Just a little Friday update

optionsXpress is looking for a chief marketing officer — someone with online and consumer experience.
 
On foreign accents
 
McKinsey says that “executives in China have become much more optimistic in the past six months.” India executives also are highly optimistic.
 
On the other hand … businesses in China are forgetting something.
 
We’d said before that Israel is quietly leading the world in innovation … meanwhile, however, its traditional (non-tech) industries are struggling.
 
I talked to the VP over at SkyWest — Necia Clark-Mantle. SkyWest is a successful regional airline that partners with United, Delta, and Midwest to handle parts of your flights. Business has improved for many of the airlines, causing some pilots from regionals like SkyWest to jump ship to United and other legacy carriers (where jobs are more prestigious than at regionals). Clark-Mantle says the company is holding more frequent recruiting events, and increasing referral bonuses.
 
I’m working on a panel of students (MBA, grad, undergrad) at ERE’s conference in D.C. this October. The students will get up on stage and answer questions about themselves, their career goals, life goals, where they want to live, how (if) they consume news, how they spend their time, and so on. Let me know if you know any high-achieving students (the type employers covet) who would want to get up on a stage in front of hundreds of recruiters.
 
By the way — speaking of ERE conferences … where would you want ERE’s 2008 Global conference to be held? Barcelona? Budapest? Vienna? Prague? Madrid? Baghdad? London?
 
AstraZeneca is cutting jobs.
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Speakers and Writers for ERE

ERE posted the release below recently on wire services. Let me know if you’re interested in speaking or writing. Todd
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New York – ERE Media, Inc. (http://www.ere.net) today announced a call for presentations for its upcoming 2008 ERE Expo recruiting conferences as well as articles for its Journal of Corporate Recruiting Leadership.

JOURNAL WRITING

The Journal of Corporate Recruiting Leadership is a print publication, published 10 times a year, and is the only publication of its kind designed for senior-level corporate leaders, mainly those who oversee and have responsibility for their organization’s recruiting function.

This journal is unique: Its content is in-depth and often includes flow-charts, org charts, formulas, metrics, and other information used by corporate recruiting departments. It’s written for corporate recruiting leaders who are managing teams of staffing and recruiting professionals. Published 10 times annually, the Journal of Corporate Recruiting Leadership features: case studies from recruiting leaders at top corporations; management and leadership tips from other corporate recruiting and human resources leaders; timely legal insight from top lawyers at the nation’s leading management-oriented law firms; and valuable employment and economic data.

The Journal is written by the readers – corporate recruiting leaders at companies like Starbucks, Valero, Home Depot, and Cisco. Journal editors are not looking for vendors of recruiting products and services to write, but rather corporate recruiting leaders.

Although the Journal of Corporate Recruiting Leadership is not online, sample articles are available. Those interested in writing can contact Todd Raphael at Todd@ere.net.

CONFERENCES

The first premier event of the year is in San Diego from March 31 – April 2, 2008. It’s for corporate recruiters and HR managers, directors and executives, and will address issues including souring hard-to-fill positions, diversity, talent management, workforce planning, finding passive candidates, workforce planning, branding, and other challenges that recruiting and staffing executives and others interested in talent issues (increasingly, CEOs are interested in the event) are facing.

ERE is currently accepting proposals from senior recruiting practitioners and others (including other executives such as a CEO or a CFO who are interested in talent issues) from leading corporations at this time. Proposals by vendors selling products to recruiters and recruiting executives will not be considered. To be considered as a presenter, please submit your proposal to Todd Raphael no later than August 1, 2007. Your proposal should include the following information to be considered:

* Proposed speaker name(s), job title(s), and company name(s)

* Contact information including address, phone, fax, e-mail

* Title and objective of presentation

* Brief outline of the presentation

* What the audience will gain from the presentation (please list 3 – 5 key “takeaways”)

* Previous conference presentation experience

* A short bio

* Three references (preferably associated with your previous speaking

engagements)

We are particularly interested in companies that, when it comes to their talent-acquisition programs, are innovative and progressive — doing things other companies haven’t yet done or addressing challenges many companies talk about but struggle for solutions to. We’re also particularly interested in sourcing-related topics.

The audience for the event: Staffing directors and VPs; Recruitment managers and senior recruiters; HR leaders; Talent management and acquisition professionals; Directors of diversity, college recruiting, employee referrals, and other talent-related corporate programs; C-level and other executives who aren’t in a recruiting department but are interested in talent-acquisition.