A van full of SourceCon Challenge finalists and winners
A van full of SourceCon Challenge finalists and winners

The SourceCon community is very important to me. As a professional, it’s where I found “my people” for the first time. Personally, the friendships I have made by being a part of this unique group have developed into some of my most cherished relationships. I think that any recruiter or sourcer who is not diving into this community head first is missing out.

One of the easiest ways to involve yourself in the community is to participate in the annual SourceCon Challenge. The challenge has been going since the beginning of SourceCon and the winners are some of the most savvy sourcers in the business.

Here are 4 reasons you should participate in the 2016 challenge…

  1. It’s fun. You should be doing what you do for a living because you enjoy it. This is a chance to hunt things down online and compete with some of the best sourcers in the country.
  2. Stretch yourself. When you work at one company and you’re constantly focusing on one type of candidate profile, your skills can suffer. The SourceCon challenge is created by some very technical sourcers. They will force you to visit sites you don’t normally frequent and solve problems in ways your regular duties will not.
  3. SourceCon is an amazing community. Participating in the challenge will allow you to interact with other professional sourcers and learn from them throughout the competition. If you’re lucky enough to make it to the finals, you’ll be a part of an elite group of professionals who always support each other throughout the year. They also have some cool private parties before and after events that most people never hear about.
  4. The SourceCon challenge winners are highly sought after professionals. Let’s face it. We all want to be recognized for what we do. SourceCon challenge winners get notoriety and are immediately recognized as being at the top of their game. The coolest part is that you can be brand new to the business and win the challenge. Seniority has nothing to do with it. Scrappy, practical, and outside-of-the-box thinking wins the challenge.

The challenge started on the 8th but there is still time to jump into the mix!

I look forward to seeing you all in Anaheim in September!