Huw Davies – European Commission – Speaker Preview Interview – 2011 Social Media in Recruitment Conference

Our fifth interview as part of our Speaker Preview Interviews for the 2011 Social Media in Recruitment Conference is with Huw Davies – Head of External Communication -  European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO)

Huw works mainly on communication and publicity to help more people around Europe to learn about careers with the EU. Over the past year he has implemented several measures to modernise the office’s communication- including the development of a social media presence. Huw is responsible for running the EU Careers web site in 23 different languages as well as multi-lingual social media sites!

In this interview Huw talks about how he is looking to improve  the number of applicants across the EU Member States through the use of social media in different languages and the challenges of introducing social media into the public sector.

Further Speaker Preview Interviews

Further interviews will be released over the coming weeks. To be notified automatically when an interview is published simply enter your email address where it says “Get Updates By Email” in the right hand column of the web site.

If you have any questions about the Conference then please feel free to contact me.

Have You “Got Social Media” Yet?

Last week I attended two recruitment related events as part of Social Media Week in London. If you haven’t heard of Social Media Week before it is an event that takes place once a year where organisations can host a social media related talk, presentation or social event.  During last week there were events held around the world in New York, San Francisco, Rome, Paris, Toronto, Sao Paulo, Hong Kong, Istanbul and London.

The first recruitment event I went to was purely a panel discussion (organised by Like Minds) and the second event, (organised by Viadeo and BraveNewTalent) consisted of four 15 minute presentations followed by a questions and answers session.

At both events it would be fair to say that the audience “got social media” which is why they were there in the first place, no doubt  trying to pick up the latest gem of information or hoping to hear the latest social recruiting strategies that are currently being used. What was interesting was that at both events the speakers/panel members saw social media as “just another channel” and not something that would replace all the other channels e.g. job boards, recruitment agencies etc.

Although social media can no longer be considered new, with LinkedIn starting in 2003, Facebook in 2004 and Twitter in 2006, what makes it different to previously established “channels” is the speed of change and implementation.

Back in 2001 I was invited by Keith Robinson (who was then at Total Jobs) to speak about online recruitment strategies at the Total Jobs E-Recruitment Roadshows, based on my previous experience working for Nokia UK in HR and Recruitment.

In the audience there were people who “got online recruitment” but there were also companies at the time that didn’t have a web site, let alone a careers section where you could view and apply for jobs online. Even today there are still companies who haven’t fully embraced online recruitment, some 10 years later.

Fast forward 10 years to 2011 and there are now many companies looking to implement social media in recruitment.  If that is your situation then my advice would be that you don’t have to do everything just for the sake of it. It makes sense to study what other companies are doing and to only do what you feel is the best fit for your own company and culture. However, because of the speed of change, and the way that some companies have already built strong reputations and large followings through social media, you can’t afford to be complacent (and wait another 10 years!)

Written by Mike Taylor

Mike Taylor is the Managing Director of Web Based Recruitment, Online Recruitment Marketing Specialists and organisers of the 2011 Social Media in Recruitment Conference on the 7th April.

Max MacGillivray – Founder – Redfox Executive Selection – Speaker Preview Interview – 2011 Social Media in Recruitment Conference

Once again we will be featuring Success Stories at the 2011 Social Media in Recruitment Conference.  This is where previous delegates from one of our first two Conferences volunteer to come back and share their success with Social Media after taking action on the information they learnt.

Following on from the very high standards set by Elkie Holland from Prospectus IT Recruitment and Jonathan Hart-Smith from CK Clinical at the 2010 Social Media in Recruitment Conference I am pleased that Max MacGillivray, the Founder Redfox Executive Selection, will be speaking.

Max attended the first Social Media in Recruitment Conference in July 2009 and since then has done a great job implementing Social Media, which in turn has had a significant impact on his business.

This seven minute preview interview is full of great information to help you with Social Media in Recruitment. Listen as Max explains how he has used LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/redfoxexecutive) to great effect, as well as creating a weekly newsletter which goes out to over 8,000 people in his niche sector.

Regardless of your industry sector, and whether you are working as a Recruitment Consultant or as an In-House Recruiter, there are some great learning points in the interview for everyone.

Personally, I can’t wait to hear the full Success Story on the 7th April!

Mike Taylor

British Army, Nokia and European Personnel Selection Office Confirmed Speakers At The 2011 Social Media In Recruitment Conference

The speaker programme for the third Social Media in Recruitment Conference on the 7th April 2011 was confirmed today by Mike Taylor from Web Based Recruitment. The Conference has been designed to help Recruiters, Recruitment Agencies, Recruitment Advertising Agencies, Job Boards and Recruitment Industry suppliers get the most from using Social Media in Recruitment.

Social Media is playing an increasingly important role for Recruiters and Recruitment Agencies and once again the Conference will include the latest trends in Social Media Recruiting, case studies and best practice examples.

The speakers will cover subjects such as planning and introducing Social Media Recruiting into the British Army, how Nokia use LinkedIn on a global basis to build a talent pipeline and how the European Personnel Selection Office in Brussels (who have careers web sites in twenty three different languages) use multilingual Social Media sites to attract new hires. Other subject areas include how Facebook can be used by Recruiters to build a brand and generate hires, how to use LinkedIn effectively in recruitment and how to gain a competitive advantage through Internet Sourcing.

In addition there will be the popular Success Stories speaker session, where delegates from previous Conferences are invited back to share the Social Media success they have achieved since attending in a previous year.

Conference Speakers

The impressive list of speakers includes:

• Colin Cook – Marketing Director – British Army
• Becky Folb – Global Talent Acquisition Manager (Digital Marketing) – Nokia
• Huw Davies – Head of External Communication – European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO)
• Laurent Brouat – Founder – Link Humans
• Steve Evans – Co-Founder and Managing Director – Net Natives
• Katharine Robinson – Sourcing Recruitment Manager – Capgemini Consulting
• Max MacGillivray – Founder – Redfox Executive Selection
• Matt Burney – Resourcing and Community Executive – G4S

Conference Programme

The subject areas to be covered at the Conference will include:

• Building a business case for Implementing Social Media
• Using Social Media to Raise Your Employer Image and Build A Talent Pipeline
• Getting the most from using LinkedIn effectively in recruitment
• Beyond the CV- gaining a competitive advantage through Internet Sourcing
• How Facebook can be used by Recruiters to build a brand and generate hires
• Developing A Global Social Media Strategy
• Previous delegates Social Media Success Stories
• Social Media Question Time

Whether you are recruiting in the private or public sector there is something in the programme for everyone, covering both beginners and experienced users of Social Media.

Katharine Robinson from Capgemini Consulting – Speaker Preview Interview – 2011 Social Media in Recruitment Conference

The third interview as part of our Speaker Preview Interviews for the 2011 Social Media in Recruitment Conference is with Katharine Robinson, Sourcing Recruitment Manager at Capgemini Consulting.

Katharine joined Capgemini Consulting in January 2011 as Sourcing Recruitment Manager in their in-house recruitment team. Katharine (aka The Sourceress) began sourcing in April 2008 with a small Executive Search business specialising in Renewable Energy and in March  2010 won the title of Grandmaster Sourcer at SourceCon in San Diego.

In the following telephone interiew Katharine explains how she sees internet sourcing becoming more and more important as  a way of finding talent online . Katharine also hints at what she will be covering at the Conference on the 7th April 2011.

Further Speaker Preview Interviews

Further interviews will be released over the coming weeks. To be notified automatically when an interview is published simply enter your email address where it says “Get Updates By Email” in the right hand column of the web site.

If you have any questions about the Conference then please feel free to contact me.