Yesterday was the first joint ATC/Inspecht event looking specifically at the usage of social media in recruitment. My personal opinion is that overall the day was a great success, although we will wait for the formal feedback from participants to know their feelings. Here are some of my thoughts and observations.
- Having over 130 people in a room designed for 120 is a little cramped, but that is what happens when you sell out an event.
- A lot of people knew very little about social media in general, let alone how they could be using it as part of their day to day work.
- 80% of the participants were internal recruiters or consultants, very few agencies were represented.
- Mark Pesce is always a great speaker.
- There was lots of good discussion on Twitter.
- E&Y are doing some very good things.
- Atlassian as always have their finger on the pulse of their community.
- People are very confused about how to include social media as part of their recruitment strategy.
- There is a lot of concern about the legal and management issues of social media in the work place.
- Job boards are not going away anytime soon.
- We need to really start to promote Enterprise 2.0 as part of talent management strategies
We will be pulling together as many of the presentations as possible and make them available on the conference site. Also all sessions were captured on video once the videos are edited they will be posted online.
Here are a couple of blogs post I have found discussing the event:
A final note, we are talking about a bigger and better event for 2010 so watch this space.
We are coming to the end of the early bird discount period for the joint event between Inspecht and ATC Social Media: A Recruitment Revolution. while the early bird discount is good, register 2 or more delegates and you get an even better deal.
So why attend?
- Listen to Australian case studies from Ernst & Young and Atlassian
- Hear from Futurist Mark Pesce
- Participate in workshops on social recruiting strategies, digital branding and the use of social networking for sourcing
- Watch the debate between Stephen Collins and Jake Andrews, from SEEK, on “Do you need a job board when you have social networking?”
- Put forward your own ideas and thought in the World Cafe session
- Listen and interact with your peers in the special unconference session where you get to control the agenda
This event was inspired by the ERE Social Recruiting Summit so I caught up with Paul Jacobs from Tribe HQ a New Zealander who attended the event with me to find out why he trekked all the way from Wellington New Zealand to San Francisco. (These are definitely NOT Oscar winning performances but we had fun.)
Finally if you are a member of Recruitment 2.0 APAC you could win a free ticket to attend
Back in June I shipped myself off to the first Social Recruiting Summit at Google HQ in San Francisco. On my return I was approached by the team from Australasian Talent Conference (Trevor Vas, Horace Chai, and Kevin Wheeler) to see if we could pull off a similar event here in Australia.
So on 3rd December in Melbourne we are bringing together some of the biggest names in recruitment and social media to participate in Social Media: A Recruitment Revolution.
The event will be like none other in Australia, combining traditional conference sessions with interactive “unconference” sessions to allow the audience to further develop the ideas and learn from industry peers.
Personally I am very excited about the speakers. We have secured Mark Pesce as our opening keynote speaker. If you do not know Mark he is an author, journalist, regular panellist on The New Inventors, and futurist. (He even has a Wikipedia page.) In addition to Mark, Margie Kwan from Ernst & Young will be presenting a case study on their use of Facebook and the we have a debate between Stephen Collins from acidlabs and Jake Andrew from SEEK on “Do you need a job board when you have social networking?”. Other topics include digital branding, social recruiting strategies, legal issues around social recruiting.
If you want to know more head over to the main site, check out the agenda and register ASAP as we have a space limitation.
On Thursday and Friday last week I attended Web Directions South 2008, my first web only conference in a while. Overall it was a good event, but like most conferences there were some up & downs. Probably the biggest two downs were the opening Key Note and the lack of coffee on arrival on Friday morning. The biggest ups were Mark Pesce’s closing Key Note and David Peterson’s Semantic web for distributed social networks presentation, followed closely by August de los Reyes from Microsoft.
So did I get an ROI for my $1,500 investment (conference fees, airfare and miscellaneous expenses)?
Yes, in several areas a few of them are:
- I got to meet a large number of people face to face for the first time after communicating online with them for so long.
- I meet a large number of new people, I tried to average 5-10 new people per day.
- Mark Pesce’s talk, as always, was inspiring.
- David Peterson renewed my hope that FOAF and the Semantic will infact become a reality.
- Laurel Papworth reinforced that yes social media can make money.
- Surface computing is cool!
- Data visualisation done well is also cool!
- There is lots of cool tech stuff going on in Melbourne, just not sure why I had to go to Sydney to find it.
- I learnt a fair bit on presentaion style, what works and what really doesn’t.
- Connections with several people that might turn into paying business, which is great.
- Finally there are a lot of books I need to read.
The telling fact is will I come back next year. Probably yes.