Why It’s Good I Lack Sourcing Confidence Going Into 2016!

HR ideas…from Jeffery Giesener – CEO – SourceMob.com

Every January I take a big GULP! I have since I first started recruiting. All I can think about is that no matter how well (or badly) I did last year, I have to start all over again.

Right now, a lyric from an old John Denver tune keeps replaying in my head. I’ve been haunted by it since my days at DoubleClick: “I can’t be contented with yesterday’s glory”.

Last year is gone. Finito. Passed into oblivion. That’s why I gulp. I wonder if I’m capable of succeeding – again.

Many people are surprised I feel that way. But the truth is, I’m not alone. Many of you are gulping right now, wondering if you’ll be able to reach your new (higher) quota. Or if you set your own goals, that can be even more daunting. Some of you are wondering how will I be able to do more with less budget, people and other resources.

We, who live in a culture of bravado, look with envy at our overtly-confident colleagues. We wish we could be like them.

But according to research, our fretting and angsting is a good thing. It causes us to spend more time analyzing our situation, creating new options, developing expertise and mastering skills.

Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, author of Confidence, offers this advice: “Your goal should actually be to maintain low confidence” and that we should “never be satisfied with our results.”  If we are, we’ll start falling behind – and won’t even know it.

Here’s what I’m wrestling with right now:

  • I’m wondering what I need to do to stay up-to-date in today’s ever-evolving recruiting environment.
  • I’m worrying about how I can better manage my time to achieve all my goals – and still have a life.
  • I am wondering what other recruiting tools I should be using that I am not?
  • I’m want to know what emerging HR Marketing strategies will drive my candidate flow in 2016 – and looking for how I can best leverage them.

So there you have it. I lack confidence. But because I’m wrestling with these issues, I’m hoping I can get ahead of the game.

Here’s My Plan for 2016

I’m not going to spend even one second of time fretting about my angst. Instead, I’ll celebrate my doubts and leverage them to get the results I’m hoping for this year.

I’ll look forward to where I’m going – making sure that I focus the only things I can control. My competence and hard work.

And the topper for 2016 is I want to educate myself in the areas where I know I am the weakest. Where I have yet to spend my precious time. So guess what…now is the best time of the year to save yourself a seat in SourceMob’s educational webinars in January. There are four of them. To reserve your seat, click on www.sourcemob.com/events

ABOUT SOURCEMOB: SourceMob integrates Internet, social, talent community, HR Analytics and social listening solutions, HR Marketing Services and mobile recruiting solutions to help talent acquisition professionals recruit the very best candidates for tough-to-fill positions. SourceMob’s solutions seamlessly distribute conversations, engagement and job content, all done on autopilot, providing a job posting springboard to over 3.5 million candidate profiles on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and all of the major search engines. We help you engage with your candidates and capture niche passive candidates. Our solutions also enable Mobile Quick Apply and candidate application management services to create more efficiency and lower recruiting costs. Plus you won’t need your IT Team or HR Department to implement them. That is the beauty of the SourceMob platform.

Looking forward to hearing from you…



Jeffery Giesener





Twitter: @sourcemob or @thegies




Post idea Jill Conrad adapted for HCM by Jeffery Giesener