Archive for November, 2007

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AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Getting up to speed about the latest trends in recruiting has become remarkably simple thanks to John Sumser.

Sumser, founder of the Recruiting Roadshow, literally brings his show to the recruiters, rather than asking them to travel thousands of miles. And his events are free. Add the fact that he is securing the industry’s leading experts as speakers, and it is easy to see why Sumser has become a popular figure with practicing recruiters.

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John Sumser's Recruiting Roadshow

As usual, talking with Hank Stringer was a joy. Founder of (now part of Authoria) and itzbig (the incremental, bilateral matching system), Hank is having a temporary tour of life as a disabled person. With broken heel, transportation trolley cart, laptop and zeal, Hank is going to be doing the networking exercise at the Dallas Recruiting Roadshow. (Have you seen the video?)

Hank and I share the view that the depth of the relationship between a recruiter and a candidate is going to expand. Hiring decisions are getting harder and more expensive (the labor shortage). The risk of a bad hire is growing (the economic environment). Where it was once possible to use the spaghetti test to see if a candidate made a good employee, the consequences of failure rule that approach out. (The spaghetti test is roughly “throw it against the wall and see if it sticks”.)

While most of the industry is focused on driving cost and cycle time out of the recruiting process, there is a separate phenomenon in the labor market.

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We are so grateful to our sponsors who have made the Dallas Recruiting Roadshow possible through their unconditional financial and material support. If you are going to be at the Dallas event please take a moment to thank them too for their part in making this day possible for you!

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Here is the schedule for Tuesday, December 4th, 2007. If you have questions please leave them in the comments and we’ll do our best to answer them for everyone.

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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:

Covered in the keynotes, workshops and networking events are the hot issues of today…

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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.

John Sumser's Recruiting Roadshow

That means that Hank Stringer is not only sharing his time and expertise leading one of our networking workshops but his company itzbig is underwriting the event as our charter sponsor.

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.

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Road WarriorToday 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.

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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 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,’ revolutionary approach dramatically changed the way companies such as Federal Express, BP, Allianz, Raytheon and Prudential recruit, hire, and retain talent.

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