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Entries in global recruiting and perspectives (5)


Join us @ the NACE Social Media Mash Up in San Jose on 8.22 & 8.23


Global Employer Thought Leader Summit 

We recently returned from Israel where we were honored to chair the first ever Employer Thought Leader Summit in Israel, sponsored by MASA Israel Career Programs.

The summit brought together recruiting heads and leaders from major U.S. and Global employing organizations to engage in a week of meetings, forums, conferences and roundtables that focused on best practices on global recruiting and internships.

As we learned from our meeting with Saul Singer, one of the authors of "Start-Up Nation", Israel is a unique society that has cultivated an entrepreneurial work culture and made it a leading source of start up companies and social entrepreneurship. It is also a country that has many employers and government agencies  assessing and possibly re-thinking the concept of internships and the meaningful contributions they can make in a variety of work settings.

While we were there with senior representation from organizations including: Ernst & Young, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, Cisco, Teach for America and Whirpool to name a few. We met with Israeli fellows, employers and government officials and spoke at two conferences.

It was an amazing trip on so many levels.  If you are interested in learning more about the  Employer Thought Leader Summit, here are a few links to articles that discuss the project:

Jerusalem Post






Signs of an Improving Job Market: Positive Signs for the New Year

There were several stories disseminated in major news outlets today that discussed the significant drop in unemployment claims, giving rise to hope for an improved market for not only new graduates but for more experienced workers.

In fact at a meeting we attended in December with leading recruiting executives, all discussed plans to add positions and increase hiring in early 2011. A recent Linkedin poll also suported that a large number of employers intend to add headcount in the next 3-6 months. 

Keep in mind that there will be a demand for a variety of different types of jobs, from very technical and specialized positions to opportunities that require broad knowledge, strong communication skills and the ability to be flexible within a fast paced global economy.

Let's hope that the new year brings hope, good health and prosperity for all.


The Future of Recruiting

We wanted to share with you some comments and photos from our speaking engagement and participation in the 2010 Direct Employers Conference.

Trend data, best practices in recruiting college graduates and candidates in the experienced market were discussed, as well as projections for the future of recruiting and how social media will dramatically influence this landscape.

If you are not using social media to communicate to stakeholders or recommending that your students involve themselves in the professional aspects of social media, LinkedIn, Facebook etc., then you are not leveraging some of the most important strategies that are increasingly re-defining the recruiting space. 

As was clear to everyone who attended this year's Direct Employers meeting, many things are changing rapidly and there are many new innovations on the horizon that will impact all of our work.


Diversity and Inclusion - Global Perspectives

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is doing some exciting things.  Last week they hosted a Diversity and Inclusion Thought Leader's Summit in the Washington DC area and invited 100 thought leaders from around the world to participate in broad ranging discussions around issues of gender, workplace flexibility, education, employability and competencies for the global economy.  Fans Johansson whose work in cross-field and cross-cultural innovation and creativity has always been of relelevance to our efforts here at TruMann Consulting was the featured speaker.

I was privileged to be invited as a panelist addressing issues of education and employability skills and wanted to share what I articulated to the group as the key competency areas required to be successful in our increasingly global economy.  Briefly these include:

Job Content Competencies– specific to each position e.g. engineer needs to understand math and physics; an accountant, finance; a doctor, biology; a craftsperson, manual dexterity, etc.  Clearly technology plays a critical role in this area.

Career Success Competencies – communication - verbal and writen; team work –especially across diverse groups; analytical/problem-solving/critical thinking abilities; creativity/innovation; flexibility; empathy/sensitivity to clients/customers; commitment to life-long learning; focus and intensity as applied to tasks; resourcefulness.

Global Competencies – based on three key dimensions:

  • Knowledge of other cultural histories, people, countries, economies, and political systems
  • Ability to speak/think in other languages
  • Positive attitude/interest in engaging with people, experiences, settings, ways of thinking/living different from our own

What do you think? Let us know what you think!