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My Unconference Call For #truManchester by @CloudNineRec

September 6, 2010

I’ve asked Steve ward of cloud nine recruitment to lead 2 tracks at #truManchester. I always like to get attendees from events to lead future tracks, because the ones who stand out are usually not the track leaders. (No offence.)

I’ve been impressed by the way he has gone about implementing social recruiting in to a small recruitment business on the south coast. He has real experience to share rather than theorey.

here is what Steve has to say about his tracks:

Tomorrow I set off to sunny (ahem!) Manchester to be part of Bill Boorman’s next outstanding Recruitment Unconference adventure, as I take my place amongst the track leaders of #truManchester, at the Manchester Conference Centre; but equally thrilled just to be there.

I went to #truLondon in February, as a recruitment veteran, but a social media/modern technology novice – and gained outstanding insight into where the recruitment industry should be going, but isn’t. Others will say that it is getting there. I would still say… slowly, very, very slowly. Much of February was a blur, but I met some good people, and heard some great theory, and the reality of it all is that there were some real case studies, but they were in the US – which is a hell of a big country. I go to #truManchester a little wiser about Social Media and how in can impact recruitment effectiveness, but still bemused by the lack of take-up by the recruitment industry.

If you are a recruiter in and around the Manchester/North West region, and you are conscious of how the communications world is overtaking the recruitment industry, and fast – you should be there. If you can’t be there – get on Twitter and follow the hashtag #truManchester. Social Media is not a fad, nor is it a waste of sales time; Technology is developing, and it is relevant to recruitment; The Candidate landscape is constantly moving, and we need to catch that fast train. These things matter, to good insightful recruitment professionals.

The format is easy. No conference speakers, no big auditoriums, no presentations, no gurus – it’s all about discussions in the form of `tracks` led by some facilitators, but in an open discussion format. No man or woman is more or less an `expert` than any other. Frankly it’s blissfully unstarry and grounded.

I shall be one of the Track Leaders on the subjects of `The Future of Recruiting` with Jennifer McClure and Mervyn Dinnen, and `Social Media Circus` with Glenn Le Santo and Jennifer McClure again. I shall bring my clown hat especially for the latter track. But I look forward to chewing the fat over some other great subjects on an awesome agenda.

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