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Talent Talk – Do you have something to say about talent?



Talent Talk series, so far:

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Talent Talk: Q&A with Allen Russell, Sales Director, Xpand



PictureA subsidiary of the Rubicor Group and winner of multiple awards for service excellence, Xpand is one of the marquee IT recruitment brands in Australia. In the backdrop of an economic downturn which has been particularly tough on IT recruitment firms, I caught up with Allen Russell, National Sales Director, to discuss a range of issues including the employment market, candidate sourcing trends, IT skills currently in demand and Xpand.

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Talent Talk – Q&A with independent recruiter Georgie Carpenter



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Free from the shackles of the corporate world and armed to the teeth with social media tools, a new breed of web savvy independent recruiters are emerging. I spoke to one of them – Georgie Carpenter.

A relentless twitterer, Georgie hardly uses job boards. Instead she use social media to connect, build relationships and recruit talent. Georgie reveals more about her modus operandi, and the advantages independent operators have over the big guys.

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Talent Talk: Conversation with Brett Iredale, MD JobAdder



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By positioning themselves as gatekeepers to job boards, job posting software (JPS) providers are cementing their position as critical players in the acquisition of talent.  JPS lessens the administrative drudgery of posting jobs, saves time, increases the ability to distribute jobs to a wide network and provides metrics to measure and manage job posting activities.

I caught up with Brett Iredale, MD of Job Adder, to discuss a range of issues including  the value proposition of JPS, measuring the worth of job boards, social media and the company’s progress.

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Talent Talk: Conversation with résumé expert Gayle Howard



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Résumés have a special place in the recruitment industry. Databases are created to house them. Sophisticated technologies are designed to track them. Business models are built to harness and profit from them. Fortunes of Job boards are dictated by how many they can collect. Recruitment firms buy resumes, repackage them and sell at a higher price. Employers invest significant resources to get to the right résumés. On any given day thousands of résumés are exchanged, in the process lives are transformed and fortunes of companies altered.

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Talent Talk: Q&A with Maneck Mohan, CEO Recruit.net



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Some nine companies, both local and international, compete in the job aggregation space in Australia. Aggregators, unlike job boards, do not own the jobs listed on their website. Like search engines, they merely act as a platform to redirect job seekers traffic. Some job boards depended on them to increase their own traffic, while some sees them as a threat. Aggregators offers employers another channel to net talent at a very attractive price-point, including the increasingly popular pay-per-click services.

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Australasian Talent Conference – Conversation with Trevor Vas



trevorVas Now in its third year, and boasting a speakers list which includes some of the recruitment industry’s leading thinkers and practitioners, the Australasian Talent Conference (ATC) is arguably the premier HR event (which focuses primarily on ‘talent’ ) in Australia. I spoke to Trevor Vas, Executive Director of HCMS and co-founder of the conference, about the ATC’s origins, its aim, line up of speakers and the theme for this year’s conference.

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Talent Talk: Conversation with Gavin Heaton (socialmediajobs)



gavinheaton Gavin Heaton wears many hats – uber blogger, commentator, lecturer, story teller, author, marketer, employee (SAP)  and job board owner. An authority on social media, and one of the original brains behind the hugely successful global initiative Age of Conversation , Gavin dishes out daily wisdom on his popular blog Servant of Chaos.

We caught up with Gavin recently and he shared his thoughts on a variety of subjects including his socialmediajobs.com.au experiment,  the art of story telling, and engaging talent in the bold new world of social media.

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Recruitment software – Conversation with Tim de Jardine of Hirewall



clip_image001Does the market need another Applicant Tracking Software? Tim de Jardine, founder of  Hirewall an online hiring system designed for the SME market, thinks so. Based in NZ, we caught up with Tim, and he sheds some light on his journey, Hirewall, a new business Tribe HQ , and his thoughts on talent acquisition during a downturn.

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Companies and personalities at the forefront of talent acqusition in Australia



How to effectively attract and acquire talent, is a major focus of this blog. As a result, we aim to highlight companies and individuals who are at the forefront of ‘talent attraction and acquisition’.

In the coming days we will raise the tempo and talk to more companies, solutions providers, thought leaders and industry personalities, who are redefining how to best engage and find talent in Australia.

Meanwhile, check out our previous conversations:

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Recruitment Training – Conversation with Ross Clennett



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Recruitment trainers play a critical role of championing quality and best-practice methodologies in an industry whose image is often tarnished by lack of proper standards. Trainers are largely at the forefront of improving the productivity, image and overall professionalism of recruiters. Unsurprisingly the demand for training services has increased significantly.

We spoke to Ross Clennett, a personal coach, speaker and recruitment trainer based in Melbourne. Ross sheds some light on the status of the training market, critical skills recruiters lack and the services he provides.

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Sourcing for talent – Q&A with Nicole Cain, sourcing expert at Profusion



NicoleCainSourcing in a nutshell is using advance research skills, utilising mainly Internet tools, to find passive talent. Interpretation of what sourcing entails differs from one company to another. Sourcing can cover a range of activities, including job board management, database mining, search engine techniques, referral optimisation, social networking, knowledge management etc. Broadly, any activity that leads to talent can be put under the sourcing umbrella.

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Referral Recruiting – A conversation with Riges Younan of 2Vouch



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Talented people are valued not just for their skills, experience and expertise, but also for their networks. Often, the adage ‘good people know other good people’ is true (see slide 11).

Referral programs in different forms has been in place to attract and recruit talent for a long time. The recruitment industry, in particular, thrives largely on networking and referrals. Lately, we have seen lots of variations in how candidates are compensated for their time (paying candidates to attend interviews) and networks (recommend and be rewarded), and the trend is gaining grounds.

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How to hire team leaders – conversation with James Adonis



Armed with a sharp focus (team leader recruitment) and a brilliant marketing strategy, we thought teamleader.com.au is a breath of fresh air. Recently, we broke bread with James Adonis, co-founder/director of teamleaders.com.au and international expert on employee engagement, and he sheds some light on his background, company and how to find ‘good team leaders’.

James can be reached at james@jamesadonis.com or + 61 402 334 987

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