Recently, Chris Russell launched a new website called – 99events. 99events searches 5 event sites: Meetup, Eventbrite, Facebook and Ticketleap. I like the concept of 99events because not only can it assist me with my networking events (which is what it was designed for) but, its a great sourcing tool as well.
Case in point, let’s say I was looking to recruit some java developers in Atlanta, Ga. (Go Falcons!) I would do a query along these lines.
Now in this case, all the results are from Meetup. Not a problem, I simply click on one of the results. In this case, “Rails Girls Atlanta.” (Result #1)
I am taken to the homepage of the event. Two links stand out to me. The first is a link to the Organizer of the event (b). Once I sign into Meetups (which I can do for free), I can send the Organizer a message via the “Contact” link. (a) The second link that catches my eye is the number of club members – 43. (c) When I click the “43″ I am taken to a page displaying the members of the club and a bit of information about them all.
One of the members is “Leslie Wanner.” She is new to the industry, but let’s pretend that she’s an expert for demo purposes. (Cool?) I click on her name and am taken to her Meetup Profile page.
Once there, I can send her an email via the Meetup website or, connect with her via her other social network profiles: Facebook, Twitter and/or LinkedIn. (make sense?)
And even if this is not a perfect match for what I want, I have at least 42 more options to consider. Make sense? Unfortunately, each event site that 99events covers sin’t laid out like this. Still, at the very least, you should be able to reach out to the organizer of the event or attend it. (What a novel idea!) Either way, I like 99events for all the sourcing possibilities. What do you think? Leave me a comment below to discuss.
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Over the past decade, Jim Stroud has built an expertise in lead generation strategies, social media recruiting, video production, podcasting, online research, competitive intelligence, community management and training. He has consulted for such companies as Microsoft, Google, MCI, Siemens and a host of startup companies. Presently, Jim Stroud is the Director of Sourcing and Social Strategy for Bernard Hodes Group. (The best job ever!)
Prior to Hodes, Jim Stroud has created and sold three online properties, managed an award-winning blog, published a weekly newsletter for jobseekers, a recruiter training magazine and co-hosted a popular technology podcast. Jim Stroud has also produced multiple web series devoted to such topics as: job search, recruiting, technology and language learning. Jim Stroud has been quoted by such publications as Globe and Mail, US News and World Report, Wall Street Journal and The Atlanta Journal and Constitution. Monster.com, Entrepreneur, Black Enterprise and The HR Examiner have all cited Jim Stroud for his digital influence. Jim Stroud also served as the EmCee of SourceCon, the premier global conference on sourcing for three consecutive years.
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