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From the ERE Conference’s First Day: Are Recruiters Ready to Be Masters of the Universe?
Posted By John Hollon On April 17, 2013 @ 12:26 pm In News and Features | 5 Comments
No one ever said that recruiting was simple, or easy, and if you were listening Tuesday on Day 1 of the Spring 2013 ERE Recruiting Conference & Expo  in San Diego, you know that there is an overwhelming desire for how to do it better in today’s rapidly changing, post-recession workplace.
Ron Mester, the president and CEO of ERE Media kicked off the two-day event by observing that recruiting seems to be at a precipice and is viewed by recruiters and other talent managers in one of two very different ways:
So which is it? Are recruiters on the precipice, just waiting for that next big object to fall on them, or are they the new Masters of the Universe?
Ron Mester’s belief is that recruiting is ready to move to the “Masters” stage, and these are the reasons that in-house recruiters can become masters:
But added this: for recruiters to get there they need to address these four challenges:
In short, it’s time to rethink/transform the talent acquisition department. It needs to be re-imagined as opposed to reengineered, with new approaches, new priorities, and new metrics.
That’s just a short and perhaps sketchy synopsis of the kickoff presentation at the Spring 2013 ERE Recruiting Conference & Expo , but it led into a number of other sessions that were focused on what recruiters are doing, and more importantly, how they might be able to do it differently.
Here are some of the ones that jumped out at me:
I couldn’t get to all the presentations and panel discussions on Day 1, of course, and this is just a taste of what the 800-plus attendees here in San Diego had to choose from. There will be a lot more today on Day 2, of course.
But what jumped out at me, after a full day of a focus on recruiting and recruiters, is that the world is dramatically changing and if you’re not changing as quickly, you won’t be able to really compete and help your organization succeed in the new War for Talent.
Is that a big surprise? No, it’s not, but I don’t think anyone really gets a clear sense of the problem until you hear so many high level recruiting executives tell you about it in every possible, conceivable way.
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URLs in this post:
 Spring 2013 ERE Recruiting Conference & Expo: http://www.ererecruitingconference.com/2013spring/
 Wile E. Coyote Group: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wile_E._Coyote_and_The_Road_Runner
 Masters of the Universe.: http://www.comicvine.com/masters-of-the-universe/4060-49536/
 Mara Swan: http://www.ererecruitingconference.com/2013spring/speakers/6422/
 Hiring Manager Panel: What Makes Hiring Managers Great?: http://www.ererecruitingconference.com/2013spring/agenda/session-descriptions/#session-772
 John Vlastelica: http://www.ererecruitingconference.com/2013spring/speakers/105/
 Eric Stromberg: http://www.ererecruitingconference.com/2013spring/speakers/6565/
 Julie Szudarek: http://www.ererecruitingconference.com/2013spring/speakers/6892/
 Building a Strategic Recruiting Function: http://www.ererecruitingconference.com/2013spring/agenda/session-descriptions/#session-768
 Alan Strauss: http://www.ererecruitingconference.com/2013spring/speakers/6049/
 Michele Neiman: http://www.ererecruitingconference.com/2013spring/speakers/6047/
 Keith Elson: http://www.ererecruitingconference.com/2013spring/speakers/6296/
 Miranda Kalinowski: http://www.ererecruitingconference.com/2013spring/speakers/6607/
 Why the Dot-com Boom/Bust Was Just a Warmup for Recruiting Leaders: http://www.ererecruitingconference.com/2013spring/agenda/session-descriptions/#session-736
 Alan Fluhrer: http://www.ererecruitingconference.com/2013spring/speakers/6423/
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