That’s a Wrap! Closing Thoughts From The 2017 Spring SourceCon Conference

This doesn’t happen every day.

I wanted to give a big thank you to SourceCon, the presenters, the ERE crew, and most of all you amazing attendees.

You make this conference exceptional. Your thirst for knowledge and seeing the “wow” moments happening before me take me back to my first SourceCon, my first big “real” conference. Your “wow” moments are our “wow” moments. I relive that feeling every time I see a mind blown. The data is out there; you just have to know how to find it.

This picture says it all, a tool, a site, knowledge, an answer, a fix, a hack.


Whatever you were looking for, we hope you’ve found it. I got into recruiting to help people; I never thought I’d be part of something like this or get the chance to meet all of you. Heck, I didn’t even think I’d get past the first round of the Hackathon, but I learned a massive amount from the folks sitting next to me.  #mindblown

You guys and gals, you made this conference, and I hope to see your thoughts posted on the SourceCon Facebook Group and see you at future conferences. The first person I met at my first SourceCon was a finalist at the Hackathon. Marc Spiron, it was great to see you in the Sourcers Final Four. It’s outstanding to see that success from others.

Take these ideas and concepts and innovate and create. That’s the trick, find what works best for your team and then elaborate.

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I challenge you to blow our minds because I’ve seen so many gears turning, you just have to take hold of it and believe.

To you the attendee, anything is possible if you believe and turn to your #CircleOfSourcing, I’m living proof, and truly humbled.

I’m still a tool guy that gets to talk about tools, but I hope this helps, and happy hunting!

Don’t forget to check out the Fall agenda for SourceCon’s 10 year anniversary in Austin, Texas.

Greg Hawkes is a Strategic Talent Sourcer, Speaker, Author, and Founder of the HRSourcingToolbox. He has worked as both a Technical Recruiter and Sourcing Analyst for healthcare, engineering, biotechnology, manufacturing and many other industries. He has been in the recruitment field for over 10 years, and got into heavy sourcing and headhunting back in 2012. He is an ongoing contributor to SourceCon – with topics ranging from Site Searches and CSEs, to Deep Dives andURL Sourcing. While preparing to speak at SourceCon 2017, he built the HRSourcingToolbox with a large inventory of Free Recruitment and Sourcing Tools. He has recently joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as a Strategic Sourcer and loving every minute of it! He is a huge fan of emerging technologies and Boolean Syntax and always willing to share a technique or hack to find the elusive purple squirrel.


1 Comment on “That’s a Wrap! Closing Thoughts From The 2017 Spring SourceCon Conference

  1. What goes around comes around, Greg. What you’ve received from others that brought you to this point of inspiring others- you’ve given back. Speaking from experience- one of my treasured moments at the Fall SourceCon was during the Hackathon – when taking the challenge- you leaned over, looked at my screen and said- “I’m so proud of you!” Wow. I thought you were one of my parents at parent-school night! It inspired me then- and still does. Thanks for all you do. It just comes natural- that’s the best part.

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