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On Tuesday, December 4, John Sumser and friends will be hosting a complimentary half-day networking event from 8:30AM – 1:30PM which includes interactive learning sessions with local rainmakers:
- Bill Vick: Noted recruiting trainer, business coach, innovator and ‘big-biller,’ author of Happy About LinkedIn for Recruiting: The Roadmap for Recruiters Using LinkedIn
- Hank Stringer: A 20-year veteran as a successful high-tech industry recruiter, entrepreneur, and innovator in the use of technology in the recruitment and employment process, author of Talent Force: A New Manifesto for the Human Side of Business
- Martin Birnbach: Also a 20-year veteran and hugely successful recruiter. Martin is widely known for his hands-on approach to recruiter training and is highly sought after as a personal coach. Martin has been host of KLIF Radio’s “Jobs & Careers” show since December 1989.
Covered in the keynotes, workshops and networking events are the hot issues of today…
Over the last few days I have a number of calls and emails asking, “What is the cost for the upcoming Dallas Recruiting Roadshow?”.
The fact of the matter is that all of the expenses to put this event on have been covered by John Sumser and his friends.
Don Ramer CEO of Arbita — who we hope will be showing up in person — is paying for lunch and refreshments. Don has supported the Roadshow from the get-go providing first-class fare for over 250 Roadshow delegates and doing more behind the scenes, cooking up other stuff.
Recruiting heavy-hitters Bill Vick and Martin Birnbach are not only waiving thousands of dollars in appearance fees but they are providing a host of other valuable things, most of all their training and coaching which — if applied — is priceless.
Today is the last day of Kennedy’s Recruiting 2007 Conference in Orlando. It marks the closing of the industry’s conference season which has seen the annual pilgrimage to SHRM, ONREC getting down in San Francisco, coast-to-coast gigs from ERE, and HRTechnology blowing hard in the windy city – again.
SourceCon made its debut in Atlanta while other “focus groups” gathered under their respective banners of exclusivity: Recruiting Excellence 2007 in Boston, The Fordyce Forum in New Orleans, the DirectEmployers Association whooping it up in Vegas, the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS) dusting things off in San Antonio.
Road warriors like Don Ramer, Gerry Crispin, Joel Cheesman, Shally Steckerl, Kevin Wheeler, Lou Adler and an army of vendors, sponsors and assorted groupies will be heading home to gather round their Thanksgiving tables, many thankful for the fact that the circus is over, at least for this year.
The recruiting industry’s conference business is big business. In so many ways, it embodies the industry’s infrastructure and creates the channels along which ideas, innovation, favors, contracts and money flow. From the podiums, assorted speakers, pundits and industry celebs promote their reputations as subject matter experts and as sometimes saviors of the human race.
In workshops and forums opinions are formed, behaviors are influenced, best practices honed. Over hurried snacks or fine-linen tablecloths friendships are kindled and rekindled, relationships formed, forged and sometimes soon forgotten.
The network of vocal and visible people – the publishers, promoters, speakers, track leaders, commentators, vendors, sponsors and the lucky delegates who follow the circuit – each year consolidates its position as the industry’s core.
Dallas Recruiting Roadshow Workshop Leader
Industry Leader, Entrepreneur and Author
Hank Stringer has over two decades of experience as a successful high-tech industry recruiter, entrepreneur, and innovator in the use of information technology in the recruitment and employment process.
Forecasting a talent shortage in 1994, Stringer applied his energy and experiences to start Hire.com. There, he and a team of entrepreneurs created the first ASP business model, utilizing the Internet to scale and automate interactive recruiting relationships and processes. Under his tenure, Hire.com’ revolutionary approach dramatically changed the way companies such as Federal Express, BP, Allianz, Raytheon and Prudential recruit, hire, and retain talent.
You know a real marathon runner when you see them effortless pass you by, still carrying the torch as if they had just left the stadium, running to the horizon and looking ahead. It is rare that a good marathon runner can be equally good in the team effort of running a relay. However, on the track or on the road, you know a winner when you see one because they are generally ahead of the pack.
Oh, look — its Bill Vick!
Bill is one of the very few leaders in the recruiting business who can run with the batons of vision, strategic planning, effective execution, monetization and reinvention while looking far enough ahead to know which batons he should be handing off where and when. I think he describes that as being a “serial entrepreneur,” modestly omitting the words: “Among recruiting’s most successful” in describing himself.
What makes Bill so remarkable is that he runs the distance, pacing himself over the long haul. While he is managing his numerous ventures, Bill is also cultivating an expanding network unusual for its number of personal relationships, building community and fostering growth in both agency and corporate environments, and still managing a recruiter’s desk – excuse me, a headhunter’s desk.
On Tuesday, December 4 – if you register for John Sumser’s Dallas Recruiting Roadshow in enough time – you can visit with Bill and enjoy his interactive presentation…Getting from Here to There: Technologies, Tools and Techniques for Advancing Recruiters’ Effectiveness.
Dallas Recruiting Roadshow Workshop Leader
Master Recruiter and Rainmaker, Business Coach and Radio Talkshow Host
Martin Birnbach and Associates
Martin’s career in Sales and Marketing spans over 25 years. He started his career with NCH Corporation in Irving, Texas. After record-setting performances in sales, he was promoted 3 times in 2 years to Regional Sales Manager with over 100 salesmen and an annual budget of 7 million dollars.
Martin was recruited in 1972 to be National Sales Manager of Starr/NBC Radio Division. His responsibilities included 10 radio stations, 50 salesmen and sales managers with an annual budget of 25 million dollars.
When recruiters complain that sourcing online fails to produce candidates who match the requirements and/or fit-in in other ways they echo the complaints of candidates who face similar frustrations.
Posting resumes on any number of job boards and creating profiles on any number of professional or social networks — being cut and pasted, searched, tagged, indexed and archived — simply means that recruiters have more pools in which to find more frogs to kiss.
The problem is this: Kissing frogs sucks.
Normally it doesn’t take very long to realize that some frogs are easier to pucker-up for than others. The more “baggage” the candidate has – on paper at least — the harder it is to kiss that frog.
For candidates, being treated more like a frog rather than the other half of happy-ever-after simply leads them to stay out of the water. Besides, the last thing this new breed of “quiet working professional” wants is to be kissed by an employer to find they’ve been lumbered with an ugly sister.
itzbig is the first network of its kind which allows these quiet working professionals to anonymously look around and see what opportunities exist without having to jump in and make a lot of ripples.
Recruiters today are challenged with having to bridge an ever-widening gap in the demand and supply of good recruits. The only thing that narrows is the time in which candidate flow is expected.
The promise of social networks like LinkedIn, Facebook, and MySpace to make active and passive candidates easier to reach can sometimes widen the gap between daily grind and “best-practice.” The only thing that narrows is the attention span we can give to every new site, tool, application and widget that pops up.
The format for the Dallas Recruiting Roadshow will be different from the Atlanta event in a number of ways.
In Atlanta there was a lot of emphasis placed on breakout sessions where individual track leaders lead workshops on a variety of topics. Over the span of these seven learning tracks there was a huge amount of information shared and a lot to think about as everyone returned to their daily routines.
In keeping with the Recruiting Roadshow being an experiment, in Dallas we’re changing it up a bit. As before, our goal is to provide a day of learning, community and networking. In Dallas we are planning to shift the emphasis from sharing content to sharing connections, building on the networking theme.
As we did in Atlanta there will be two keynotes. John Sumser will be presenting an updated presentation on multigenerational recruiting opposite Dallas’s own recruiting legend, Bill Vick – more on that later.