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Recruitment Buzz Meets: Gordon and Kim Lokenberg of Wescon Sourcing BV

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With the Recruitment Agency Expo just a few weeks away, we at Recruitment Buzz are eager to gain  an insight into what we can expect from the 2-day event. With technology always at the heart of the exhibition, we were thrilled to interview Gordon and Kim, the recruitment couple from Amsterdam that have worked on the far end of Recruitment for many years.

Can  you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background?

Kim: I started working in hardcore advertising 20 years ago, handling global clients traveling around, organizing the craziest things, in the past 10 years I combined my advertising skills with recruitment. Nowadays I am leading  Wescon Sourcing bv, a company specialized in OSINT skills and knowledge which are commercially attractive to sourcers and recruiters.

Gordon: I became part of the recruitment industry about 20 years ago, worked on both Agency and Corporate side on a global level. Have been training recruiters and sales people on internet skills since 2007, also launched one of the first Mobile Recruitment apps in 2009 and won the first global people sourcing contest in 2012. Currently creative in supporting the business at Wescon Sourcing.

Can you tell us more about your company?

In our company we are a firm believer of get out there and meet people. By meeting people you get a better understanding of what is happening out there. With this knowledge we are able to help others. Therefor, taking this into the recruitment industry we have been able to support companies in a wide variety of recruitment issues. Whether it is about bringing companies together, filling roles or helping them to become more efficient themselves.

We also think recruiters should no longer only post their jobs and pray for the best person for to reply.

We mentioned OSINT before, it stands for Open Source Intelligence, simplified the stuff you may find on the internet where you don’t always have to pay for. That is where the Sourcing part comes in. Instead of post and pray, we go out there and find them ourselves.

Could you give us a sneak preview of your seminar at the expo?

We will talk about sourcing an the impact of it on Recruitment. There are a lot of misconceptions about sourcing in the industry. We will try to take these away.

We will discuss our view, which has helped many organisations already, on what sourcing could mean for your organisation and why we believe this should get more serious attention in your recruitment strategy.

And of course we show you how sourcing could be added to your current activities if you have put the effort and mindset to it, in no time!

Looking to 2019, what do you see as the biggest opportunities for the recruitment sector?

Getting the opportunity in creating more time to invest in your client as well as in your candidate partnerships, since technology will back you up more than ever before. The bots will be talking to your candidates, connect with them on Linkedin or where ever, screen them and invite them, where you are able to spend more face2face time at the moments when it really matters. Is there anything on the horizon the recruitment sector should be worried about?

It looks like we are running out of candidates… And we think we will if we are only looking for local people. We think, when we open up more to this world, when we like to invest more in the other person, we wouldn’t have that.

What are your thoughts on Brexit and its impacts on your space?

We have already lost some clients due to the Brexit, they couldn’t oversee the impact, and this already starting last year. Since a lot is still uncertain we can only hope for the best and take away the anxiety for the unknown.

What’s the most important piece of advice you would give a recruiter?

Keep in mind recruitment is like being a doctor if someone is not feeling well, you would like to help him. Next to that at this point in time your candidate is your client, so treat them as such.

It is a 24/7 job, it is up to you how many hours you spent and what your results will be in the end.

Automation: friend or foe to recruitment?

Both; We love automation, we like to do less repetitive things, but we will never forget: this is about people. They should always be #1.

What advice would you give to anyone attending the expo this year?

Get involved, ask as many questions as possible and share your knowledge.