s final advice was:

  • It’s addictive doing sourcing (while listening to music is even better)
  • If it’s part of your job then be awesome at it
  • Go and get a bloody nose. Make mistakes and move on.

Here were a couple of tweets following his session:


And what about that t-shirt you ask?



The HR Advisors Conference next travels to the UK and runs in London on 12 – 13 July. For more about that click here. And then we’re off to Melbourne on 10 – 11 October. For more about that click here.

Thank you to Troy for a great session and we look forward to hearing about more sourcing tips from London and Australia later in the year!



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