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Cartoon Coffee Break: Conference Networking

Terry LaBan

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Editor's Note: This post is part of our "Cartoon Coffee Break" seriesWhile we take talent management seriously, we also know it's important to have a good laugh. Check back every two weeks for a new ReWork cartoon.

Cornerstone's 17th annual Convergence conference wrapped up in San Diego on Wednesday, June 5th. It was jam-packed with educational sessions and inspiring keynotes from Adam MillerJoe Burton and Kat Cole as well as amazing networking opportunities. To learn more about what was covered check out our conference recap!

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Lessons from the 2016 HR Tech Conference

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Lessons from the 2016 HR Tech Conference

It's hard to believe this year's HR Technology Conference is already over. The 19th annual conference brought together the best and brightest innovators and companies in the HR world to explore the latest trends, demo new products and compare best practices. It was a great four days in Chicago, and we're already looking forward to next year. This year's sessions covered everything from social media to data analytics to women in tech. With 400 vendors in attendance and 65 different sessions spanning 4 days, it was impossible to see it all. So, whether you attended the conference or didn't have a chance to make it this year, we wanted to share a recap of our favorite moments and major themes coming out of the conference. To read more, check out #HRTechConf on Twitter! The Future of Recruiting It's going to take more than good talent management to keep employees engaged and committed. Embracing "talent mobility" could be the difference between success and failure. William Tincup, President of Recruiting Today, sat down with our own Jason Cosello and Mike Bollinger on Wednesday to discuss how to convey a culture of growth to candidates and use technology to improve the recruiting process. Employees are the absolute best recruiters now. Organizations need to be using social media to push culture from inside to out. #hrtechconf — Mary Kaylor (@SHRMKaylor) October 4, 2016 "The market has moved from people finding jobs to jobs finding people" #recruiting mega session #HRTechConf — getTalent (@gettalent) October 6, 2016 Digital Disruption Advancements in technology have created a whole new world for HR professionals to improve talent management. The problem? According to Barry Libert, CEO of Open Matters, 98 percent of today's organizations are neither truly digital nor networked. In his session, Liebert explored how digital transformation is driving change in IT and how HR leaders can take part in the discussion. "Recruiting is like marketing and sales and our tools need to be able to enable us to work like that" @elaineorler AMEN SISTER. #HRTechConf — Christy Childers (@christychilders) October 5, 2016 @RAEricksonPhD @Josh_Bersin well said, and great slide — Kevin Nash (@AccessHRkevin) October 5, 2016 "Every company is a technology company, and every HR leader is a technology leader" - @SteveBoese #HRTechConf @HRTechConf #futureofwork pic.twitter.com/bLXLJW3ZZE — Michael M. Moon, PhD (@mikemmoon) October 5, 2016 Lack of speed kills deals. Find #hrtech that pushes data to you in order to stay ahead of comp #HRTechConf — Paul Bridgewater (@PBridgewater01) October 6, 2016 Women in Tech This year's conference marked the inaugural 'Women in tech' panel attended by an overflowing crowd. The speakers, including our very own chief operating officer, Kirsten Helvey, spoke about how companies can better align the HR process to cultivate, develop and support women in tech. Women in HR Tech - be fearless, be comfortable taking risks, seek out the opportunities, know you add value #HRTechConf — Jennifer Payne (@JennyJensHR) October 4, 2016 "You often will be the only woman in the room and it can sometimes feel strange." But your diversity will add value #womenintech #hrtechconf — Mary Kaylor (@SHRMKaylor) October 4, 2016 "There are more CEOs named John than there are female CEOs." (via @TacyByham) What is wrong with this picture?! #HRTechConf #womenintech — Tracy Volkmann (@tvolkmannPR) October 4, 2016 Campus recruiting is important, but you also need the internal programs in place for onboarding ~ @lisamsterling #womenintech #hrtechconf — Mary Kaylor (@SHRMKaylor) October 4, 2016 We hope to see you at next year's HR Tech Conference! Photo: Twenty20

Cartoon Coffee Break: Virtual Conferences Are Here to Stay

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Cartoon Coffee Break: Virtual Conferences Are Here to Stay

Editor's Note: This post is part of our "Cartoon Coffee Break" series. While we take talent management seriously, we also know it's important to have a good laugh. Check back regularly for a new ReWork cartoon Virtual conferences are a relatively new addition in our world of work—and even after the pandemic has passed, they’re likely here to stay. They offer numerous benefits, like increased accessibility, cost savings and have smaller environmental footprints. And the attendee experience is only improving as companies across industries learn how to make these events as worthwhile online as they were in-person. For example, we’ve learned that virtual conferences feel fake if they’re too polished. Organizers should make space for ’human’ moments and shouldn’t edit out pauses, stumbles or bits of raw emotion. In a recent webcast, Arianna Rehak, the CEO of Matchbox Virtual, reiterated the importance of ’being real’ with attendees, saying: "Create a positive conversational environment that signals to others that they can join. That can be as simple as being the first to say, ’Hey, really excited to be here and get started.’ That will set the right tone." Including interludes or adding breaks to the event schedule can also help with attendee engagement. In addition, it’s important to make time for the breaks that occur naturally in-person. Virtual musical performances, games, quizzes, workout classes—or even dance parties!—are a great way to give everyone’s mind a break. This month, Cornerstone’s annual Convergence conference is going all-virtual—and we took these lessons to heart when building out our two-day program. We’ll not only include inspiring, authentic keynotes from different personalities and experts, but we’ll also offer attendees a place to connect and network with other industry professionals through digital forums and in-session chats. And to ensure that attendees have an opportunity for a break, Convergence will offer virtual yoga and meditation sessions, virtual photo booths and a cooking demonstration from a Michelin-starred chef! We hope you'll join us on September 16 and 17! To register for either the Americas or EMEA Cornerstone Convergence and build your personalized session schedule, visit: www.cornerstoneconvergence.com.

Recruiting Trends Conference Recap: In the Age of Automation, The Human Element Still Shapes Talent Acquisition

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Recruiting Trends Conference Recap: In the Age of Automation, The Human Element Still Shapes Talent Acquisition

Each year, Human Resource Executive (HRE) puts on the Recruiting Trends & Talent Tech Live! Conference to explore the latest and greatest recruiting trends shaping the talent acquisition landscape. Emerging technology, namely automation, was top of mind for presenters and attendees from the start, but the people that actually use this technology every day to draw in candidates were in the spotlight as well. The consensus? The human element is alive and well in the world of recruiting, Hosted at Caesars Palace in a surprisingly snowy Las Vegas, this year's conference weather had us expecting the unexpected right from the get go — and it did not disappoint. In case you missed it, we're sharing our two biggest takeaways from last week's event. Hiring Automation Has Left the Station From virtual assistants and recruiting chatbots, to bias detection and candidate sorting algorithms, a new wave of smart recruiting technology is bringing about huge changes to the talent acquisition industry. While a panel titled "Where's the Humanity? Is Recruiting Tech Making Us Less Human?" determined that a standard definition for "artificial intelligence" and "machine learning" in recruiting have yet to be agreed upon, there's no doubt that recruitment process automation has evolved beyond early adoption. As this technology becomes more available (and also, more affordable) Cornerstone's own principal consultant Tom Boyle took the stage with Michael Olsen, Talent Acquisition Manager at Good Samaritan, to discuss the company's journey to automate the hiring process. Olsen described how Good Sam revamped their application process and added mobile capabilities, reducing average time to apply from 30 minutes down to five. "This transformation alone helped them see a 33 percent increase in new applications," Boyle explained. "A variety of organizations spoke at the event about how they had streamlined the candidate experience while increasing the level of automation within their existing recruiting process." Candidate Engagement Is Everything With the U.S. economy booming and a near-record streak of low unemployment, the conference did not shy away from highlighting the challenges of today's labor market. Workers are now firmly in control of the recruiter/candidate dynamic, forcing employers and hiring teams to reevaluate their approach to recruitment. The recruiting tech industry has responded with a new crop of products and services focused on allowing recruiters to deliver improved candidate engagement and amplify their employer branding. During the event's opening keynote, Glassdoor's Rusty Rueff described that candidates are seeking greater transparency and have new expectations for employers. This means recruiters need to leave behind traditional post and pray job boards tactics, and instead embrace the idea of delivering incredible candidate experiences. Beyond the unique trends that emerge every year, there's always one constant at these events — and that is the critical importance of recruiters to their organizations. People are the lifeblood of a company, and recruiters are the heart that keeps pumping talent into the company. Photo: Creative Commons

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