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It’s been a whirlwind since the highly successful Dallas Roadshow Last week. The RecruiterGuy offers a great recap.

Here are the materials:

– John Sumser’s Introduction and Presentation (Spiky and Flat)
– Jeff Kaye’s Presentation: Next Level Strategy for a Next Level Workplace
– Hank Stringer’s materials from Excellence in Search Relationships
– Dennis Smith’s delightful package Social Recruiting


(September 06, 2008) On September 25, 2008, the Recruiting Roadshow will be returning to Frisco, Texas (a Dallas suburb near Plano) for our second annual visit. As usual, the event, including Breakfast and Lunch, is free of charge.

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The Recruiting Roadshow is a continuing education project designed to meet the needs of local recruiters in local markets. The event is sponsored by a group of Recruiting Industry vendors who hope to strengthen the industry’s infrastructure. Each Recruiting Roadshow is a half day event featuring four presentations and an interactive networking experience.

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The Dallas Recruiting Roadshow will be held in the same venue as last year:

University of Dallas College of Business
Graduate School of Management, Professional Development Center,

Frisco Campus

7460 Warren Parkway
Frisco, TX 75034

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Registration begins at 8:00am. The event starts at 9:00am. Presentations are finished at 1:00pm. Lunch begins at 1pm.

The presentations begin with “Spiky and Flat: Why Local Recruiting is Critical in a Flat World”. John Sumser, Founder and CEO of the Recruiting Roadshow, describes critical changes in the Labor Market that offset the trend towards a flat world. The material is a logical follow-on to last year’s Multigenerational Recruiting presentation.

“Next Level Strategies for Creating a Next Level Workplace” is Jeff Kay‘s contribution to the proceedings. Get a birds-eye view of the best practices your competitors are using to woo and retain employees. Jeff runs the world’s largest single site Recruiting Office as the CEO of Kaye/Bassman International. His presentations are always full of energy and useful guidance.

There wouldn’t be a contemporary Recruiting Industry without the work of Hank Stringer. Founder of two major online Recruiting ventures ( and, Stringer is one of those visionaries who can’t keep the dirt out from under his fingernails. Hank’s presentation, Elements of Excellence in Search Relationships, is his latest take on the Recruiting Landscape. He promises to deliver a list of things you should expect in any excellent Recruiting relationship.

The final piece of the puzzle is an offering from Dennis Smith. (Dennis is also the host of the Dallas Roadshow). Dennis built his career using out-of-the-box thinking. He is one of the leading voices in the world of Recruiting Blogs. He will share his experience using “Advanced Social Sourcing Tools”.

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Here’s the schedule:

Registration and Breakfast
0900 Intros / Networking Exercise – John Sumser
0945 Spiky and Flat – John Sumser
1030 Next Level Strategies For Creating a Next Level Workplace – Jeff Kaye
1115 Break  
1130 Elements of Excellence in Search Relationships – Hank Stringer
1215 Advanced Social Sourcing Tools – Dennis Smith
1300 Lunch  

Register now. The Roadshows fill quickly and once the seats are gone, you have to join a waiting list.

Jeff Kaye

Jeff Kaye

Jeff Kaye is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Kaye/Bassman International and Next Level Recruiting Training. Jeff  graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor in Business and entered the search profession immediately.

This former National Recruiter of the Year with the world’s largest staffing organization has helped build the largest single site search firm in the country with annual search revenue in excess of $18M. His firm has won national awards for philanthropy and workplace flexibility.  His firm has also been named “The# 1 Best Place to Work in Dallas /Fort Worth” in 2005, 2007 and 2008, as well as, “The #1 Best Company to Work For in Texas” in 2006,2007 and 2008. 

As an industry expert in executive, professional, and technical search and retention, Jeff is often a frequent keynote speaker in the staffing community. Jeff has been featured on dozens of international  training meetings and videos. He has appeared on local and national television including CNN, FOX, Bloomberg and NBC and has been quoted in dozens of publications including USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and Fortune. Jeff and his wife Tracy live in Dallas and have three children.

October 23, 2008

0800 Registration and Breakfast  
0900 Intros / Networking Exercise – John Sumser
0945 Spiky and Flat – John Sumser
1030 Sourcing: Best Techniques From The Pros – Panel
1115 Break  
1130 Search Engine Optimization Recruiting Nicole St. Martin
1215 Recruiting As If People Mattered – Don Ramer
1300 Lunch  

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Registration starts at 800am. Register Here

The event runs from 900am until 100pm. Lunch is served at 100pm

Adobe Systems – Park Conference Room
321 Park Ave., San Jose, CA, 95110

(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

Special Thanks to Matt Martone, the team at Yahoo and Ami Givertz

 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

Here are Hank Stringer’s slides which provided the backdrop to his “fireside” chat in Dallas. If you really want the scoop, read the book!

Make sure you connect with Hank and his team when you can…

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Martin Snyder, whose company Main Sequence Technologies (PC Recruiter), was one of the sponsors of the Dallas Recruiting Roadshow, makes a number of key points in his latest piece.

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