By Dave Mendoza, Partner, Master Cybersleuth
This past week, I had the honor and privilege to meet Dell’s impressive talent organization in Round Rock, Texas as a Presenter/Trainer at Dell’s Talent Acquisition Academy. I observed a revolutionary concept, first-hand, – a three day internal corporate conference to train, inform and invigorate a Fortune 100 company’s talent organization.
Dell calls it’s effort: “Talent Acquisition 2.0”
The event was an impressive display of commitment in it’s recruitment teams with a cadre of impressive speakers on cutting edge topics effecting the recruitment industry.
The conference provided a solid foundation of information, ideas, and professional resources. Courses were prepared for its talent acquisition teams based upon their feedback from previous TA Academy sessions. The conference included sessions on Advanced Sourcing Methodologies and Techniques by yours truly on behalf of JobMachine, Inc., in addition to Careers Direct Training, legal, and compensation areas of specialization, and networking. They developed an excellent lineup of speakers who presented information on skill building and trends in recruiting. Moreover, the events provided a unique opportunity to meet fellow team members from across the US and other regions.
I instructed Dell recruiters on the following Advanced sourcing topics:
LinkedIn Networking for Passive Talent
Advanced Boolean Techniques
Search Engine Field Commands – The Fantastic Four
International Sourcing techniques
List servers, Groups
Blogging for Talent
I commend the leadership of Elsa Zambrano, TA Senior Manager of Corporate Services and Global Center of Competence, and Philippe Montillet, TA Project Manager, for putting together a seamless forum for ideas and camaraderie among a diverse audience of corporate recruiters. I also want to take this opportunity to acknowledge Philippe’s passion for the ideas offered by this event. He initiated the invitation several months ago and was adept at coordinating a monumental task. I was impressed with each tier of leadership, from Elsa and Philippe, to Staffing Managers such as Kim Rutledge, Matt Henson, Jim_Cochrun and their recruitment teams, in addition to John Termotto, who recently joined Dell from his prior leadership at AMD. The quality of the leadership at Dell was evident in the quality of students I trained on behalf of JobMachine, Inc.
As Dell Talent Acquisition 2.0 unfolds, they have undertaken the goal to transform their talent organization into a recognized leader in the recruitment industry. Having met their leadership and impressive team of recruiters and training them firsthand, I am confident they will take the lessons learned from this TA Academy Conference and bring them to life in their daily work.
Sincerely stated, Dell has learned to adjust, absorb, and refine its talent strategies to develop a truly world class talent organization by investing in its recruiters. I hope other global corporations pay attention to what Dell has initiated and that the effort becomes a trend throughout the industry.
Imagine that, a company that invests in its people, what a concept we can all smile about! Simply stated, Dell dares to be different and its a heartening experience to observe the transition first hand with so many talented individuals passionate about their company and their skill sets.
For skeptical multi-national corporations who still treat recruitment as the little brother of HR, take note of the numbers at Dell:
To date, the TA team has done a truly extraordinary job – bringing into the company more than 30,000 hires. In fact, in the third quarter alone the US team has hired more than 3,600 employees. But it’s more than just numbers at Dell. They have established a sustainable hiring process that allows the company to bring in not only an impressive number of employees, but also remarkable talent.
Shally and I look forward to new faces and the same passion at other forward looking corporations who share the same commitment on behalf of its recruitment organization.