What’s Happening in Our World?

For the fourth year in a row, ER Expo was held in San Diego last week before a vibrant and re-engaged crowd. It seems pretty clear to me that things are getting better: people were excited and ready for new challenges, there were lots of vendors with great new products, and the speakers were, as always, future-oriented but practical. Futurist Alvin Toffler gave a speech on the future that keeps on stimulating new ideas for me. ERE’s president, David Manaster, and his team did an outstanding job of putting this conference together and making it seamless.

Kate Bruener, David Manaster, David Birnbaum and Jim Dalton relax at the end of the first day of the conference.

This also seemed to be a more international conference than any of the ER Expos that came before it. I met people from Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Germany, and China.

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Trevor Vas and Sonia Tommaro from Australia.
Gerry Crispin and Mark Mehler invited some of us to dinner, where we solved many of the recruiting issues of this decade (if we could only remember them!).

From my own observations, the two big issues that seemed to float up out of the audience at this conference were centered around two topics: 1) employee screening and assessment and 2) measuring what we do. There were many questions about these topics, and I did an entire seminar focused on recruiting metrics, which drew a great crowd. But there were also there were also other issues being discussed, about how recruiting functions are being organized, about workloads, and about future hiring trends. There was also concern over outsourcing. To give you all a better picture of these concerns and trends, I am once again conducting my bi-annual survey on the state of our profession. For some time now I have periodically taken surveys of ERE readers to see what issues are foremost in your minds and to track emerging trends. Now that April has almost rolled around, it’s time to do it again. In order to make it easy for you to complete, I have put the survey on the web. You can access it by simply clicking on this link or by typing the following into your browsers: www.glrsurveys.com/recruitingtrends. It should only take five minutes of your time to complete this survey, and the results will give all of us a more complete picture of what’s happening out there. I will summarize and report on your answers to these survey questions over the next two weeks, and many of the questions will become topics for columns that will explore the issues in more depth. If you have ideas for articles, I am always open to suggestions. Just send me an email at kwheeler@glresources.com. Here are a few more pictures from ER Expo 2004 West:

Matt Casey, CEO of CampusCareerCenter.
Mark Mehler of CareerXRoads and Valerie Kennerson of Corning.
Steve Hunt, chief scientist at Unicru.
Gerry Crispin of CareerXRoads and Forrest Li of Corning play chess.
Gerry Crispin and Susan Burns of Federated Department Stores.

If you didn’t make it to ER Expo 2004 West in San Diego, don’t worry. ERE’s fall show is being held in Boston on September 13-15, 2004. I suggest that you attend!

Kevin Wheeler is a globally known speaker, author, futurist, and consultant in talent management, human capital acquisition and learning & development. He has founded a number of organizations including the Future of Talent Institute, Global Learning Resources, Inc. and the Australasian Talent Conference, Ltd. He hosts Future of Talent Retreats in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. He writes frequently on LinkedIn, is a columnist for ERE.net, keynotes, and speaks at conferences and events globally, and advises firms on talent strategy. He has authored two books and hundreds of articles and white papers. He has a new book on recruiting that will be out in late summer of 2016. Prior to his current work, he had a 20+year corporate career in several San Francisco area tech and financial service firms. He has also been on the faculty of San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco. He can be reached at kwheeler@futureoftalent.org.

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