Kennedy Information’s Spring Recruiting Conference & Expo Updates 5-15-08 2 Comments

What’s the similarity between Ocean’s Eleven and the Kennedy Information Recruiting Conference & Expo from last week? Both took place in Las Vegas, and, like Recruiters, Danny Ocean (played by George Clooney) was also on a mission to attract and recruit talent to execute a business plan. OK, so the difference is that Ocean, who after just released from prison, was concocting a daring caper to rob 3 Casinos for more than $150 million in cold cash. He too, probably wasn’t too concerned with traditional recruiting metrics.

Presenters at this Spring event, just one of over 22,000 conferences to take place this year in Las Vegas, talked in great length about metrics. Some focused on the traditional metrics dating back to the days of the “Personnel Department”. Others focused on measures driving business results and a return on the recruiting investment.

My top 3 picks for metrics presented on at this year’s conference:

  • Referral Rates – Not Employee Referrals
  • Return on Investment
  • Cost of Vacancy / Impact on Business

In addition to metrics getting a lot of air time, there were several other very strong presentations. Jason Leonard, Director of Staffing for Citi, presented on Creating a Recruiting Culture – and centralization. Jason outlined the need for change, and the monumental undertaking this would be, for the 300+ recruiting professionals responsible for 60,000 hires annually.

A few of the best practices highlighted in this session included:

  • The need to foster a sense of community and commonality across extended recruiting teams
  • Inconsistent experiences is a deal breaker
  • The importance of HR partner’s buy-in

Click here for some pics taken at the conference, or here to see some live session updates via twitter, which was unfortunately down for 6 hours during the 2 days of the general conference. And, if you didn’t have the opportunity to attend this event, the fall conference is November 16-19, 2008, in Orlando, FL. What’s the value in attending? I’ll review and share my thoughts, as well as look at presentations and predictions over the past decade from previous recruiting events and conferences.

Although a fan, at least Danny Ocean didn’t get have to look at Barry Manilow’s picture plastered all over the Hilton.

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  • Posted on: Monday, May 19th, 2008