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Sourcing Summit NZ (#SOSUNZ)



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The Sourcing Summit is coming to NZ for the first time. #SOSUNZ will highlight the important role of talent sourcing in NZ and will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn from international and national thought-leaders and organisations.

Irina Shamaeva, talent sourcing scientist and one of the most respected talent sourcing thought-leaders globally will keynote the event and conduct sourcing workshops. It is a rare chance for NZ sourcing community to meet and learn from one of the true pioneers of talent sourcing globally. Also, NZ sourcing experts from some of the most innovative companies including Deloitte, Fairfax, PWC, VENDHQ, Jobgram, Certus, ASB, Farrow Jamieson and PEL will speak at the event.

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IT18 : First IT recruitment and talent management conference



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IT18 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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Free Webinar: People Sourcing Science



Irina Shamaeva, keynote speaker for #SOSU12, is conducting a free webinar. This is a great opportunity to sample some of Irina’s work and also get a taste of the sourcing issues she will address at the Sourcing Summit on 15-16 August (Sydney) and 21 August (Brisbane).

TIME: 10:00-10:45 AM
DATE: 7 August
STYLE: Webinar.
SUBJECT: PEOPLE SOURCING SCIENCE

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Introducing Destination Talent



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Say hello to the new Destination Talent.

Our aim is twofold.

Firstly, we want to make it easy for buyers and sellers of recruitment products and services to find each other. Our particular focus is to connect and educate organisations, mainly SMEs, on the role and relevance of third-party recruitment service providers. Secondly, we want to contribute to the improvement of recruitment processes and thinking in Australia, mainly through quality research. Our new site is a small first step. We hope you will join us.

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Talent Tidbits



  • Friendship at work: A fascinating look at Zappos’ work culture. Here’s an excerpt:

“ we’ve begun tracking employee relationships. When employees log in to their computers, we ask them to look at a picture of a random employee and then ask them how well they know that person — the options include “say hi in the halls,” “hang out outside of work,” and “we’re going to be long time friends.” We’re starting to keep track of the number and strength of cross-departmental relationships — and we’re planning a class on the topic. My hope is that we can have more employees who plan to be close friends”.

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Zipf’s Law and the importance of being #1 in the recruitment space



It pays to be #1.

Seth Godin, in his books (first in the Ideas Virus and in The Dip), often referred to Zipf’s Law which basically asserts that the most widely used word in English is used ten times more than the tenth most popular word. In other words, the #1 player in any field get significantly more returns (revenue, web hits, exposure …whatever you are measuring) than those ranked below.

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Thought for the week

Social media is the fancy awning that hangs from a building; human interaction is the bricks and mortar. – Karyn Polewaczyk, Free Agent Nation

Face-to-face meetings
With social networks almost ubiquitous, Karyn Polewaczyk asked ‘is old fashioned ‘meeting up the new black?

Linkedin in Australia
Linkedin is popular in Australia. Close to a million Linkedin profiles exists. Q&A with Cliff Rosenberg, the newly appointed GM of Linkedin Australia

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Change



Nothing endures but change – Heraclitus (540 BC – 480 BC)

Here’s a reminder that our world is changing rapidly. Version 4.0 of the popular ‘Did You Know’ series.

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Recruitment advertising from candidates’ perspective: Recruittech presentation



At Recruittech I argued that the balance of power has shifted to job seekers. I highlighted three trends which I think made this scenario possible:

1) Information asset increased: Barriers to corporate information and employment opportunities are broken. We are in an environment where job seekers know more about an employer then vice versa.

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SMS continues to be a preferred communication tool



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Forget Twitter, Facebook and other new communication tools, it’s an old communication tool Australians are in love with – SMS. A new research by Pure Profile (Sponsored by Telstra) found Australians prefer using SMS to communicate. One in three Australians choose SMS to announce major live events like a job promotion or the birth of a child.  An average Australian SMS 1-5 times a day.

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The future summit – surviving in a rapidly changing world



Leaders from a cross section of society are congregating at the Future Summit, to discuss, ponder and plan how Australia will face the enormous challenges coming its way (You can follow the tweets here).

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Talent tidbits



Talent is the problem
"In fact, most companies need very little talent. What they do need is persistent, hard-working, determined, honest people who bring all of their resources to bear on the job at hand”. John Sumser’s opinion on ‘talent’ ignited a mighty debate.

Twitter for recruitment
An argument why recruiters should use Twitter to recruit. A more detailed look at using Twitter to source candidates.

30 ways to recruit in a down economy

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HR Trends in unprecedented times



Ken Gilbert, Head of human capital, Mercer, talked about Australian HR trends in unprecedented times 

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Download WMV file (27 MB) . Also check out the Mercer Workplace 2012 report

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How Harvard university recruits talent
One would have thought that the best and brightest will flock to Ivy league universities like Harvard. What emerged is a lot of hard work and planning goes into recruiting the best students. BusinessWeek had a fascinating look at how Harvard, in spite of its brand reputation as the best educational institution in the world, works hard to win the hearts and minds of future students. Perhaps, the reason Harvard remains the best is because they do not rest on their laurels or rely on their brand name.

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