I am a huge advocate of training. One of my favorite former employers required all of their employees to attend training of their choice annually and that was a huge benefit that they even extended to contractors, like myself, and I took full advantage of it.
Over the years, I’ve attended sourcing training from a variety of vendors and of course am a bit partial to AIRS, I did work for them collaborating on the development of courses as well as investigating new resources (that’s my disclaimer folks!). But, I haven’t just been to AIRS, a long time ago in the land of DC I attended NetRecruiter Internet Training, JobMachine Cybersleuth training and even did a course through the University of Toronto (online of course). I’ve attended conferences as well, and conferences are great for gathering up nuggets of knowledge, but it’s the follow through when you return to home base that’s critical.
In 2012 we have a plethora, yes a plethora of training options on our horizon. Who you use is going to be impacted most importantly by content and by what you have available to spend and whether or not the additional expense of travel is an option.
In case you don’t frequent BooleanStrings or other sourcing havens, some of the vendors that have been bandied about in the cyberworld are:
I always check in on AIRS, I like that they offer challenge questions on Friday so I can see if my skills are still up to par and their overall offerings are great for an all-encompassing view of how to source.
I have to admit that I am most intrigued by BrainGain’s PeopleSourcing, it’s not a huge time investment and I’m always looking for someone to show me something I don’t know…Irina Shamaeva, a former Sourcecon Grandmaster, might be able to do that.
But The Sourcing Institute isn’t one to disregard either, what’s interesting there is you are purchasing an annual training membership and it’s leveled, so you can really look at the courses most important to you at your level of career and where you want to go, there’s concepts covered in TSI’s offerings.
Many of the vendors offer a certification…is it necessary to get certified? That’s arguable. But what a certification can do is open doors when your resume is up in a queue with 20 other sourcers. As long as the people hiring sourcers know about the certification and what it quantifies or better yet, know how to test a sourcer to make sure they can walk the walk as well as talk the talk.
Whatever training you choose, the most important thing, the very most important thing is to practice what you’ve learned. To this day I am a firm believer in devoting 30 minutes of every day to a new site or tactic to extract information. The more you practice, the more adept you’ll be at quickly locating the talent your hiring managers need.
Have you taken any of the classes above? Know someone who has? Hit me in the comments with which one you favor and why…