It takes a lot of money and effort to get to SXSW. Now that you've made it to Austin for the big event, what are the tips, tricks, and best practices you can use to effectively raise your profile?
by Todd Henry
For creatives in today's workplace, it sometimes feels like the mandate is "make it brilliant, or start working on your resume." At the same time, creativity often seems like some mystical, elusive force that sits somewhere between prayer and the US Tax Code on the ambiguity scale - either the creative juices are flowing, or they're not. How can creatives be held responsible for something that often seems beyond their control?
The good news is that by making small changes in a just few key areas of your life, it's possible to increase your chances of having brilliant ideas when you need them most. By addressing the dynamics of workplace creating, the assassins of creativity, and five key practices for creatives, this session will set you up to be prolific, brilliant and healthy in life and work.
by Dan Finnigan
There's nothing like the thrill of a new relationship, and a rising generation of star talent likes the rush a new job brings. In today’s workplace everyone is an entrepreneur and employee/employer relationships are switching from everlasting to in-the-moment.
Employees are hyper connected and always positioning themselves for a potential next big move. But instead of looking back at what once was, they’re embracing this new honest style of employee. Hiring managers have begun to develop new strategies for harnessing that energy for the short term, and crafting recruiting tactics to constantly be in touch with a large pool of talented individuals to easily replenish their ranks or grow. They want to get their hands on the talent while it is up for grabs, and are not married to the idea that it needs to last forever.
Dan Finnigan, CEO of Jobvite, will present industry statistics which reveal how serial monogamist employees can actually fuel a company’s growth and innovation.
”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.”
You've networked like a politician, found your dream job, and nailed the interview. It's crunch time, and the Evil HR Lady leans back and asks: "Sooo… what kind of salary were you looking for?" Salary negotiation is a critical skill needed throughout your career, but one that no one ever taught you. Freezing up at this key moment can cost you thousands. You need to become a Salary Negotiation Rock Star. Jim Hopkinson will read from his book “Salary Tutor: Learn The Salary Negotiation Secrets No One Ever Taught You,” which uses storytelling, case studies, illustrations, and just the right touch of humor. Learn what to say and when to say it. Master successful FBI negotiation techniques. Harness your social media network to gather information. Create a one-of-a-kind document to secure the highest salary range. Based on Jim’s real-world experience at Wired, ESPN, and a tech startup, this presentation will help you get paid what you deserve.
by Raeanne Young, Andi Shively, Drew Stephan, Poonam Whabi and Jack Aponte
Most experienced IT folks have faced the choice of freelancing versus working for an established business. Freelancing offers creative autonomy but not necessarily steady income. A job with a larger company provides a steady paycheck but often comes with creative and personal constraints.
We are part of a growing movement among creative professionals who want an alternative to traditional business structures. The worker-cooperative business model enables IT professionals to maintain control of their work and life, produce excellent work, and retain the benefits of the value that they create, without sacrificing security. Our tech cooperatives offer the support and team approach of a firm but are entirely owned and democratically governed by the folks who work in them - us.
This is a moderated panel with a focused, first-person discussion of different experiences of working in tech cooperatives. We will explain why a growing number of IT professionals prefer working in a co-op setting, the advantages and drawbacks of a democratic workplace, and the processes of starting and maintaining a worker cooperative.
An editor, researcher, and program manager walk into a bar. They are looking to help talented people who have personality and technical chops. As they down a Shiner, they look for a coherent story that tells who you are, what you’ve done, and where you can go. In this session we'll share our tips then jump into live reviews of resumes and a variety of online profiles. Beyond the action verbs and a Google search, these three will help you synchronize what you show on paper and online. They'll show how your online presence (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, About.me) can help an employer picture you in their organization. How can you show yourself to be unique? How do your other digital selves support your claims? Hear how these three, with years of hiring experience, approach evaluating job candidates. Bring us your resumes, your profiles and your questions.
by Jason Womack
Understanding the fundamentals of workflow and the principles of human performance enable entrepreneurs with the tools and the processes to get more of their work done, on time, with fewer resources and with less stress. Learn what top performers know, do and say about professional productivity and effective leadership. If there were just a handful of secrets to being more purposeful, productive and profitable this year, when would you want to know them? Tomorrow? Next month? How about right now? As an entrepreneur your work is always "right there." On the job or off, while you're commuting or while you're out to dinner with clients, your mind wanders over your to-dos. The solution: Call it all work. This session is about "the psychology, sociology and technology" of productivity. You will learn how to get more done and done faster by conquering the three channels affecting your productivity:
How we work is changing. But where we work isn’t.
Over the last ten years a new way of working has emerged, along with some people who live it every day. They’re available 24/7. They network endlessly, and then plug their skills into others’ in surprising combinations. They choose when and how they do what they do, on their terms. They don’t want job security – they want career fluidity. We call them free radicals. And they’re creating the future of work.
But when they look for a place to do all that, the options are weirdly outdated: office, home, or on the go – say, a café. Those are actually poor choices. Offices mean fixed cost and daily routine. Home is isolated and full of distractions. And cafés get old after the second latté.
Be transported by this panel of experts into the future of work, as they walk you through their vision of the ideal work experience for free radicals just like you.
The digital world is changing too fast to let the industry label its roles with yet another buzzword. Remember digital ninjas? Social media mavens? Twitterholics?
One moment, you are a self-proclaimed "guru" -- hey, it doesn’t make it less real -- and the next, you discover that you are not the only one.
Younger marketing & advertising professionals are entering the workforce in social media-specific roles and finding that they must expand outside of their niche or risk becoming obsolete. As social media becomes more commonplace within organizations, it is evolving into another platform that good digital strategists and planners can handle with ease. More importantly, it reveals a schizophrenic situation in the industry. We want our developers to code in different languages, but we pigeonhole our strategists – people who are, by definition, entrusted with “big picture” – into smaller and smaller areas of specialization.
And what about the people who started out as Social Media Coordinators and moved onto Community Managers and eventually Social Media Strategists? Where will they go from here? Or is there still room for specialization as strategists?
Join us as we duke it out in a battle over the future of digital engagement jobs from the POV of people who have had all sorts of social media job titles, abandoned those titles, never had those titles and still proudly wear them.
9th–13th March 2012