This week, a ragtag group of recruiters, sourcers, hiring managers, pundits, consultants, HR services salespeople and an artist painting cocktail napkins converged in the SOMA part of San Francisco. They were gathered under the auspices of #GlobalTRU - a series of “unconferences” to discuss the state of contemporary recruiting. An unconference means that there’s only a loose agenda, almost no PowerPoint, and participants are encouraged to share the stage. Everything was informal, and mingling was encouraged. .
Rocker Lenny Kravitz had a pretty gourmet tour bus. All leather seats, a twinkling light ceiling with TVs and sound wired throughout. Near the front, a large guitar-shaped table. I learned about Mister Kravitz’s bus since it now serves as a rolling promotion for Dice’s Open Web. During #truSanFran, Dice’s bus served as another conference room. I took this panorama photo in the back, as recruiting futurist Kevin Wheeler declared that all recruiting for all companies was headed towards RPOs - Recruitment Process Outsourcing: Fortunately, Craig Fisher and Bill Boorman both violently disagree with Kevin’s provocative recruiter outsourcing prognosis: I may still have an in-office job. Maybe in a few months corporate recruiting work will be primarily encouraging engineers to post videos of themselves asking other engineers to help them with hard problems. Later in the day, I co-hosted a session on Gamification for Recruiting in Lenny Kravitz’s Dice tour bus. How can game design help find and filter candidates? How can game design drive employee referral programs inside companies? I look forward to sharing my findings here on Dice in the near future. Meanwhile, if you were going to attend an un-conference like #GlobalTRU, what session would you want to see or host?