Google Hangout: Research Career Fair

Hi all,

I was recently inspired by a conversation I had at a conference for a particular branch of the recruiting industry. A sourcing professional was explaining to me his process for finding candidates for jobs, when I realized that he was describing a precise parallel for the scholarly research process. He called out the “most interesting parts” of his process… they mirrored almost precisely the places the K-20 librarians I work with say their students encounter the most trouble. Here, it seems to me, is a great opportunity to demonstrate that one of the big reasons to use one’s educational opportunities to learn better research skills is that they are actually important and helpful in the rest of one’s life.


So, I invited Glen Cathey and Nick Whiteman, of Randstad Sourceright, to join me in a Hangout next week and talk about their jobs and how they use research skills to do it.


This Hangout is the inaugural episode of an occasional series that I am calling “Research Career Fair.” In these short Hangouts I aim to:

(1) expose students to interesting career paths they might not know exist, and

(2) explore how strong research skills can set one on a path to a good career.


The series is good for high school and college students, not to mention others with strong research skills who are considering employment options (I cannot tell you how many people at that conference told me “Librarians make the best sourcers!”).

What:      Research Career Fair

Where:    The Hangout will occur on The archive will be available at

When:     December 11, 2012 (1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific)

How:       Come to and look for the post for the Hangout. Click “play” and watch it right there in the stream. You need to be able to access YouTube to watch this Hangout.


Glen Cathey

Vice President, Global Sourcing and Talent Strategy

An industry-known thought leader and accomplished global recruiting innovator, Glen Cathey is the vice president of Global Sourcing and Talent Strategy for Randstad’s recruitment process outsourcing business, Randstad Sourceright, which is responsible for nearly 100,000 hires per year. With more than 15 years of recruiting and staffing experience, Cathey leads the organization’s Sourcing Center of Expertise to deliver cutting-edge recruiting and sourcing strategies, best practices and market intelligence to Randstad Sourceright’s customers.

Pursuing a passion for optimizing every step of the recruiting life-cycle, Cathey is especially proficient at leveraging technology – including databases, social networks, applicant tracking systems, and the web – to help clients find, engage and hire the right individuals more quickly and effectively. Cathey draws from an extensive history of sourcing, recruiting and hiring IT professionals; but also provides thought leadership, training and support for the healthcare, government solutions, finance and accounting industries, with additional expertise in clinical research and internal hiring.

He is also author of Boolean Black Belt, a popular sourcing and recruiting blog with significant global readership, that attracts more than 12,000 unique visitors per month from more than 100 countries.

Nick Whiteman

Talent Sourcing Specialist

Nick has a B.S. of Business Administration and an M.A. in National Security Studies- Terrorism Studies. He has a varied business background ranging from Non-Destructive Testing (Industrial X-Ray) to the Recruiting and Staffing Industries. He is currently working for the foremost thought leaders in the Sourcing world for Randstad Sourceright, which requires him to utilize his business and research background to discover talent hidden amongst the deep pools of human capital data by implementing tools and techniques that allow him to leverage technology and social media to quickly identify candidates with the skill set and appropriate experience that fulfills the needs of the client.

Hope to see you there,

Tasha Bergson-Michelson, MLIS

Google Search Education