This post is for all of you Talent Acquisition wannabe gurus out there wondering if there are smarter ways to find hidden talent.

The good news is that there are. (Try saying this 10 times fast)

Find your path at this year’s Sourcing Summit (#sosuau) in Sydney June 14&15!

You’ll learn from accomplished global sourcing practitioners who’ll be talking on the latest trends, tools and strategies.

Find out, for example, how you can accelerate your influence and impact by applying growth hacking methods to your sourcing tactics from guest speaker Billy McDiarmid.

Billy, one of the brilliant new voices in global sourcing, is speaking at #sosuau this year.
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The first thing to do is get a good headline!

But before I go into how to do this, I need a short rant…

LinkedIn, oh LinkedIn what HAVE you done?

Why are you no longer displaying the summary section in full?

You do know its so tough to get people to click through to see more content, don’t you?

As a writer, I LOVED the summary section. It was a great place for people to to sell their story.

It was the place people could translate the benefit of their experience to future employers.

They had the opportunity to explain what they were passionate about, the difference they’d like to make in the world, and above all seem human.

And LinkedIn displayed it prominently on the profile page.

The summary section was also a great place to pitch a career change, or to promote something that was not obvious from reading about someone’s experience.

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OK I admit it.

I can actually procrastinate severely sometimes.

My version of procrastination is regularly putting things I need to do for other people before things I need to do for myself. I find myself saying yes to a request for help, before I stop and think about whether I should do it.


Like most things in life, there’s a positive to this.

I think it makes me a good friend and a generous contributor to other people’s lives (I hope).

However I know there are a few reasons for my procrastination.

The reasons that are easy to admit to are these. [click to continue…]


If I was an alien looking down on planet earth, I might make the following observations about life on this strange planet:

“Humans live in a society that has adopted some unusual cultural mind sets. Of significance, the species appears to be infected with a curious case of ‘Mondayitis’ – a pervasive disease that affects the entire working population.”

The prognosis for this disease is poor:

“Humans appear to have no known cure to the perils of working life, except in retirement. They are confined to a life of suffering and hard labour. Temporary relief can only be found in the occasional ‘sick day’ or ‘dream holiday’ overseas.”

Worse still, the onset of the disease is confronting:

“Symptoms of ‘Mondayitis’ first appear to develop on Sunday afternoon. The human experiences a state of ‘blues’, when the individual realizes that a return to work is imminent. The human appears to experience a ‘sense of loss’, ‘depression’ and ‘anxiety’ at the thought of going back to work.”

As much as I joke about this, there is a very serious side to the Monday morning freak out. [click to continue…]


Last week I wrote a blog post on my own personal happiness project.

The aim was to keep me accountable for the actions I wanted to take.

These were:

– Write down 3 things I have enjoyed the previous day
– Write down 3 positive things about people I have met
– Write down 3 things I have accomplished (positive only)
– 30 minutes of exercise
– 20 minutes of meditation
– One act of kindness where I expect nothing in return
– Have that extra glass of wine if it helps 😉

The idea was that momentum creates motivation, and that there are small changes that I could make that would increase my sense of well-being.

As much as I hate to admit this, but the most surprising motivator I have found has been having a printed check list that I have kept out on my desk as a reminder. [click to continue…]


Can changing your actions really change your mindset?

Like almost half the population I have made a new years’ resolution.

I was inspired by this article in The Sydney Morning Herald which cited research that revealed resolutions made at new year have a greater chance of success compared to resolutions made at other times.

I am talking about this publicly in the interest of my own accountability which apparently is good for my style of habit-forming.

As an obliger I tend to put the needs of others before myself. So I do need others to help keep me accountable.

My goal is about taking specific physical action to achieve a sense of contentment and wellbeing. [click to continue…]