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Conference Survival Guide

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Summer is almost here and while it seems far away now, fall will be right around the corner. Our team is already in full conference mode and preparing for upcoming events, including DirectEmployers 2013 Annual Meeting & Conference (DEAM13), taking place this October in sunny San Diego, California.

In preparation for the busy conference season ahead, we’ve put together some tips to help you get the most out of the events you may attend.

Make Plans Pre-Conference
We’ve got a great agenda this year, jam-packed with a number of can’t-be-missed sessions in our recruiting, compliance and leadership tracks. To make things a little less hectic, plan out which sessions you wish to attend ahead of time. This will give you more time to network, browse the expo hall and enjoy the experience!

Share the Knowledge Post-Conference
In order to bring what you learned back to the office (and to ensure that you are approved to come back next year), provide your supervisor and fellow department members with a write-up of key takeaways and suggestions on how you can implement them in your organization.

Put Your Smartphone Away
While it may be tempting to check email on your mobile devices every few minutes, try turning them off during the sessions and direct all of your attention to the event. You came to network and learn—wait until breaks or later in the evening to catch up on your emails and work tasks.

Part Ways with Your Team
Attending with your co-workers? While it may be tempting to stick together, try splitting up and attending a variety of sessions. Be sure to take notes and share the knowledge with one another post-event. There may be some really great tips to be acquired from sessions you might otherwise have missed.

Take Advantage of Evening Social Events
If you have a free night, take the opportunity to take in the sights of the area with your new connections – head to dinner or enjoy the nightlife as a group. Bonding over shared experiences could lead to beneficial business opportunities in the future!

Join the Conversation
From asking questions during the Q&A sessions to getting involved through social media, being conversational is crucial to getting the most of your experience. If there is something you want to learn from a speaker that wasn’t covered in the presentation, don’t be afraid to ask. And tweeting with the designated conference hashtag is another way to connect with other attendees, while sharing points of the presentations that resonate with you. Get a conversation going and make plans to meet up!

Bring and Collect Business Cards
Networking is a major component of attending a conference. The quickest way to share your contact information with another attendee is to swap business cards. There are also great apps available, such as CardMunch, which enable you to capture images of business cards with your mobile device and add the information directly to your contacts list. Post-conference, connect on the various social media networks and reach out with a simple, “It was nice meeting you and I look forward to staying in touch” message. A little goes a long way!

DirectEmployers will be at many upcoming conference include NACE 2013 Conference & Expo, HCI Strategic Talent Acquisition, SHRM 2013 Annual Conference & Exposition and the 2013 ILG National Conference. To see all events we’ll be attending, presenting or exhibiting, visit our Network with Us page.

Member Spotlight | Marty Spokony, Xerox U.S. Recruiting Manager

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
“I enjoy the strategy of business, and where business can go, particularly in our industry. I am fascinated by change and like to be thought of as a change agent.”

Marty Spokony
U.S. Recruiting Manager, Xerox

Marty Spokony has been at Xerox for three and a half years and doesn’t skip a beat regardless of the many hats he wears as a manager of U.S. recruiting. Last fall we were able to learn about his history with DirectEmployers, the services he uses and what he enjoys most about a career in Human Resources.

What is your position at Xerox Corporation?
I am the U.S. Recruiting Manager and I manage a team of recruiters that supports all lines of business.

Do you recall how and when Xerox formed it’s relationship with DirectEmployers?
Xerox has been a DirectEmployers Member from the word “go.” Xerox is one of the original companies, but I have actually been connected to DirectEmployers even from my former employer. I worked for Unisys, also one of the original Member companies, so I have been aware of DirectEmployers for quite some time.

What is it about DirectEmployers that gives back to you? How does it help you in your everyday work?
DirectEmployers assists us with the SEO options and Direct Traffic reporting. These tools have actually helped our organization avoid cost, allowing us to walk away from other things that we were doing at higher cost.

We also benefit from the opportunity to network with Members. You find a lot of similar pain-points and can glean some really good knowledge from your peers.

DirectEmployers is a great partner when we have needed to draw upon their expertise to help keep us on the cutting-edge of what is coming for recruiting technology. DirectEmployers is made up of good people. Probably the best compliment I could pay them is that they are an organization I would want to work for.

In terms of networking, what are some of the things you rely on with regard to the annual conference or other in-person events involving DirectEmployers Association?
Although this year was my first annual conference, I have attended strategy meetings as well, which was great because I had the opportunity to meet many of my fellow Board of Director Members. Coming to the annual meeting allowed me to broaden that network.

Also, the learning sessions, like the Social Media pieces presented at the annual meeting, really resonated with what we are looking at as we examine the next step in our Social Media strategy.

Then there are the sidebar conversations on breaks between stocking up on coffee to learn a little bit more about what people are doing – it’s really just an all-around good experience.

If you talked with somebody else in the HR field that wasn’t a Member, what would be your “pitch” to encourage them to join?
I have the perfect example. We acquired Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) earlier this year and the minute they came on board, I started my pitch that DirectEmployers could benefit by helping them to avoid cost, while providing resources that they didn’t currently realize. That turned into not only ACS joining, but also one of the consulting organizations they had acquired. I also proactively work with other Members and staff to reach out to certain individuals. I would like to try to help bridge some gaps because I am a believer in what the organization stands for and I am certainly willing to help.

What is it about HR that you really enjoy doing?
I enjoy the strategy of business, and where business can go, particularly in our industry. I am fascinated by change and like to be thought of as a change agent. I enjoy consulting to an organization, but also believe it is fun to learn – we’re all students. Being in HR allows me to do all of these things. You get to wear a lot of different hats and be involved in many different processes, strategy, decision-making – at least that has been my experience. I don’t know if it’s unique to my company as Xerox is a great place to work. Net-net – it is just fun.

I love that! Thank you for your time.

Check out this infographic from Xerox:

Xerox, Why Your Boss Should Let You Print in Color

The Employment Line, Episode 2

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

This is The Employment Line: your direct connection for trends, tips and tools in the employment industry.

In this episode:

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Cari Dominguez (former EEOC chair)
  • Companies making a difference

Keeping you connected, with no waiting—The Employment Line. Thank you for watching.

The Employment Line is brought to you by DirectEmployers, a non-profit association of global employers, which provides simple, sophisticated solutions for Human Resources and Recruitment.