As the 3,000-odd people who attended RecFest UK in July 2019 will attest, RecFest is known for being jam-packed with engaging speakers like Hung Lee, Peter Forbes and Bill Boorman. Covering all things in-house recruitment, resourcing and talent acquisition. But that’s not why we love it so much… What makes RecFest so appealing is the emphasis placed on knowledge sharing and peer-to-peer learning; the real golden nuggets that normal conferences just don’t offer enough opportunity for.
Some of what makes RecFest a favourite is the fact that they do things a little differently – like moving delegates to different tables and intentionally not giving people name tags. Not to mention this year’s theme, which is ‘heroes’. It’s all about how we can save the world by changing the game – in clever and sustainable ways that put people first while we embrace the technology that can facilitate this mission. It’s light and fun. Vendors will have themed booths and people are even encouraged to dress up.
Look out for the PASS team during this year’s ‘Second Stage’. And we’ll also be mixing it up with workshop sessions and deep dive fireside chats – celebrating the good deeds HR, TA and Recruitment Pros do daily and the tech and best practices that sets these “everyday heroes” up for success.
We’ve put together a quick list of sessions we won’t be missing:
9:00 – 9:40 Derek Redmond: Setting Yourself Up To Be A Hero
We are all familiar with the VUCA environment. But instead of letting it get the better of us, how can we embrace dealing with change and uncertainty so that it becomes the wind beneath our wings? Derek Redmond is set to explore just this…
9:40 – 10:10 Edan Haddock: Forget Everything You Know About Recruitment!
Everyone is talking CX. Candidate and Employee experience has become 2019’s HR buzzwords. Teams everywhere are reviewing their current processes to usher in a new era of transparent and consistent experiences that touch on everything from Recruitment Marketing to Employee Brand Proposition.
But what if it’s all wrong? The process of recruitment has remained the same for 40 years, even with the amazing tools and tech we have at our fingertips. Does advertising work? Do we need a CV? Does behavioral interviewing fairly assess fit and capability?
Imagine peeling it all back and designing recruitment processes from scratch. Forgetting everything we know and starting again. That’s exactly what you can expect from Edan’s session!
11:30 – 12:00 Bill Boorman and Joanne Lockwood: Gender Stereotypes Will Kill Us All. A Human Guide To Surviving
On August 28th we finally hit the “equal pay day” (https://www.businessinsider.com.au/this-chart-shows-exactly-how-many-extra-days-women-have-to-work-in-each-australian-state-to-earn-the-same-as-men-2019-8) for 2019. This marks the extra 59 days women must work from the end of the previous financial year to earn the same as their male counterparts.
Thing is there’s a whole lot more to the theme of gender in the workplace that equal pay and the Me Too movement… And that’s exactly what Joanne Lockwood and Bill Boorman will be sharing from their personal journeys toward Diversity & Inclusion.
13:45 – 14:15 Katrina Hutchinson-O’Neill: The TA Myth. How Come Everyone Else Seems To Be Doing it Better?
Explore and explode the myths on the ‘state of the nation’ for in-house recruiting in 2019. Explore the models and technology HR innovators are using today, while mapping some of the market leading tech tools into the TA maturity curve.
15:40 – 16:10 Hung Lee: Tricks or Trust? Candidate Engagement In The Attention Economy
The current challenge of recruitment has moved from candidate discovery (I.e. can I find the right person?) to candidate engagement (i.e. how can I get this person to talk to me?).
In this session, Hung Lee will explore the two broad paradigms which employers are using to improve engagement rates, and why one is definitively better than the other. Mixing in anthropology, conversational theory, psychological safety and social capital, Hung will make the case for trust rather than tricks in order to get better results in candidate engagement.
Can’t make it to RecFest this year? Follow the adventures of the PASS team at RecFest on Twitter and LinkedIn for snippets of the key takeaways and more or simply keep an eye on the official event hashtag, #RecFestAUS19.