I recently had the chance to sit down with Mike Tiffany, the recruiting manager for NetEffects, a staffing firm headquartered in Chesterfield, MO.
Mike just attended the OnRec conference in Chicago, and I wanted to get his impression of the conference as an attendee. This review is an independent review of the conference based on handwritten notes from my meeting with Mike.
1. How did you hear about Onrec? Mike received an e-mail inviting him to the conference from OnRec. He clicked the link and really liked the topics of the speakers.
2. What inspired you to go? Mike did some research on the conference reading niche sites and blogs, and read enough positive information to sign up.
3. What about the location? Facilities? Restaurants? Coffee? The location was good. Close to the airport in a clean, safe area. Good restaurants (ate in the hotel when not fed by OnRec). There was no Starbucks in site (I asked that directly - ed).
4. What was the best part of the conference? There was a frank discussion between general and niche employment sites, the usefulness of social networks websites and generational differences as it pertains to on the best ways to recruit. He felt that there were pro- and anti- sides to every issue, especially on newer tools like those of recruiting blogs.
5. What about the speakers? Joel Cheesman was singled out for an exceptional and provocative speech. In fact, the first contact Mike made with me was to ask me if I had ever heard Joel speak. Sumser's comments on the generations made him think about structuring recruiting departments to match the audiences, Steven Rothberg had some great thoughts on best and some of the worst examples of using Facebook and MySpace for drawing passive candidates, and John Younger really hit a homer on the direction of recruiting and RPO’s.