ing which, to me, is always valuable. Also I think BH is a great tool and I know we could get much more out of it if. So I want to go, just not sure I can justify the expense right now.
Matt Engels said:Craig,I am in the same mode as you, thinking about going. Have you been to one of these before and, if so, was it of any value?Matt
invested in all kinds of training, but never went to conferences, so they were never on my radar. A few years ago, I heard about the local NEAPS conference and a colleague and I decided to check it out. We didn't expect to get much out of it, because we were both experienced. We were very pleasantly surprised! There was a great lineup of trainers giving workshops that year, among them Danny Cahill, who we both loved, and I've since gone on to invest in his training for recruiters in my office as well as his online monthly subscription. Jeff Skrensky (not sure on spelling), gave a great talk and there were others that had great tips that we were able to try out asap with our own businesses.
I went again last year to the NEAPS conference and it was fantastic, with all new speakers from the previous time. It's just a two day conference, on Friday/Saturday, so doesn't take too much time away from work and is something I look forward to. I haven't gone to other industry conferences primarily because the price is more than double, the speakers are the same and there's usually a plane ride involved, which is added expense and I'm not crazy about flying. The NEAPS conference is always local, this year it's in Newport Rhode Island. I attend these conferences strictly to learn new things, not to network.
For networking, I've gone to other conferences that are non-recruiting related, more industry or business specific. I have an interest in the cloud computing space and am looking to do more searches in that area, so last year went to the State of The Cloud conference in Boston which was fantastic and immediately resulted in a new client.
This year, just a few days ago actually, I went to the Momentum Summit, held at MIT in Cambridge. It was a one day event geared to startups, investors, and entrepreneurs. It was fascinating and I will definitely be going to this one next year. There were a series of interviews with CEOs and VC's that funded them and they talked about the challenges they faced and how they grew their businesses. When those sessions ended, there was a discussion lunch, where they had breakout sessions with all kinds of topics. The one I attended was on generating buzz and PR for your business. I especially enjoyed Brian Halligan, CEO of Hubspot's talk on inbound marketing and leveraging social media to drive traffic to your business. So, for me, this conference was more about how to grow my business vs. recruiting and also networking with potential clients.
Hope this helps. :)…
My friend in Shanghai attended a tearful candlelight vigil a few days ago.
The closest guy I know to what you do is my former student in Bangkok, MK Balaji (@hotmail.com). He heads a 20 person environmental firm in Bangkok now. He will be happy to hear from you. He is also on my linked in account (Rick Price).
I need 5 warehousemen/materials management guys to work for 3 years in the middle east on expat terms. Top consideration will go to SAP endusers who have Shell or ExxonMobil backgrounds, especially knowledgable about the Envir, Health and Safety regulations pertaining to oil and gas sector.
Good to hear from you Alex. Have a relaxing weekend!
nderstanding the candidate experience so that is something I will definitely look into.
Amy - I got talking to a headhunter at an event I attended a couple years ago and I instantly had a million questions for her so I went home and tried to learn as much as I could. I guess I'm drawn to the unpredictable nature of the job and that you have to be smart and good with people to be able to deliver results. I like the idea of being the only one in charge of my success. Let me know when I start sounding too starry-eyed ;)
PS - Loved your appearance on the Animal Show!…
taught us about boolean strings back when e-mail was something new and I've raved here before about how much I've gotten out of Peter Leffkowitz's training. He came to our agency twice and each time I was able to take what he taught back to my desk and improve the way I was working.
Interestingly, one thing I had never done until a few years ago, was to attend a recruiting conference. A colleague and I went to our local NEAPS conference when it was in the Boston area and we were both surprised by how much we got out of it. So many trainers, all with different ways of approaching the business. I'm hoping to make it to that conference this year as it is targeted to agency recruiting.
Training is on my mind now as my office partner and I are heading to NYC next week for a one day training with Peter Leffkowitz that I'm really looking forward to. We're excited about it. Even though we've both seen him before, it's been years and our thinking is this is a good way to get focused and start the year off right.
So I have two questions for the group: What trainer over the years was the most beneficial to you and made the most impact on your business? And who are you planning to attend this year? I’d like to do another training later in the year and there seems to be so many great trainers out there, it’s hard to choose.…
rieving information from the Internet. When I stepped into my role 3 years ago I was entering a new industry (6 years in the health services industry to financial services). First I needed to understand business acrumen, Hoshin plans and study business plans so I knew how best to support my business partners in achieving their goals. I tapped into internal learning portals and attended alot of internal meetings. I'm still involved in those meetings. Secondly, I reached out and formed an alliance with others in the industry to obtain a better understanding of industry trends. I took the initiative to enroll in professional media (like this site) to expand my soft skills. Specifically, I wanted to learn more about research techniques using the Internet. Contributors to sites like this one, ERE.net and Jim Stroud's Recruiters Lounge produce some very valuable and specific topics.…
several years ago. I was required to evaluate the catering drivers safety out on the Ramp area of the airport. We had over 200 drivers and they were to be evaluated at least 4 times per month. That was a lot of work, and even more if there was a safety issue with one of the drivers.
I suggested that we implement a "Safety 5's" program to reduce accidents and to encourage all who attended these quick meetings. They clocked in and were ready to receive quick reminders about safety issues. These safety meetings lasted 5 minutes twice per week and immediately reduced accidents by 75%.
Not only were the accidents reduced by a large amount, the employees Paid More Attention at these quick meetings, and out on the very dangerous Ramp where all of the airline preperation happened. It didn't cost much, it was quick, and it reduced my workload dramatically. The drivers were not failing safety evaluations as often and the attitude changed out on the Ramp!
Training is worth EVERY PENNY!…