[BALUG-Talk] Idea for a BALUG talk/presentation: (HR) Panel discussion on (recruiting/hiring/job seeking ...)
Michael.Paoli at cal.berkeley.edu
Wed Mar 4 05:22:29 PST 2009
Idea for a BALUG talk/presentation: Panel discussion on ...
So, ... how's this sound for a potential BALUG talk/presentation
(love it, hate it, would change it such-and-such way ...)
HR Panel discussion: getting the right job/candidate in an
up/down/sideways economy, and other interesting/juicy bits
Panel of N folks (probably between 5 and 7 total), plus a
moderator/facilitator, topics/areas to include, e.g.:
o up and down economies:
o finding great jobs in a down economy
o finding great candidates in hopping (e.g. dot com boom) times
o retaining good employees in hot fast-moving economies
o what needs to or should change when the Linux/IT job market is
up/down/sideways/strange and what does or should stay the same?
o in all that hiring/contracting process:
o things companies do right/wrong
o things HR departments do right/wrong
o things hiring managers do right/wrong
o things agencies/recruiters do right/wrong
o advantages/disadvantages of using recruiters/agencies
o finding the good (or good fits), and sorting out the bad (or bad fits):
o in recruitment/hiring process, most
excellent/horrible/strangest/funniest things you've ever seen done by:
o hiring manager
o ... and if folks want to suggest additional questions/topics to the
panel or particular members of the panel in advance, or time
permitting at the event, we could also take those, or a select set of
Panel composition: I'd propose something like this:
o aim for about 5 to 7 folks total (+ 1 moderator/facilitator)
o recruiters/agencies - absolute maximum of 2 from the same agency or
(ownership) related set of companies; only allow more than 1 if
they're quite distinct roles (e.g. client rep (non-recruiter) vs.
recruiter (not a client contact) or quite substantially different
roles/positions with little overlap in functionality). Also,
diversity in agencies is good (e.g. large vs. small, or relatively
distinct specializations, etc.)
o hiring managers, HR personnel - no more than 1 from any given company,
try to cover a reasonably diverse representative set (different nature
of companies, sizes, etc.)
o if/as relevant, one or two folks with substantial experience in the
business (e.g. as candidates, hiring or non-hiring managers,
responsible for screening candidates, etc.).
o general: everyone on the panel should have "substantial" industry (at
least IT, preferably
Linux / Open Source / Unix / DBA / network / programming ...)
experience - say, likely minimum 5 years, preferably 7 (or 10) or more.
o it's BALUG, so emphasis should be on the Bay Area and Linux (and
more-or-less reasonably related fields/areas) ... but not necessarily
to exclusion of information on and comparison to other markets.
So, ... how's that sound? Like/love the idea, dislike/hate it?
Thoughts/ideas/feedback on such proposal?
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