There’s nothing worse than being stuck in a never-ending meeting, but if the idea of an employee referral party makes you shudder, fear not! There are lots of ways you can make a ‘sourcing jam’ fun, well-attended and effective.
Your colleagues are busy beavers, and getting everyone in one room (or a Zoom call) to attend a referral event is no small task. Nevertheless, it’s important you persevere; a sourcing jam without referrers is like a donut without...jam.
With the right planning and tools, you can organise an event that brings your people together, respects their time, and generates some useful leads.
Whether your sourcing jam is a hit or a miss will depend on the preparation you do in advance. So before you dive head-first into a referral event, here’s how you can lay the groundwork.
Once your team are fully sold on the idea of a sourcing jam, how can you make it a success? Here are some tips.
No one likes a meeting where they have no clue why they’re there. Sourcing jams are effective when you have a specific goal in mind. That could be to fill a specific role or two, which is preferable to focusing on too many vacancies and spreading yourself too thin. Or it could be an organisational objective, such as hiring more staff from diverse backgrounds. Either way, clarity is key.
When drumming up your most promising leads, relying on your employees’ memory bank alone is probably not going to cut it. It goes without saying that a good referral party should utilise your colleagues’ LinkedIn network, but there are other ports of call too. GitHub is positively teeming with software developers, while Behance and Dribbble are home to lots of talented designers and creatives.
While referrals are a powerful tool in your armoury when it comes to finding talent, it’s worth being mindful that even with the best of intentions, someone’s friends and acquaintances may come from the same well-trodden university and graduate employment path. Opening up your invite list to underrepresented groups – for example, by looking beyond qualifications on a CV – means your organisation can reflect society at large.
Who said meetings have to be boring? Whether you’re carrying out your sourcing jam remotely or in-person, getting a budget for food and drink could help get the party started. You could also ‘gamify’ the occasion by offering a prize to the person who generates the most leads. And if you’ve got someone to take charge of the Spotify playlist, even better.
While pencils and spreadsheets have their place, a quality employee referral app – cough, Intrro! – could streamline and transform your entire sourcing jam process. Intrro can sync your employees’ networks in just a couple of clicks, conduct a ‘deep search’ to unearth those diamonds from the past, and personalise the nudging of employees by asking tailored questions so you don’t have to.
As the old saying goes, if at first you don’t succeed, try Inttro for free. We’re proud to have developed an employee referral platform that makes life easier for countless businesses and their people. See for yourself and make your next sourcing jam a breeze with our effortlessly easy collaboration tools.
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