Words of Wisdom from the Talent Acquisition Summit

This post was originally published in June 2010 on the Pinstripe Recruitalicious blog.

Last week, I drove all the way from Lombardy Road to good ol’ Lombard, Illinois for the Chicago Talent Acquisition Summit.  Though I’d prefer to withhold this useful information & remain more knowledgeable than the rest, my experience dictates that I share my words of wisdom (or lack thereof).

  • Just because it was okay to wear jeans to ERE’s Social Recruiting Summit in NY, does not mean jeans are standard dress code at every somewhat-social-media-related conference.  Oops!
  • Jobs2Web is about company branding, getting your jobs out on the web and search engine optimization. I’d advocate learning more about them, stealing some of their ideas, and partnering with your webmaster to implement those fancy whozits and whatzits on your website ASAP.
  • Beware of your surroundings before setting down a filled-to-the-brim, metal water jug or you might knock someone’s coffee off the table and onto their laptop.  Double oops.
  • Even while more social-centric sites try to steal their thunder, LinkedIn stays aligned with their mission statement and focused on the strategic initiative to create professional networks and connections. LinkedIn’s philosophy of sticking with what they do best could bode well for Facebook too! Maybe you guys should hang with the social/personal and avoid the professional? I’m contemplating my breakup text message to Mark Zuckerberg, but have yet to thumb it into my QWERTY keyboard.
  • During lunch, I talked to a few women who were equally excited about evolving technologies and the possibilities of social recruiting. They literally whipped out a pen & paper and started taking notes. If you or your thoughts are interesting enough to elicit a response such as this, you should probably bring your business cards everywhere you go.
  • SimplyHired explained one of their fabulous product offerings: region-specific & skill-specific Twitter accounts that will tweet your company’s job. HINT: Your entire pipeline is following those postings ;-)
  • I hope people did not drive away from that conference thinking that posting your jobs on your Twitter account equals social recruiting. If you are an employer just pushing out job posts (What Social Recruiting is NOT), you are already behind in the social media sphere.
  • Smile at the people who work at the tolls and keep the receipts if you’d actually like to be reimbursed for your business expenses.
This post was originally published in March 2010 on the Pinstripe Recruitalicious blog.
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