Congratulations to Patrick Moran and Katie Gechijian for winning the 2016 World’s Greatest Sourcer competition! After enduring six grueling challenges, which included a candidate scavenger hunt and building the “best search string ever”, the race for first place came to a close finish.
Moran, a talent sourcing manager at BAE Systems and former Aerotek senior recruiter, snagged the lead with 410 points, winning the grand prize of $2,500, the WGS trophy and champion title!
His recipe for success?
“It took a lot of discipline to methodically go through each of the challenges, especially when you’re exhausted after a full work day and have to put the kids to bed – but when I would see I got a question correct, it was so worth it. WGS16 was so much fun! It became truly addicting as I got further into the competition.
My favorite part of the experience was getting to know many of the contestants, and knowing there are a lot of like-minded, innovative sourcing geeks out there. If you love sourcing, and you love competition, and you love to learn and better yourself as a recruiter or sourcer, competing in the World’s Greatest Sourcer competition is a must!”
Gechijian came in a close second with 405 points, walking away with $500 and a full scholarship to The Sourcing Institute’s Sourcing Certification program. Katie works with Wells Fargo, serving the last 11 years in a variety of recruiting and sourcing roles for diverse lines of business. She even founded the enterprise sourcing community at her organization!
Here’s her advice to future WGS contestants:
“Tune in to every recruiting and sourcing webinar available, especially those sponsored during the course of the World’s Greatest Sourcer competition. Free professional development from industry thought-leaders AND tips on how to succeed in sourcing challenges? Yes!
Be prepared to invest a significant amount of time in completing the challenges. The first few did not require much time, but the complexity of ideas and searches builds. I probably invested 25 hours total in preparing my challenge responses. Also, don’t be afraid to sweat a little! Put your best effort and full self into the competition – exert yourself and see what you can accomplish. I sweated the details (happily) of this competition and I am so thankful that I did!”
Thank you to everyone to participated in this year’s #WGS16. If you're interested in joining next year's competition, add your name to the list, and we'll be sure to send you all the details closer to the big day! Hope to see you then!
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