Just returned from the conference and will share some of my initial thoughts. This conference was attended by 1500 recruiters and HR personnel. The sessions, in general, were good. I heard lots of discussion on how companies should manage and measure their hiring practices. All the good things that we have heard discussed for years - how to best create communication and collaboration between the recruiting staff and the hiring managers.
The topic near and dear to me, retention and hiring of the older workforce, is what I wanted to hear about! I had hoped to hear from some of the corporate recruiters that they recognized the current value and future need for the over 50 crowd. Again, I heard lots of talk about the changing demographics of the work force (aging) but the staffing solutions centered on how to best recruit and retain a younger workforce.
Lots of statistics and graphs were presented but one caught my interest. Stephen Lowisz, CEO of Qualigence, (www.qualigence.com) was the keynote speaker.