While having an email exchange with my friend Lisa Amorao (@leese), she mentioned to me a certain req that she needed filled. As we talked, I figured out that this was a req unlike most. As we went back and forth about what she was looking for, I was reminded about always sticking to the sourcing process, no matter what the req.
Here’s a quick background about Lisa for the story: Besides being an avid Social Marketer in the staffing industry, Lisa is also an open-water / cold-water swimming fanatic. Whether it’s around the SF Bay Area, or anyplace that she travels to (provided there’s a nearby ocean), she will be there swimming. She mentioned to me that she needed to find a Cold-Water Swim Coach, or as she put it, a Cold Water Sherpa.
Now I immediately realized that the “Cold Water Sherpa” title might not be an officially recognized one, so I did what any right minded sourcer would do, follow the sourcing process:
- Conduct the req intake meeting (or as we call it, the req huddle)
- Ask questions during the req huddle to clarify, and pitch alternative profile ideas
- Find out what the “must haves” are, and think of multiple ways to find those qualifications
- Talk about places that these candidates might hang out at (besides the beach…DUH!)
So here is what the req ended up being: Continue reading