Met dit kinderboek wil Cooble al vroeg laten zien hoe leuk sourcing is

Is all sourcing child’s play? You would almost believe it when you look at the adventures of Coobie, the main character in the children’s book that Cooble released this week. Can you spot all the unicorns? And also the data-stealing thieves?

Peter Boerman Op 25 augustus 2023
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Met dit kinderboek wil Cooble al vroeg laten zien hoe leuk sourcing is

The classic in this area is of course Where’s Wally? ( or: Where’s Waldo? in Sweden, Canada and the US). The famous search book by the English illustrator Martin Handford appeared in many editions, was sold more than 100 million times, and even led to many live performances and world record attempts . Because there is little more fun than just continuing to stare and see if you can find all the hidden people.

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Sourcing candidates in real life is surprisingly similar to the work you have to do in such a book. And so the sourcing experts at Cooble thought it might be nice to also create a separate Dutch edition of the famous children’s book, completely focused on the sourcing profession. Intended to get children searching, but at the same time tell them something about what is involved in this aspect of recruitment.

Cute monkeys

The presentation of the book took place on Wednesday. This happened in the sun-drenched garden of Oijen Castle, near the Maas, where a large bouncy castle was immediately set up for the children present.

Is all sourcing child's play? You would almost believe it when you look at the adventures of Coobie, the main character in the children's book that Cooble released this week. Can you spot all the unicorns? And also the data-stealing thieves?

Cooble co-founder Milou Verhoeks handed out the first copy , and at the same time told a bit about how it came about: how the idea was born, and how they eventually came up with the name of Coobie, the unicorn to be found.

The book was printed in small editions and is mainly distributed through contacts. In the book you can not only look for unicorns, but also for 58 chicks, binoculars, bags, or elephants in the room. Or cute monkeys, posters with missing cats and data-stealing thieves. You can also find 2 clocks that need to be set to 3 o’clock. The illustrations were made by DoekieKunst , and the text was provided by Nicol Tadema, well known in the recruitment world . For example, she explains to children what is meant by a word such as ‘retail’, or what the magic is of working in telecom.

Is all sourcing child's play? You would almost believe it when you look at the adventures of Coobie, the main character in the children's book that Cooble released this week. Can you spot all the unicorns? And also the data-stealing thieves?

And so the children’s book covers many more industries for which Cooble takes care of the sourcing. From healthcare and government to education, construction, logistics, the travel industry, IT and the energy transition. The further you go in the search book, the more challenging the search for Coobie becomes. In that respect, it’s just like the real sourcing world…

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Peter Boerman

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Hij heeft eigenlijk nog nooit een vacature uitgezet. En meer sollicitatiegesprekken gevoerd als kandidaat dan als recruiter of werkgever. Toch schrijft Peter Boerman alweer een jaar of 10 over weinig anders dan over de wondere wereld van werving en selectie, in al zijn facetten.
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