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Reflections from Talent42

This is the first conference specifically for tech recruiters and leaders. The attendees were incredible and the speakers provided huge amounts of education. In an effort to share the learning and encourage future participation at Talent42 (next event, future webinars, etc), I wanted to share some of the key “take-home value” points that were shared at the event.

Alice Hill of Dice.com shared:

  • “The Tech talent market is at 3.5% unemployment, which is virtually fully employed”.
  • The top three of the “10 fastest growing cities in tech YoY” are:
    • Raleigh, NC at +50%
    • Richmond, VA at +40%
    • Houston, TX at +37%
  • “Top tech hiring priorities for 2012” have the top three roles on their list of 10:
    • Java/J2EE Developers
    • Software Developers/Engineers
    • Mobile Developers

You can always count on the GREAT Eric Jaquith to blow your mind with what he’s learned and begun to incorporate into his portfolio of incredible tools and techniques.

  • Check out www.mindmeister.com for a cool mind mapping and brainstorming tool.
  • www.teambox.com is a very intriguing tool that is an online collaboration project software that combines best practices in productivity with tools from social networking.
  • Zotero is a Firefox add-on that will help you collect, manage and cite your research sources (replicate success when the same/similar opening occurs in the future).

What a lineup! Carmen Hudson, Dave Mendoza, Gary Conaway, Kay Kelison, and Shally Steckerl on the same panel, sharing incredible tips and tools.

  • www.mailtester.com is a VERY simple, quick and easy tool to ensure that the email address you have for a candidate is valid (or not). Thanks Dave!
  • www.markmail.org is an aggregator of all tech discussions and where the conversations are taking place. Provides incredible statistics, and will also show their mobile and the "signature" of their workplace. Thanks Dave!
  • www.wordle.net was offered as a mechanism to (follow me here… this one is a technique and a tool, combined) explore the most common and prevalent terms in a job description and then in the candidate’s resume/CV. Here’s the idea, copy ALL of the text of either/both into Wordpad and then paste them into this site. In summary, this helps you to compare and contrast the similarities but will also surface the most prominent and common SEARCH terms. Thanks Shally!

Keep an eye open for additional “Reflections from Talent42” on our Quintessence™ blog. There was an INCREDIBLE amount of value shared but I’m also conscious of the rule of brevity when blogging!

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