Sunday, June 28, 2009

First Day in New Orleans for SHRM

Greetings from the Big Easy. This will be short and sweet since I got up WAY too early for my taste and only was home for 36 hours between the Cool Works Yellowstone / Teton adventure and taking off for NOLA. One could say my life has been a bit of a whirlwind. Also, in the midst of the 36 hours at home, I learned that all three of my photography entries made it into the juried photography show at the Shoreline Arts Festival. Yay me. I also did a lot of laundry.

Back to New Orleans. First, I'm happy to be here and to be sharing with other HR folks who could not make it to the 2009 conference. Merci beaucoup to the SHRM folks for giving me this opportunity. I am also thrilled to meet some of my long time twitter friends and other HR / recruiting bloggers whom I have admired for some time. Also, it's great to see "old" friends from previous conferences. No doubt, the virtual world is fantastic, but it sure is wonderful to have face to face conversations. I look forward to many more over the next few days.

I think the biggest take away I got today from SHRM directly was their influence in creating a standardized curriculum for HR students. They've created a template that has been implemented at over 100 schools across the U.S. This is a wonderful start. Certainly, when I was in college and already had an inkling that HR was something I wanted to do, the classes weren't there. I took one HRM class as a part of my business minor, but that's it. I'm glad to know that they're moving forward with this idea. Having a basis of knowledge in addition to what is tested on via the HRCI certification exams is good.

And, if you follow me at all, you knew that there would be photographs. They're not fancy, but you get the idea.

For real time updates, please follow me on twitter, or get the daily summary from here in New Orleans at the end of each day on this blog. Thanks for reading.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Happy Hour Tweetup at SHRM

@Frannyo is leading the charge for an HR Blogger tweetup on Tuesday, June 30 at the SHRM conference in New Orleans. Here's her exact tweet.

Organizing a #tweetup happy hour Tuesday at #SHRM09!! Lots of HR blogstars will be there. Location/time TBA. Sponsor opportunity! DM me.

As we get closer and more details are secured, I'll be sure to post them here. You got to love twitter. Happy Friday, folks!

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Evolution of (Social) Recruiting

Just this week a unique conference was held at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California. The Social Recruiting Summit brought together voices from the recruiting industry who pay particular attention to the social aspect of it. The speakers included many of the thought leaders of the industry.

And just because you were not a speaker, doesn't mean that you didn't contribute. Community is what social media is all about. Learning from each other and collaborating for a better future. Isn't that great?

Here is the video that opened the conference and it illustrates where recruiting has come from, where it is now, but poses the big question of what the future holds.

Lastly, you can find video streams from the conference to see what you missed by visiting the main social recruiting summit website. It's worth your time to listen to the voices of today's recruiting industry. You never know what you might learn.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

A How-To Guide to Corporate HR Blogging

Kudos and HUGE props to Ben Yoskovitz of Standout Jobs and Susan Burns of Talent Synchronicity for putting together this guide about blogging from a corporate HR department, or a one-(wo)man department as it may be for many of Cool Works' clients, called A Definitive Guide to Corporate HR Blogging. I highly recommend requesting this free guide from their website and reading it cover to cover. It's worth your time and energy and for those of you who have heard me speak at SHRA conferences about dabbling in social networking or blogs, here is the document you can share with your boss(es) to prove I'm right their value.

To Do List (hearkening back to Mark's legal presentations at SHRA) -

That is all.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Follow Friday for #SHRM09

The purpose of this post is to collect twitter call signs of those folks I know and those I hope to meet at the SHRM conference in New Orleans.

The easiest way to see them all and get the daily buzz about SHRM 2009 is by searching twitter by the hashtag #shrm09. For those that are not familiar with hashtags, they are simply a way to organize thoughts or people on twitter. You can hashtag anything - #jobs #coolworks #obama. Another cool feature of twitter is the ability to save searches on the right navigation bar so you can easily find what you're looking for again.

As I learn of more people going, I'll add them to this list for your benefit and mine. Also, check out LinkedIn for a list of conference attendees. Happy Friday!

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Blogging from SHRM in New Orleans

Just thought I would officially share that I'll be blogging from the annual SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management) conference in New Orleans later this month. I am looking forward to being surrounded by talented HR folks out there getting the job done every day. Plus, I get to hang out with many of my good HR and Recruiting friends, and other personalities, who I follow via social media like Laurie from PunkRockHR, Joel from Cheezhead, Erin from ADEPT HRM Solutions, Austin from MyFirstPaycheck, Sharlyn from HR Bartender, and many more.

I'm especially looking forward to seeing the HR Bloggers present on Wednesday, July 1st at 11:30am hosted by China Gorman and Sheryl Crow on Tuesday night. Woo Hoo!

Someone recently asked me what "former HR person" meant to me in my Twitter bio and jokingly asked if that meant I was a "recovering HR person." After a mini-conversation, which is easy to accomplish in 140 characters, I explained that I pay attention to HR, but it's not my day job anymore. So, I've updated my bio to reflect that I'm an "HR Spectator," as suggested by another tweeter, and I suspect that I'll always be one of those. HR is an incredibly fun and challenging career, and although I don't do it day-to-day anymore, I still admire those who do, and I do my best to keep my skills sharp to honor their efforts.

Give me a shout if you'll be at the SHRM conference or follow this blog or follow me on twitter throughout the conference to hear the latest and the greatest from the HR world.

Hope to see you in New Orleans!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009