Home >> Content Tracks >> Content Tracks >> Finding IT Talent Session Track Finding IT & Engineering Talent Directly addressing the deepening challenge of recruiting IT & engineering talent, we have designed a range of sessions for executives and recruiters looking for innovative talent sourcing strategies, insights on the most effective talent acquisition technologies and the latest techniques delivered by the titans of recruiting. Sponsored by: Avionte Staffing and Recruiting Software PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP Tuesday, November 5 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Take Your Sourcing Skills to the Next Level This workshop is designed for all who are looking for technical talent – sourcers, recruiters and recruiting managers. Owners/CEOs of firms are encouraged to participate as well. Facilitator: Irina Shamaeva, Chief Sourcer, Brain Gain Recruiting Pre-registration is Required. Laptop Required. Seating is limited to the first 40 registrants. See Workshop Agenda This 3-hour intensive workshop addresses the biggest challenge facing IT & engineering staffing firms today –finding and securing the right talent for their clients. During this hands-on workshop (requires a laptop), you will be exposed to new ideas and creative solutions with an in-depth review of the tools to use and the online resources available to source technical talent (including finding potential candidates that others won’t). Plus you’ll gain an understanding of how to attract the attention of passive candidates. Learn searching and sourcing methods, tips on LinkedIn, Github, StackOverflow, and how to combine various sources. Learn to build custom search engines and alerts using terminology variations and synonyms. Participants will review technical terminology such as, “front-end”, “back-end”, “full stack”, “open source”, Hadoop, and more. Specifics of different roles such as Developer, Data Scientist, QA Engineer, Build Engineer, DBA, Network Admin, etc., will be discussed. Understanding technical terminology is critical for navigating searches, and more importantly, the talent you are recruiting want to know you understand the value their skills bring to the position. To close the workshop, we will host a Sourcing Challenge! Participate in the 2019 TechServe Sourcing Challenge with the winner being recognized on stage at our opening keynote! Be a TechServe sourcing Rock Star and participate in this timely, hands-on workshop! BREAKOUT SESSION Wednesday, November 6 10:45 am - 11:45 am Titans of Recruiting Moderator: Vikki Whitefoot, Director of Recruiting, LRS Consulting Services Panel Members: Barb Bruno, CPSR, CPSAE President, Good as Gold Training Alison Daley, CEO, Recruiting Innovation Irina Shamaeva, Chief Sourcer, Brain Gain Recruiting In any field, there are individuals who stand out from the rest. Their depth of knowledge and experience far surpasses ordinary trainers and would-be experts. A discipline’s Yoda! In this session, we have assembled a remarkable panel of three individuals with long, deep and diverse experience in recruiting. Through an interactive discussion, our panelists will share their wisdom, unique insights and strategies for successfully recruiting in IT and engineering staffing today. WORKSHOP Wednesday, November 6 1:15 pm - 3:45 pm The Tech Toolkit Facilitator: Alison Daley, CEO, Recruiting Innovation A primer for enhanced communication with technical people: Knowing how they think, what they say, what they do and understanding their language. The Tech Toolkit Workshop will provide you with a systemized way to engage with technical clients and candidates while also speeding up your comprehension of new technical roles. One big pain point in the world of tech recruiting is that learning about technology is modular, piecemeal, and inconsistent. Enter the Alignment Framework™: the tech toolkit designed to help talent professionals have more authentic relationships with their technical clients and candidates. In this hands-on workshop you will be introduced to three tools from the product design process that elevates our role from note taker to value-add consultant in the technical recruiting process. This framework enables us to quickly learn about new roles, establish credibility with technical professionals, and provides an easy-to-follow conversation template for technical intakes and interviews. We will then leverage this toolkit to learn about the most in-demand tech roles in the market. With each role, you will learn about the workflow, junior & senior level profiles, and the key technical terms and tools most utilized by this discipline. After this workshop, you will have the confidence, the toolkit, and the knowledge you need to recruit the best technical talent. Your clients will quickly see that you are a talent professional that gets it. The workshop is specifically designed for: Technical recruiters, business development professionals, account managers, or anyone who wants to elevate their communication with a technical audience. BREAKOUT SESSION Wednesday, November 6 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm What Works: Technology for Staffing Firms That Drives Productivity & Profitability Moderator: Maurice Fuller, Founder, StaffingTec Conference Panel Members: Vincent Devoe, Business Application Manager, Signature Consultants Michael Tosto, National Recruiting Director, Harvey Nash Anastasia Valentine, President/Managing Partner, Resource 1 John Bemis, Partner - Director, IT Services, Benchmark IT While there is a lot of buzz about the use of technology by IT and engineering staffing firms, what really works? What technologies available today are delivering measurable results? Join staffing firm executives who will address: What high ROI tech solutions have improved their company’s operational and financial performance. How should you think about integrating new technologies into the day-to-day operation of your firm? Given current trends, how will technology impact IT and engineering staffing firms in the future? There will be an opportunity for questions. BREAKOUT SESSION Wednesday, November 6 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm Navigating Staffing Legal Risk and the New Immigration Landscape: Real Life Stories Moderator: William S. Josey, Business and Staffing Industry Attorney, Compliance Consultant, William S. Josey, LLC Panel Members: Michael Hammond, ESQ, Hammond Law Group & William Josey Harvey Shulman, Owner, Expert Advice and Counsel Robert Brown, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Signature Consultants Dispensing with the usual lecture format and a laundry list of ‘dos and don’ts,’ lawyers with decades of industry experience will draw upon real life examples of legal issues encountered by IT and engineering staffing firms. Whether it’s a demand to pay overtime, claims of discrimination, or the arbitrary denial of H-1B visa petitions, the panel will explore where the real risks lie and how to effectively maneuver through a dramatically different immigration environment. There will be time reserved for your most pressing legal questions. BREAKOUT SESSION Thursday, November 7 10:45 am - 12:00 pm Recruiting IT Talent for (and by) the Ages Presenter: Eric Gregg, Founder & CEO, ClearlyRated There are more millennials in the American workforce than any other generation, and by 2028, 58 percent of the workforce will be millennial or younger. Join noted industry researcher and speaker Eric Gregg as he shares research on how millennials find and select the IT and engineering staffing firms they partner with and key strategies these industry firms must master to stand out today and in the future. Both strategic and pragmatic, this session will give you the tools and strategies to attract, retain and hire the top industry tech talent. BREAKOUT SESSION Thursday, November 7 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm Diversify: How to Thrive in a Tight Tech Market Presenter: Allison Daley, CEO, Recruiting Innovation With the near-negative unemployment rate in the tech industry, it is paramount that we expand our recruiting efforts in order to continue to deliver value to our clients. Improving diversity in tech is critical for a firm’s survival in an increasingly competitive market. The organizations that do the work to integrate a few key initiatives to the way they source and recruit diverse talent are delivering additional value to their clients, and differentiating their firms in the process. In this session, learn what you can immediately implement to improve where and how you source a broad swath of technical candidates. We’ll cover: Untapped candidate pools to source from – what is your diversity strategy? How to optimize job postings and outreach messages to improve your engagement rates – don’t miss out on great talent simply because your communication strategy turned them off! Interview processes that support diverse types of candidates – ensure your evaluation process isn’t creating false negatives that turn away solid candidates! How to collaborate with clients to help them improve their diversity initiatives through hiring – Your firm can help your client meet their diversity goals! Join talent strategist Alison Daley as she shows you how to stay competitive in a tight tech market by improving your diversity rates across the sourcing, recruiting and placement process.