Archive for October, 2007

On the Road

Don Ramer, Founding Partner and CEO of Arbita, industry leader and road warrior has been a solid supporter of the Recruiting Roadshow from the beginning.

Anyone who has taken the trouble to get to know Don — and you should — will appreciate that he has a point of view which is telescoped through various interests, interests that bring recruiting closer for us to see in the context of life. If you have read Don’s blog, The Art of War for Talent — and you should — you will also appreciate that his strategic thinking and business savvy is shaped by his study of great military thinkers, among other things of course.

Napoleon said an army marches on its stomach. It is widely thought Napoleon meant warriors must eat well to soldier on. However, Don instructed me when we last met what Napoleon really meant was this: Campaigns are won and lost on the armies’ ability supply the frontlines with food, clothes and what-have-you. In other words, do not forget the logistics!

Don has again generously agreed to feed everyone who comes to the Dallas Recruiting Roadshow. In this way, his support for our event is obvious. Not quite so obvious though are all the things that Don does behind the scenes to ensure no one ever has to question how the rations actually got there.

More than an ally, Don is a friend. Thank you.

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John Sumser's Recruiting Roadshow
Hot on the heels of the announcement that Facebook and Microsoft have been canoodling — and making good on my promise to get smarter about using Facebook made on — here is a useful guide I hope other newbies might find helpful.

Josh Lowensohn who wrote the guide for Webware kicks-off:

What is Facebook and why should you use it?

Facebook is a social networking service that lets you connect with friends, co-workers, and others who share similar interests or who have common backgrounds. Many use it as a way to stay in touch after finishing school, or as a way to share their life publicly. What makes Facebook different from other social networks are its extensive privacy controls, its development platform, and its large and quickly growing user base. Facebook has been called the “thinking person’s” social network. Compared to many other social networks, Facebook gets new features and improvements on a regular basis.

Don’t get too comfortable. “Facebook gets new features and improvements on a regular basis” means don’t blink or you’ll log on one day and not know what to do or how to do it!

Just in case you’re hungry for more, from Robin Good there is Social Networking: A Beginner’s Guide To Facebook, another handy reference with some additional stuff to work through.

A useful little crash course on social networks and some helpful context for John Sumser’s Recruiting Roadshow where we are “bringing physical community to social networks.”

[Not seeing it? Watch the video on YouTube]

John Sumser's Recruiting Roadshow

It is fantastic to see Paul DeBettignies — the power house behind Nerd Search, LLC — announce on his MN Heahunter blog the Minnesota Recruiters Fall (un)Conference, a follow-up to the first Recruiting Roadshow which he took care of and continues to work, on- and off-line.

I first bumped into Paul online when I was researching servant leadership so it comes as no surprise that he is picking the torch up and running with it again:

November 30, 2007
8:00 am – 12 pm
12 pm – 2 pm Lunch and Networking
Best Buy Headquarters.

Bookmark MN while I catch up with Paul to see how we can dovetail our efforts, at least copying the details and updates here.

Posted by: Amitai Givertz

John Sumser's Recruiting Roadshow
I spoke yesterday with the President and Founder of, my friend Steven Rothberg.

Disappointed at being shut out from the recent bidding for a piece of Facebook Steven is not one to cry in his beer. He is putting his investments elsewhere and sponsoring the Dallas Recruiting Roadshow instead!

It’s a shame Steven won’t be able to join us on the day to share his wealth of knowledge on using social networks for recruiting best practice like he did in Atlanta. But no matter — there is plenty here online to dig through and many more lessons inspired by his ongoing research. Case in point, see today’s post on Social Network Ignoramus: The Fate of a Recruiting Dinosaur?

Steven and continue to be good friends to the Roadshow. Thank you!

John Sumser's Dallas Recruiting Roadshow

There are number of announcements to make about John Sumser’s Dallas Recruiting Roadshow and quite a few posts following up on topics from Atlanta. That said the two most important messages for the day are these:

Important message number one: We will be trying out some new approaches for the Dallas event ranging from how we promote the day to the format and content for the happening on Tuesday, December 4, 2007.

While the experiment continues to test some theories about how best to bring physical community to social networks the underlying promise remains unchanged. The goal is to provide Dallas’ recruiters with a day of learning, networking and community in a way that helps that continue after some of us have left town.

Important message number one: Dennis Smith will be running the show! For those who may not know Dennis all that is about to change. Anyone who does know Dennis will know why!

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Found this along the way…courtesy of the folks at

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When Steven Rothberg gave his keynote presentation in Atlanta about using social networks for recruiting the question came up about demographics. Of course, this is a critical issue when it comes to things that range from sourcing strategy to job branding and employer marketing.

I just picked this up from Forrester’s Charlene Li who — like Steven — knows what she’s talking about:

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And on the subject of demographics, here’s my two-cents on Second Life which also came up in Atlanta.

Registering for Dallas

You can now register for the Dallas Recruiting Roadshow online.

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007
8:30AM – 1:30PM

University of Dallas College of Business
Graduate School of Management

Development Center, Frisco Campus
7460 Warren Parkway
Frisco, TX 75034

Details and updates for the Dallas event are posted here.

Click here to get started!

Please bear in mind we are limited for the day to 150 people only. Closer to the day of the event we will be sending out a confirmation email to the email address you used to register with. If you do not reply confirming that you’ll be there you may find your ticket for admission was passed on to someone standing by. Thanks for understanding!

John Sumser's Recruiting RoadshowAs we gear up for the next Recruiting Roadshow in Dallas on Tuesday, December 4th, 2007 it is tempting to stay focused on the road ahead, not look back. But that’s not how it is.

By most estimates the Atlanta Recruiting Roadshow was a success. The people who turned up left with a variety of things that ran the gamut of positive impressions, affirmations and lessons learned, acquaintances made and friendship renewed.

That’s how it was meant to be and how it is hoped it can continue.

I cannot talk to most people’s experience when it comes to delivering the Recruiting Roadshow’s promise of “bringing physical community to social networks” but for those who I have spoken to I am told the day was a force multiplier for their networking efforts.

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