Photo courtesy of Craig Fisher

So last week was, for me at least, three days of TRU events; all arranged by Bill Boorman and Geoff Webb. First of all there was TRU Source, and then there was two days of TRU London. And what a fab three days it was!

But let’s start with TRU Source, and I’ll do a separate post for TRU London…

Wednesday saw me hauling my suitcase up some narrow stairs in an office in Covent Garden (actually, that’s somewhat of a lie – Brendan Murphy carried both mine and his bags most of the way up… What a gent! :)) to be met with a room overflowing with people. The group was split into two and (on the grounds that there was no way I was lugging my bag back down the stairs, plus it seemed unkind to ask Brendan to do it for me again having only just got it to the third floor) I stayed put!

We started the morning with Marie Journey and Jim Stroud. What a pair! Now I hate to get all gushy, but I have to say, TRU Source was an excellent event IMHO and I loved everyone there. Both Marie and Jim just had this unsurpressable energy and passion for sourcing, combined with an infinite knowledge of resources. I’d cleverly left my notebook and my netbook in the bottom of my suitcase so resorted to taking notes on the back of my old shopping lists until my kindly neighbour lent me half his notepad (and believe me I needed it!)

We broke for lunch early (Marie was hungry!) and had a chance for networking and chit chat. I got my first hug from Jim Stroud (the first of many, I might add – he’s such a hugslut!) and then Geoff Web did a bit of ad libbing and a Q&A session with us while we waited for the second session to start.

The afternoon brought with it a change of faces and we had another fantastic session with Katharine Robinson and Irina Shamaeva. Irina is, like, the goddess of all things boolean and was a fountain of search knowledge! Katharine was the UK sourcing representative and had oodles of useful rousources for us to look at. She also started the session with an excellent example of why you should be searching for people and not for CV’s – only two people in the room had current CV’s online! And there must have been over 20 of us!

I’m not even going to begin to tell you everything I learned because a) it will take too long b) you should have gone yourself, and c)… well there isn’t a c), sorry. I have to say though that I thoroughly enjoyed the day and came away feeling at least 5 IQ points more intelligent than I went in!

TRU Source was, IMHO, rather overshadowed by TRU London and I think that was a real shame. While TRU London was a fantastic event, TRU Source was an unsurpassed learning experience and I think it deserved it’s own moment of glory. Despite spending some six hours with five of the best sourcers out there, I also felt we’d hardly scratched the surface, and this was emphasised on Friday when I attended the TRU London Sourcing track and found I was still learning a raft of new skills!

I hope that Bill and Geoff run more UK sourcing events because I think there’s a lot we recruiters can learn. Next time, though, maybe we need a two day event for TRU Source by itself!


9 Responses to “Unlearn”

  1. 1 weston007 February 23, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Well, I now know why you were so hyper Wednesday morning when we met for a coffee, it seems like you had a great time, and for those of us poor sods that didn’t go, there is always (hopefully) next year!!

    • 2 Wendy February 24, 2010 at 4:32 pm

      What do you mean?! It was you who made me hyper for the rest of the day with that gallon of coffee! 😉 Seriously though – I had the caffeine come-down shakes by lunchtime!

      Think you could handle a roomful of recruiters next time then…?

  2. 3 Sarah Nguyen February 23, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Lovely photo, but I can’t see your muscles!

    I’d be interested in hearing a bit more about what you learned if you feel like sharing in a future post/email :).

    • 4 Wendy February 24, 2010 at 4:33 pm

      I know – I don’t have any really!

      I will be sharing my learning in future posts but would like a chance to try some stuff out first and see what works best for me before reviewing. Let you know when it’s up!

  3. 5 Jim Stroud February 23, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    THANK YOU so much for coming to TruSource and TruLondon! I made a new friend and a WONDERFUL hugger. But you know I am a slut for such things. (smile)

    Your URL for hugslut seems to be off a bit. May I suggest you link instead to: http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23hugslut



    • 6 Wendy February 24, 2010 at 4:34 pm

      No, thank YOU for coming and being all huggable! 🙂

      And thanks for the url fix – should be working now!

  4. 7 Jim Stroud February 23, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Ah! I see that Twitter redirects the URL to a profile. (Bugger!) Try this link for a work around:



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