Open Source Intelligence – OSINT

It’s been nearly a year since my last post…

I felt it is time to start writing again.

Since a couple of months there are Sourcers who are using the word OSINT more and more, oh and Growth Hacking of course… It sounds cool and it gives a feeling of being part of something bigger than Recruitment.

Talking about Growth Hacking…. I love the buzz word. But still the content of this verb is very versatile and not concrete. Usually I see people talking about it, saying: I found this list of names who attended the conference, added their email from another list and have sent them an email with our coolest vacancy… In Europe, GDPR area, this is not right, this would be a “Ban Hack”… Of course it mostly will be a general email: “since we love you mr or miss __ [need name here]__, you must love us too – come work with us….

So now over to OSINT;

Over the last year we, Kim and I, got screened by several institutions. They wanted to know who we are, what we are doing and why would like to get into this field of work: finding things about people and other things than just for recruitment purposes.

Our motivation came partly from a case we are working on – we needed some licences to be able to do our work – and partly from this crazy urge to find things on the internet.

So this past year we were able and allowed, therefor all the screening stuff, to do a gazillion exams and tests and we passed them all.

It is official now, Kim and Gordon are now Licensed PI and Open Source Intelligence Experts®

But what is OSINT – Open Source Intelligence?

OSINT is a way to gather and analyse things you like to know, from open and semi open sources on the internet. In other words: OSINT is data collected from publicly available sources.

OSINT is part of a series of information collection methods; i.e. Humint, Cyber Humint, Imint, Socmint, Sigint and more.

OSINT comes with a bunch of awesome tools and add-on’s to start with, something a Sourcer nowadays is crazy about, the more tools the cooler… But also with a plan, usually to solve or prevent crimes, fraud or to be sure something really is okay.

Which is of course way out of scope for a Sourcer, who is only looking for people without a criminal record.

And this is where the Licenced PI comes in: To make sure the Sourcer has found someone without the criminal background, we are now officially accredited by the Police and the Justice Department to further investigate this and present our findings to the new employer.

Are we now leaving recruitment? NO! We will just give it a little extra.

We simply like to solve puzzles, and that is what this is all about.


Social Engineering at #Sosueu 2106

Glen Cathy opened Sosueu 2016 with a great deck on Social Engineering. Social Engineering is as old as people started to communicate. Funny about the hacks he gave on Social Engineering is, that lots of these hacks seem to be normal, but being aware of the techniques makes it a great asset to your daily tasks .

As always Sourcing Summit is about sourcing, but also about inspiring Sourcers to crawl out of there tunnel vision. New this year was the Pre Conference event: #SosuHacks… Even more reasons to join next year 🙂

In preparation of my presentation this year, I have been thinking, why it takes that long in most of the companies before Sourcing gets its spot in the recruitment marketing mix.

Most of the time, the biggest hurdle to take is to convince the Hiring manager.

If you were not at Sosueu 2016:

World Domination #HRTechWorld 2015

Martijn Hemminga, owner at came to Paris last October to see what is happening in the world of HRTech. During his visit at the venue he has spoken with some of the Dutch Delegates, like Cammio, Appical and People Sourcing Crew.

The interview tells you (in Dutch) why people come to HRTech, what is the holy grail in sourcing and what are cool tools like Gild, Talentwunder and Benify. And what are my plans for 2016….

World Domination… well to start with, and than save the rest of the universe…. It’s all in the name…

Sourcing as a Strategy – the slides

Ah you were not at Talent Leaders Connect in Amsterdam?

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These slides I used at The first Talent Leaders Connect, 5th of November 2015 in Amsterdam: Talent Leaders Connect is the largest Talent Acquisition & HR event series in the UK. The events combine industry leading keynote talks, interactive discussion sessions and relaxed social networking opportunities.

And yes there is a full story to come with these slides, I like to tell you again, just call me +31642121451 and I’ll take you through this amazing story.

Topic: What is Sourcing, Why think of a sourcing strategy, How to realize your Strategy

#HRTechWorld Paris 2015

Early morning in Paris, Thousands and thousands of HR related individuals have come to Palais de Congres a rue de maillot, near Arc de Triomphe…

They like to know who is who in HR.
Lots of friends, some of them I haven’t seen for a couple of years. But then again I haven’t been around that much, for personal matters…
What has happened over the years in HRtech, what has happened over the years in Recruitment…

Things have changed? Let’s find out.

This conference should bring me new wicked stuff to optimize the route to world domination.
Oscar Mager will document all this with photo’s, Bas Westland will tell you all in Dutch, Mervyn Dinnen likes to tweet about the event, Matt Alder will post on the UK blogs.

Let’s do this!

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Sourcing the next evolution in your Recruitment department?

I already told you about SourceCon in the United States, a few years back,
Also Australia has got it’s Sourcing sorted out, where as #SOSU (Sourcing Summit) started in Sydney in 2011. The aim of the event is to highlight the growing importance of talent sourcing, promote and spread new trends and thinking, and bring together practitioners to network and learn from each other.

But this year another big part of the world, Europe, is spreading the love for sourcing: SOSU EUROPE! Sourcing Summit Europe..#SOSUEU
#SOSUEU will focus on hands-on learning. Speakers from different backgrounds will share their insights in presentation, workshop, unconference and panel discussion format. #SOSUEU offers two days of intense discovery, learning and networking.

Order your SOSU Europe tickets NOW!

Speakers from all over Europe will share their knowledge and get you miles ahead of where others think they are…

Sourcing explained:
when Recruiters start talking about sourcing:

“we mean people sourcing”

when Sourcers start talking about sourcing:

“how to think in a different way about what recruiters need to fill their vacancies and than just find that for them”…

Add some serious sourcing knowledge to your recruitment department and you will see things start changing… If you don’t believe me, come and experience the “sourcing love” at at #SOSUEU

#SOSUEU will be held at the Randstad HQ in Diemen, Amsterdam