By Shally Steckerl, Chief Cyberseluth, JobMachine Inc.
Gerry Crispin and I walked up and down every isle, checking in on nearly 1,500 booths at this yearâ€™s SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition, in search for cool new tools we could explore. We stopped at every booth that looked like it could promise something to the recruiting profession. While clearly SHRM is about much more than just Talent Acquisition, recruiting played a big role at this yearâ€™s event. There were hundreds of interesting booths, so our walk through took a solid seven hours. A handful of new exhibitors did peak our interest, and we may be discussing them at the upcoming HR Technology conference in Chicago.
While overwhelming, I am encouraged to continue to attend the Annual Conference because SHRM represents the largest population of HR folks with over 220,000 members, and this is definitely an audience I want to reach with my message about building Passive Talent Pipelines and of course International Sourcing.
Jobing is a two-time Inc. 500 fastest-growing company, and a leading media provider of locally-focused online job search, recruiting, and talent management solutions designed to connect local employers and job seekers.
I first meet Aaron Matos when he started his company back in 1999 and we were both living in
You might recall last month Jobing.com completed the purchase of Brian Weisâ€™s LocalCareers.com. Some of you may know Brian better as the founder of RecruitersNetwork.com, a website that like my own JobMachine.net has offered free resources to recruiters since the early days of Internet Recruiting circa 1998.
The other booth that Gerry and I spent some time at was Affinity Circles. What I liked about them is that they offer a solution to organizations wanting to participate in online social networking, but not wanting to expose their members to the perils of being completely open to the public. This â€œtrusted networkâ€ tool gives alumni and professional associations a way to empower their entire membership to leverage the power of online networking, without loosing credibility. More than 90 organization are utilizing inCircle Pro to provide members with a way to keep in touch with each other, reunite with lost contacts, make new connections, have a shared calendar, and discover employment opportunities.
The last thought Iâ€™ll leave you with today is a chance encounter I had with Mathew Lesko. You may know him as â€œthat question mark guyâ€ from late night TV infomercials. The folks from TheLadders.com hosted a very cozy â€œlounge styleâ€ reception for SHRM Staffing Management Chapters (formerly EMA) and to my surprise, Mathew Lesko walks in the door. At first I though it was one of Vegaâ€™s many impersonators, but then I realized… why would anyone want to impersonate this character?