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IT18 : First IT recruitment and talent management conference


Join us for the first IT Recruitment conference to be held in Sydney on Thursday 18 April. #IT18 will focus exclusively on talent management in the tech sector, with a special focus on the attraction, recruitment and retention of IT professionals in Australia.

Some of the most innovative technology companies, new start-ups, research houses and professional associations including Microsoft, Avanade, CISCO, OBS, Longhaus and ITCRA will speak at the event on subjects ranging from sourcing software engineers to working with agency recruiters.

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Recruitment drives HR Technology innovation

Recruitment drives HR Technology innovation
Recruiters. Love them, loathe them. Whatever your view, it is undeniable that recruitment has long been the driver for innovation in HR and Talent Management technology.

From the very moment the first English backpacker picked up a telephone to target a prospective new client, a candidate scratched out a CV on the first versions of WordPerfect, or a Personnel Manager checked the fax machine for incoming job applications, recruitment and technology have been inseparable bedfellows. An industry that is competitive by nature and by definition will always seek to innovate in order to stay ahead of the pack.

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Evolution of RPOs in Australia

RPO or Recruitment Process Outsourcing, a form of outsourcing where an employer transfers all or part of its recruitment functions to an external service provider, has been around for some time in Australia.

But very little data is available to gauge the size, prevalence, types and extent of  RPO adoption by companies in Australia. Anecdotal evidences seem to suggest that adoption is increasing, driven in large part by the fact that there is no one-size-fits-all RPO model. In fact the type of RPO models differ across industry sectors and locations, influenced greatly by size of organisation, culture, volume of jobs and the expertise of suppliers.

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The Road Ahead For Recruiters


Recruiters and talent solution providers are almost always facing a crossroad, largely because the behaviour of employers, the workforce and workplaces change rapidly. Add the influence of macro factors such as the state of the economy, unemployment, labour participation rate, skill shortages and advances in technology, and you have an industry perennially on the cusp of change.

So, what does the road ahead looks like for recruiters and those in the business of providing human capital services?

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Some of the speakers at #retec discussing new trends and developments in recruitment technology.


RECTEC (Recruitment Technology Evaluation Convention) 2011 from Phillip Tusing on Vimeo.

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Recruitment Software Report


What’s your experience with recruitment technology and vendors?

We are conducting a study to better understand the adoption of recruitment technology in Australia & NZ. Spare five minutes of your time to tell us your experience. The results of the study will be made available to everyone. Take the survey and go into the draw to win two free tickets to RECTEC.

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Introducing RECTEC


Does the HR/Recruitment industry need another event? I think so. RECTEC, scheduled for 22 Nov, brings a very different flavour. Here’s why:

RECTEC stands for Recruitment Technology Evaluation Convention and as the name implies the event will focus exclusively on technology and its application to recruitment.

Learning from innovators
We’ve assembled an impressive line-up of speakers – technology path-breakers, HRIS consultants, vendors, innovation experts, software entrepreneurs, RPO innovators, IT industry analysts, change agents and staffing professionals who have had a hand in embracing and using technology smartly.  Learn from early adopters.

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RecruitTech Conference in Canberra

imageThe second edition of RecruitTech is taking place in Canberra next week (Thursday, 8 SEP). Credit must go to Clayton Wehner and Rick Bushell from CapitalJobs for making sure that the event continues after a great start in 2009.

I was fortunate to experience the first edition (and actually spoke at the event). It was a great experience and a good place to network and meet peers working in the local HR & recruitment industry. It’s the only event of its kind in Canberra.

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Sourcing Practitioners

I recently spoke to four people who have very different backgrounds but share a common interest in sourcing. All four will be speaking at the Australasian Sourcing Summit.

Click images to read the interviews.






Jason Timor, Qantas                            Andrea Mitchell, ARN







Gad Weinbach, Talent Partners         Paul Jacobs, Engage

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Australasian Sourcing Summit 2011

Sourcing and the role of those who practice it in Australia/NZ is rapidly changing, or is it? If you wanted to know more about sourcing trends join us at the first Australasian Sourcing Summit. Here’s what you can expect to encounter:

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AHRI HR Technology Conference

[Note: This post has been written after the AHRI technology conference. My intentions to combine this post with a detailed review of some of the vendors at the conference hasn’t materialised. So, here’s a belated post on the conference]

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Upcoming HR/Recruitment Events Worth Attending

imageIt’s raining conferences! A year ago, I argued that in spite of the many available alternatives, conferences are worth the trouble. In a world of tweetups and webinars, I still think there’s immense value in physically attending a conference. Besides, committing oneself to a whole day of networking, listening and learning can never be a bad thing (if the price is right, of course). Do you think conferences add value? Have your say here (only 3 questions).

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Event: Executive Monitor release date announced

If you haven’t heard yet, unemployment rate dropped to 5.5%. The economy added 35,200 new jobs and the future looks a lot more positive than a year ago. So, how are senior executives going to behave this year? Will they seek new jobs?  How will a stronger economy affect their behaviour?

A recent global poll conducted by Bluesteps found 70% of executives are willing to relocate overseas to pursue new career opportunities. With that many willing to move, it is unlikely the health of the economy is the main factor that triggers a job search. What other factors drive a senior executive to jump ship?

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Recruitment Revolution

When it comes to using social media for recruitment, not unlike the climate change debate, there are two broad divisions  – sceptics and converts.

As it currently stands, sceptics (or followers) are in the majority. Meanwhile, early adopters are busily experimenting, making lots of mistakes along the way, but embracing social media nonetheless.

Social Media – A Recruitment Revolution is the latest instalment in the debate about the relevance of social media as a recruitment tool. Social media is not going away anytime soon, whatever school of though you belong to, it’s worth paying attention.

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