Archive for the ‘Atlanta’ Category

(January 18, 2008) Jason Davis and are the first charter sponsors for the entire 2008 Recruiting Roadshow™ series.  They join Don Ramer and Arbita, the first underwriters as pivotal financial and logistical supporters.

In a move that simultaneously validates his encouragement of ongoing professional education and the development of professional online community, Jason Davis will provide financial support, at the sponsorship level for the Recruiting Roadshow. As a part of the arrangement, participants in Roadshow events will be given opportunities to join the community at is now the official online community of the Recruiting Roadshow™. With nearly 1,000 members, is the fastest growing online network for recruiters around the planet. The network is built on the Ning platform and includes a variety of methods for interaction and collaboration between Recruiters.

Jason Davis, who founded, is a serial entrepreneur and long time Recruiter. Currently, Jason wears several hats. He keeps his fingers in the Recruiting game making a placement here and there. He specializes in the acquisition and sale of Recruiting-related domain names. He is the charismatic heart of the community. He is worrking long and hard on behalf of The Fordyce Letter ( as well.

The man is everywhere.

Wherever Jason lands, things start happening. At his best organizing a party, he has single-handedly built the Recruiting Industry’s very own Charity Poker tour. One thing is for sure. Things are going to get really interesting now that Jason is involved. Thank you, Jason. Your support and generosity will provide a profound foundation for the Recruiting Roadshow™.

John Sumser. – © 2008 Two Color Hat, Inc. Santa Rosa, CA


In the fall, Shally interviewed Jason. Thanks to Steven Rothberg for pointing to  this video

 Thank Yous

(January 02, 2008) I want to start the year by thanking people who helped with the last one. The risk in doing this publicly is that I have missed some critical moments and people (pleading age related memory loss). So, expect a small update tomorrow and accept my apologies today.

The people on this list made 2007 memorable and interesting. Often, they are writers of blogs. Sometimes, they are industry figures. Some are family, some are friends and some are fellows of the road. Theuy all helped, in their way, to shape the roadshow and my adventures.

Thank you.

(December 21, 2007) There are a lot of people to thank for this past year. Starting and building the momentum of the Recruiting Roadshow took a lot of effort from a lot of people. Shifting from my comfortable home at interbiznet took support and energy. Bearing up under the new scrutiny at took some patience and the muffling of two layers of duct tape.
A number of good friends fed me with a straws (through the tape) at the difficult times. It’s good to have and build friendship as a part of making a living. My work is colored by the people who nourish me with their stories about the recruiting world, their ideas about what it could be like and their hopes for bigger and better times.  
I’ve always been fortunate to have relationships with people who start companies. As an entrepreneur who thinks about strategy, it seems pretty normal to inhabit a world that mostly includes other leaders who build businesses for a living.
Over the years, I have seen a thousand good tricks for making things happen. This year, though, I may have been shown the ultimate trick. 
Steven Rothberg, you may know, is the hard working founder of Very, very few people in our industry work as hard or as persistently as Steven. Through sheer tenacity, he built CollegeRecruiter into the powerhouse it is today. Steven spoke at both the Dallas and Atlanta Recruiting Roadshows.
Somewhere along the line, Steven sent me a wonderful had written Thank You note. It was short, sweet and very thoughtful. I was astonished by the way it changed my perception.

As far as I can remember, it was the first time ever that I had received one. Writing thank you notes is part of the conventional wisdom about doing business. I assumed that it was theory from people with no experience until I got Steven’s note.

As you can see, I remember the note very clearly almost six months later.

Steven got me started. I’ve been following his lead and hand writing Thank You notes. What’s amazing is the effect it has on me.

Thank you, Steven.

John Sumser. – © 2007 Two Color Hat, Inc. Santa Rosa, CA

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.

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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In his Atlanta keynote on the pros and cons of using social networks for recruiting Steven Rothberg closed with a few observations about recruiting in virtual worlds like Second Life.

Illustrating some of the potential problems for recruiters Steven referenced an instance where instead of pulling his resume from out of his pocket a candidate pulled out a beer instead.

Virtual job interviews? Digital job fairs? It is confusing I know but perhaps this is the stuff that urban legends are made of…

…it’s just so hard to tell!

Posted by: Amitai Givertz

When we kicked-off the Atlanta Recruiting Roadshow Alan Lee was embarking on a journey of his own.

Facing the squeeze of the mortgage industry’s recent contractions Alan was looking for a step-up from his role as Senior Vice President of the Office of People & Culture and Chief Recruiting Officer for HomeBanc Mortgage Corporation. An exemplary leader, it didn’t take long for him to find it.

On the day Alan presented his learning track in his incarnation as the Director of Executive Search with Atlanta-based Talent Connections.  Even so, the content and substance was exactly similar to the presentation he gave me when we first met over lunch, the reason I hoped he would share his insights and experience when the Roadshow came to town.

Going through the presentation slides here and comparing them with the pocketful of illustrated napkins I first walked away with I realize that it hardly matters what your job title is or whose cuts your paycheck or if your message is a slick PowerPoint or a hurried scribble on the back of a paper towel.

It is who you are and what you know and what you choose to do with those things that put the “servant” in “leadership” for the likes of Alan. Focus on that — like Alan did — and you’ll eventually end up where you’re supposed to be. 

Make sure you hook-up with Alan and his team when you can…

Talent Connections, LLC
602 Gettysburg Place
Atlanta, GA 30350
Cell:    404.664.5134
Office: 770.693.7889

..and get networked with Alan on LinkedIn, or on his “other” website, why not?

Posted by: Amitai Givertz

It is not unusual when presenting after a fantastic lunch to have an audience nodding off. Of course, this phenomenon has more to do with blood rushing to the guts to help the body with digestion than its draining from the brain because of speaker or subject-induced boredom.

In presenting his afternoon keynote Steven Rothberg had some distinct advantages over possible food-induced dozing:

  • Our Atlanta delegates were really hungry to learn about networking tools and recruiting issues, in the main brand new stuff to contrast with their mainstream practices and possible misconceptions about using social networks in their day-to-day jobs; and
  • Steven provided much food for thought but kept everyone asking for more. Not only that, Steven delivered his presentation with enough spice and wit to keep even possibly bland topics like background checking, compliance and source-of-hire metrics appetizing.

Here are Steven’s presentation slides…

…although the real juice is in direct contact with him:
(800) 835-4988

You can also keep ahead of things by reading Steven’s blog or connected with him on LinkedIn

Posted by: Amitai Givertz

It seemed that everyone who went to Abigail Tremble’s workshop Recruiting as Master Problem Solvers came out with something more than an excited smile.

True to form I think, Abigail shared a process for understanding how to define the problem as a first step to being able to address it effectively, and a methodology for delivering quality results. That’s what Abigail does.

Here are the slides from Abigail’s session:

If you have any questions then please contact Abigail…

SightWise Solutions
555 North Point Center East
Suite 400
Alpharetta, GA 30022
Recruiting: (678) 366-4360
Consulting: (678) 366-4361

…or connect with her on LinkedIn.

Posted by: Amitai Givertz