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Nov172009

Social Recruiting Summit: Lessons Learned

When an event has Laurie Ruettimann as the Chairwoman, a list of unbelievable speakers, attendees from all over the world, quick hit sessions and is located in the city that never sleeps, my expectations are high. The Social Recruiting Summit did not disappoint. Here are a few of the insights that continue to resonate with me:

  1. Monster Worldwide should add a new revenue stream: event planning. I spent time organizing the #monstersocial tweetup with Eric Winegardner, Alana Lombardi and Kathy O'Reilly. Each person I interacted with from their organization was exceptional. The 675 Bar was a great venue. The tweetup was also a success due to the dedicated help of Ernest Feiteira and Kathleen Smith.

  2. When discussing social media and recruiting, show me the data! We want to see the actual return on your social media investment. Master Burnett, Fred Wilson and Gerry Crispin provided lots of insights and the true analytical impact of social recruiting.

  3. If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it at all. Blame it on my Midwestern roots or the influence of my parents. When speaking or interacting in a public social network, I always try to find the good points to comment about people or organizations. In the past, I haven’t always succeeded and I have been deeply humbled by those moments. One can deliver an authentic and memorable message to their target audience by being polite.

  4. The recruiting industry is full of unselfish leaders. I’m grateful to be a part of a conversation with those who are willing to share their experiences and miscues in social media, even in front of their competitors. Also, there are many of our colleagues that work tirelessly behind the scenes, especially the ERE team so that we can attend conferences like the Social Recruiting Summit.

  5. Conferences are more rewarding when we include everyone. I loved the Google Wave started by Chris Hoyt. It was like having a live wiki of the event where we could instantly collaborate and have a document to review or update in the future. ERE also provided the live feed online and posted the #socialrecruiting Twitter stream via Twubs. We could share ideas and feedback with those who were interested in the event, even if they were not there in person with us.

Thank you again to those who made certain that the Social Recruiting Summit was one of my favorite conferences this year. I appreciate the ways you have encouraged me to continue to evolve and learn. Hope to reconnect with my friends, old and new, again soon.

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Reader Comments (5)

Nicely put! So great to see the social media in action. It was great meeting you and an awesome event!

November 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Watson

Jenny, Truly a great time and memorable experience. Terrific meeting you and so many that I've been engaging with online. * There's nothing like the real thing. * ERE and Monster did a sensational job with programming/event planning. So much energy, enthusiam and optimism for what's to come. The line-up of speakers was top tier; Laurie, Fred, Carmen, Susan, John, Master, Gerry and Jessica. Invaluable take-aways from each. And, the venue in a NYC comedy club?! Stars aligned and stars were born! What is most exciting is that we're still in the early-adopter/acceleration stage. And, we're figuring it out together. I'm with you 100%, be positive, be authentic and "show me the data." An honor to be part of the conversation. Best, Mike

November 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike Ramer

Lisa (aka @watsonlg):
Thanks for bringing out the best in everyone you meet. Love your approach to work - you make it fun!

Mike:
We have "met" in many virtual social networks, including The Recruiting Animal Show! It was nice finally meeting you in real life (IRL). I appreciate your comment and hope that we continue the social recruiting conversation.

November 17, 2009 | Registered CommenterJenny DeVaughn

Wow! Great positive feedback. It's so nice to share an industry with such talented and thought provoking professionals such as yourself. Thank you for helping to organize such a successful event on Sunday night, #monstersocial rocked and so do you! Great to meet you!

November 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelyssa Bernstein

Melyssa aka @melshel99 - Thank you for your nice comment. I really appreciate it and have so many great photos to share from the #monstersocial. I'm creating a video from our fun tweetup. Hope all is well in Florida!

November 18, 2009 | Registered CommenterJenny DeVaughn

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