By Dave Mendoza, Master Cybersleuth at JobMachine Inc.
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One of my principle goals during my trip to Czech Republic was to gain insight on international sourcing from my counterparts in Central Europe. I had the good fortune of meeting my colleague Marcin Smolinski in person on Thursday night, March 29th in Prague this past year.
Marcin is a corporate recruitment leader for Google‘s Central and Eastern European operations, and oversees RPO (Recruitment Process Outsourcing) architecture, implementation and management, contractor deployment in Central and Eastern Europe (SAP, PeopleSoft, Oracle, EAI, Siebel etc) and HR Change Management. Marcin is the accomplished blog author of EMEA Recruiter, which emphasizes IT Recruitment issues within EMEA, and a well versed, multi-lingual expert in linguistic and cultural affinities related to staffing strategies. He is fluent in Czech, English, Polish, Russian and Ukrainian. He has 8 years experience in IT recruitment, contract staffing, deployment, outsourcing, offshore SW development and RPO (Recruitment Process Outsourcing) for IT industry and prominent International experience across EMEA: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and Western Europe.
Marcin and I had the opportunity to meet twice during my research sojourn. We had insightful conversations on the talent ID possibilities in utilizing SMS text messages with geograohic precision and effectiveness to research facilities in specific areas within corporate and university campuses, the level of understanding and practice of sourcing within Europe as compared to the United States, and the complexities of multi-national labor regulations which effect direct sourcing practices.
Marcin and I shared much in common, such as our enjoyment of wild game cuisine and a hearty pilsner, but more specifically, Marcin is a Power networker on Linkedin and shares my passion for relationship-based, talent pools. He is one of the most prominent social networking recruiters in Europe with over 3,000 contacts. Throughout our discussions, I encouraged Marcin to broaden his networking savvy into a sustainable model with the face to face benefits of sharing best practices characteristic of organizations such as Technical Recruiter Networks (TRN’s), ERE, etc. A week after I returned from my overseas journey, Marcin took a proactive step and initiated a website for the nascent concept we discussed, the “CEE Recruitment Forum.” I took personal pride in seeing our conversation bear fruit as a call to action:
“The CEERec is a non-profit initiative, based in Prague, aimed to support recruitment education, best practice knowledge sharing and to be a networking platform for corporate recruiters across CEE region. CEERec activities focus on casual, periodical events in key cities in CEE combined with professional lectures and presentations. CEERec is targeting corporate/on-site recruiters and sales oriented individuals (from agencies/job portals/newspapers etc) will be attending events.”
I look forward to sharing additional insights based upon our discussions, and above all, I look forward to visiting Marcin and his colleagues throughout Central and Eastern Europe to continue our evangelism of Advanced Sourcing Techniques, based upon established, world renown JobMachine Inc. workforce development methodologies.