While my specialty isn't recruitment I found it great to be in the room with passionate recruiters who truly want to merge candidate experience with new technology to forge ahead in this new competition for talent.
the day started off with a wonderful panel discussion with Aaron Green, Founder/President of PSG moderating a panel that included Lori Cunningham, Director of Talent Acquisition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Maria Harris, CHRO at Rockland Trust, Celeste Narganes, Head of Executive, Marketing, People Operations & G&A Recruiting at Hubpost, and Andy Porter, Executive VP & Chief People Experience Office at Relay Therapeutic. The over all theme of this panel? You have to create the environment you need to attract the people you want.
Hubspot has found remote hiring is necessary in the "competition for talent." Their remote employee base is now the third largest in their company (behind Dublin and Cambridge). #NEHRATalent— Christine Assaf (@HRTact) February 12, 2020
"I don't think about recruiting as a process anymore... It's about individual experiences." Andy Porter with Relay Therapeutics #NEHRATalent— Christine Assaf (@HRTact) February 12, 2020
After that I attended the first breakout session of the evening "Using Analytics to Hit Your Mark" presented by Linda Catalado, VP of HR at Vertex, Cheryl Jacobs, Executive Coach, Facilitator and Leadership Developer at MCG Partners, and Jessica Pilat, VPO or Marketing at BAO. This session was all about data and how to leverage it to enhance your recruitment.
Key takeway: Challenge your own assumptions, trust your data. Leverage it to justify your hiring but keep humans in the center. #NEHRATalent— Christine Assaf (@HRTact) February 12, 2020
I appreciated the practical application discussion as well as the approach that we're not using data to make hiring decisions, but rather to confirm them. All the panelists seemed to invest and embrace data in their organizations as a way to enhance their recruitment efforts.Jessica Pilat says they took the data and had tough, but beneficial conversations with their recruiters and showed how "going with your gut" in hiring didn't work. #NEHRATalent— Christine Assaf (@HRTact) February 12, 2020
Interesting to hear examples of using performance data, payroll, etc (internal and external data) to create analytics for HR and talent acquisition.— Christine Assaf (@HRTact) February 12, 2020
It's certainly a large undertaking to create and maintain but worth the front end investment. #NEHRATalent
Overall, they recognized that part of using data analytics in recruitment is making sure it's not just a recruitment function but a organization wide strategy.Re data analytics: "Numbers vs gut feeling... and how you marry the two." #NEHRATalent— Christine Assaf (@HRTact) February 12, 2020
In the next session I went to "creating a Proactive Recruiting Strategy" hosted by Jayne Mattson, President/Career Management Consultant at CareerEdge. Jayne's big message: It's all about building your network. She discussed the "Hidden Job Network" and went through strategies on how recruiters can expand their efforts to make finding talent easier.
Ultimately Jayne ended the session encouraging TA specialists to think beyond just filling a role but instead creating connections and networking in a more proactive approach.. @Jaynemattson asks the audience "How many of you think recruiting has gotten less and less human and relies too heavily on technology?"— Christine Assaf (@HRTact) February 12, 2020
Sea of hands go up. #NEHRATalent
After lunch and some networking it was time for the last breakout session and I attended the "Building Strong Relationships with Hiring Mangers" session presented by Susan Ricardi, Sr. Talent Acquisition Partner, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.
This presentation was chock full of practical ways to bridge the gap between what the hiring manager thinks they want and what they really need. Susan gave insights into her processes at HPHC and really helped the recruiters in the room understand how important it is to collaborate with the hiring manager in a way that serves everyone in the organization.— Christine Assaf (@HRTact) February 12, 2020
Lastly, after a quick visit with some Workforce Readiness partners, it was time to hear from Tracie Sponenberg, Chief People Officer for The Granite Group. Her talk on The Evolution of Employer Branding: Beyond Buzzwords was entertaining and delivered a clear message - you are what you brand. With some funny quotables and meme-y slides Tracie was dynamic and a great way to end the day.
— Christine Assaf (@HRTact) February 12, 2020
Nice job @traciespon sharing why employer branding is important to the talent community #NEHRATalent #employerbranding pic.twitter.com/oR5OSZZiov— Eva Z Metro - Social Media Branding Enthusiast (@evametro) February 12, 2020
After that there were afternoon cocktails with schmoozing and the day was done. I didn't get a chance to see some of the other breakout session so here's a few other tweets from the day:Inspired by @traciespon on how best to build & maintain an employer brand. It starts with ‘what makes you special?’ #NEHRATalent @reacHIRE pic.twitter.com/hHePDsEo0J— Addie Swartz (@AddieSwartz) February 12, 2020
“How do you get the budget for new stuff? You relate it back to the business.” @philstrazzulla @bestb2bsoftware @northeastHRA #NEHRATalent pic.twitter.com/tEuRzcAiCD— Tracie Sponenberg (@traciespon) February 12, 2020
Overall, it was interesting and enlightening to be a "people strategy" person in a room full of recruiters. Understanding their struggles, strengths, and upcoming challenges helps to give a frame of reference in my own people processes and strategies. Part of having good business acumen is knowing what each "silo" faces each day and where they long to be. Truly enjoyed being a guest at the NEHRA Talent Acquisition summit.“The (hiring) experience an assembler and an EVP have should not be different.” Emma Woodthorpe #NEHRATalent— Tracie Sponenberg (@traciespon) February 12, 2020
And I'm marking my calendar for the Learning & Organizational Development Exchange that's happening on August 19th in Boston. But you can see all the NEHRA events here. Come geek out about all things OD with me.