Here I am again just 7 months after the last time. Sydney Koru Club lounge, bashing out a hastily compiled Whiteboard post, following another brilliantly-executed conference by Philip Tusing from Destination Talent.
Recruiter’s Hub 2012 opened with a flourish with the quick-talking Californian tones of HR Marketing oligarch Kevin Grossman. Two appearances in two days from the incomparable Greg Savage stirred, energised and galavanised the gathered recruiters. We heard from incredibly sharp business minds like the laconic but laser-witted venture capitalist Bill Bartee, the amusing and informative gatekeeper to recruitment press releases Jo Knox, panels of contractor management experts, panels of RPO aficionados and senior HR types divulging pure gold advice to consultancy recruiters about how to approach, engage and maximise our partnerships together.
We had our eyes opened by the originator of Australian rec-to-rec Rosemary Scott, Australia’s “godmother” of recruitment. Essential advice on the critical importance of culture in attracting and retaining top talent by Jen Gottlieb from Firebrand Talent. All of this and much, much more concluded with aplomb by the second appearance of Kevin Grossman, denouncing the hackneyed reference to “talent pools” and urging our focus and attention towards harnessing technology to create more vibrant and engaged talent communities.
And then my favourite anecdote of the entire event: Kalena Jefferson, HRD for Kelly Services, talking about culture and engagement of staff, and their office fish “Moby” who apparently has a Linked In profile. To Moby’s great (but secretly smug) surprise once received a headhunt approach via Linked In for a sales job. A perfect example, if ever one were needed, of lazy target research and how not to headhunt.
All of this artfully bound together by the authoritative and entertaining MC, Ross Clennett.
It was engaging, refreshing, informative, edifying and sobering. Overall it was a big, juicy slab of utterly compelling and hugely invaluable lessons in recruitment to help steer us on the right course in this new post-GFC market.
And there were two of us from New Zealand.
So what can be done about this? Do we truly have the numbers, the level of interest, the desire for change, improvement and information in our New Zealand recruitment community to validate bringing #RHUB to our own country? Responses on Twitter suggest a keen level of interest, but this is from people already known for their hunger for recruitment innovation.
Can I have a show of hands?
It is my belief we can bring top speakers, top recruitment practitioners, senior HR gurus and recruitment thought leaders to our shores. But we would need the numbers. Hands up if you’d attend one of these conferences in New Zealand, or rather at a potential price point in the region of $600 – $900 per person, hands up if you would invest in attending an event such as this.
Your comments please….