Been a busy few months and fallen right out of the habit of blogging! Time to spur it on, since SXSW beckons later this week, which means it’s about five years since I started this. I certainly remember writing up some reflections after my first SXSW experience. That year, I stumbled across the TalentNetLive fringe event by accident. I learnt loads, met some great people and ended up with a new found respect for frozen Margeritas.
I’ve been back every year since and spoken a couple of times. This year the event returns, but to a new location. I’ll miss the Iron Cactus, but I’m intrigued to take the tour of Whole Foods HQ and see what’s happening there. I’m also excited by my topic, since it in no way reflects what I originally proposed! One of the joys of the event is the fluidity – so rather than a workshop on Agile Recruiting, I’ll be chatting with Bill Boorman about data. Data aggregation, manipulation, uses. Data for good vs data for evil. Should be a wide-ranging discussion, and one in which Big Data shall not be mentioned!
I’m also looking forward to catching up on the Dice Open Web product. A large part of it started life in London as the SocialCV around the same time I was working on the TweetJobs product, so it’s great to see how far the tech has come. I’m hoping Bill Fischer is there again, as a half hour chat with him often leaves my brain fried for the rest of the day. Always an experience. As I understand it, Open Web now sucks in more data than ever (130 sources aggregated?) – and the firm have produced mobile versions of the app too. They’ve also been working hard on personal/direct ways to approach candidates too – which with plummeting InMail response rates could just be the dream ticket for many recruiters.
Much as I’d like to, I’m not even going to attempt live-blogging DiceTalentNet – too many good people that I don’t see often enough. You can be sure I’ll tweet the highlights though, so keep an eye on Twitter on Friday. Hashtag to be confirmed….
Last I checked, there’s a handful of tickets still available. If you’re a recruiter heading for SXSW, make sure you add this option.