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by John Hagel
“Why we are losing the war for talent and how technology can make a difference”
Senior executives widely acknowledge they are in a war for talent, but they are focused on the wrong battlefronts. The success of Dilbert and The Office suggest that we are losing the war for talent. New generations of technology, in particular cloud computing, social software and big data analytics can help companies to reverse this trend. To do this, however, executives must shift their focus to the day to day work environment as the place where the war for talent will be won or lost. If we took talent development as a top priority, how would we redesign all dimensions of our work environment and what role might these new technologies play in that redesign?
”Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match, find me a find, catch me a catch…”,lyrics from Fiddler on the Roof about finding a perfect partner. Wouldn’t it be great if you could have someone to guide you towards what is a match for you, advise you in your career life, help you weed through the losers to find the fabulous ‘one’ that will make you whistle on your way to work AND whistle on the way home?
In Hunt or Be Hunted - How to get the Design Job you Really Want, you will be privy to the insights and success stories of three of the industry’s most respected representatives in their knowledge domains. You will also hear from a leading expert in the placement of designers. Each will relate real-world experience, guiding audience members through the maze of questions a designer has in this frenetic job market.
Who are you as a designer? What do you want to do, and how do you know it's the right thing.
What's your story? How to present yourself, your portfolio, and where you want to be.
Where should you be full time or freelance? What that means to your life, your career and how you are viewed.
When is it right? To look, to change, to know if this is the one.
How do you get there? Choosing the right company, assessing/selling to what they need, closing the deal.
Don’t be left in the dark. Don’t make blind decisions. Be informed, be guided, then be sure. Listen to these respected resources to help yourself to, “…find me the perfect match.”
New York is now the #2 startup hub in the country and rapidly rising; however, single most consistent reason given for NYC’s failure to nurture a culture of innovation is Wall Street: it sucks engineers in, drains them of their creativity, and stuffs them with so much cash they can never be “lean” again. This panel includes people arguing against Wall Street as a force for good, people arguing for Wall Street as a natural career path to startups, and people working to “keep kids off the Street” (i.e., keep engineering students from joining Wall Street hedge funds and I-banks).
In the capital of the latest tech boom, developers work late into the night creating the next big thing. But they take office culture just as seriously, fueling behavior that is reaching a level of froth not seen in a decade. Some web startups are partying like it's 1999. Companies say the fierce competition for talent among startups has necessitated extraordinary perks meant to attract and retain employees. But what makes startups a great place to work? Are they things like creative benefits, core values, philanthropy and dogs? This session is focused on creating uniquely successful and fun working environments with disruptive leaders from cleantech, healthcare, and enterprise tech startups.
You don’t have to live in Silicon Valley to work at a hot tech company – come learn how you can land a job in the beautiful city of Austin. HomeAway will provide the insider perspective and answer any questions about life and work in Central Texas for those interested in relocating. Led by the HomeAway recruiting team, attendees will also receive details about current openings at HomeAway.
When you’re running a small company, interns are amazing in theory (free labor!), yet in practice often a big fail. But do it right, and a strategically run army of interns can mean the difference between failure and success—especially for a startup or small shop. In five years of growing SMITH Magazine and its Six-Word Memoir project, Larry Smith has learned how to maximize interns’ time and skill sets, while offering a worthy experience for this free or barely-paid labor force. He’ll lead a conversation about how he’s done it, hear what’s worked for you, and leave you with new marching orders for your next intern brigade. Co-presenting is Andrew Maguire, founder of InternMatch (internmatch.com), which helps college students find amazing internships and recruiters more effectively source top talent.
9th–13th March 2012