Recruitment Programme

Recruitment at Talent Acquisition Conferences programme

The Recruitment Conference will showcase the best examples of creating competitive recruitment strategies to win the best talent for your business. You will get the tools to attract the right candidates by enhancing your employer brand, leveraging the power of social recruitment and creating the best candidate experience – coupled with insights into how to ensure unbiased selection and hire the right talent for you.

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Day 1
13 Feb 2019

Chair’s opening remarks

Join Ally Weeks (Chartered MCIPD, HR Consultant, HR Content and CIPD Training) who will introduce the key themes of the conference.
Ally Weeks
Ally Weeks, CIPD123
Ally Weeks, CIPD

Opening keynote: Innovative resourcing to tackle the emerging skills shortage

Barry Flack – Digital HR & Recruitment solutions, HR Tech Advisor. While most businesses are facing a lack of talent with the right skills, many are beginning to see the impact of automation on their employer proposition. A slow, gradual move away from the old employment deal is upon us. How can we adapt to these emerging trends and utilise the growing platform economy to ensure we keep ahead of competition? Session title: Innovative resourcing to tackle the emerging skills shortage The session will focus on: rethinking talent attraction within emerging business models to prepare your organisation for the future innovative...
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Barry Flack
Barry Flack, HR Tech Advisor123
Barry Flack, HR Tech Advisor

Strategic talent activation: Succeed in a world where ‘just-in-time’ hiring is not enough

Katrina Hutchinson-O’Neill – Talent Acquisition & Retention Expert, Yardstick Associates Reactive recruitment and ‘just-in-time’ recruitment increasingly has a limited impact in a candidate driven market, and importantly it fails to provide solutions to wider talent needs, proper consideration of cultural fit, and building effective talent pipelines. At a time when the right talent is increasingly difficult to find, moving from reactive recruitment to proactive strategic talent activation is essential for business success. Session title: Strategic talent activation – Succeed in a world where ‘just-in-time’ hiring is not enough This session will blend data driven insights with practical examples to consider:...
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Katrina Hutchinson-O’Neill, Yardstick Associates123
Katrina Hutchinson-O’Neill, Yardstick Associates
10:40-11:10

Coffee and networking

Practical how-to session: Optimising your use of social media to reach wider talent pools

Stuart Jones – Consultant at In Source Talent Ltd. Professionals know that social media is a great way to land their dream job. Social platforms are also invaluable to reach passive candidates. How do we stand out and make ourselves visible to potential candidates? Session title: Optimising your use of social media to reach wider talent pools This practical session will show you cutting-edge strategies to help you boost your social media presence, including: optimising your social media profiles for recruitment and branding purposes taking control of your employer brand and reputation on social media innovative ways to reach and...
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Stuart Jones
Stuart Jones, InSource Talent123
Stuart Jones, InSource Talent

Panel discussion: Assessment tools and interview methods to select the best candidates

Rachel Brooks – Head of Resourcing at Kerry Foods. Hessie Coleman – Head of People Operations at Starling Bank Ltd. Robbie Tilleard –  Senior Advisor, Productivity & Economic Growth at The Behavioural Insights Team. As different roles require different skills, one assessment method doesn’t fit all. This expert panel will discuss different assessment and selection strategies and how they align to different roles and organisational needs. Session title: Assessment tools and interview methods to select the best candidates This panel of experts will discuss: competency vs strength-based assessments and what works best where pros and cons of hiring for cultural...
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Robbie Tilleard, The Behavioural Insights Team123
Robbie Tilleard, The Behavioural Insights Team
Rachel Brooks
Rachel Brooks, Kerry Foods123
Rachel Brooks, Kerry Foods
Hessie Coleman
Hessie Coleman, Starling Bank123
Hessie Coleman, Starling Bank
12:40-13:35

Networking lunch

The power of employer branding – insights into candidate behaviour

Jenny Jackson, Senior Careers Content Editor, Haymarket Business Media Recruitment, and Content Lead for Wonderful Workplaces
Jenny Jackson, Wonderful Workplaces123
Jenny Jackson, Wonderful Workplaces

Case study: The importance of employer brand and candidate experience in ensuring great hires

Sam Jackson – Head of Resourcing at Royal Mencap Society. In a candidate-driven job market, it’s often the talent who picks the organisation. Employer brand and candidate experience therefore play a key role in ensuring the best talent joins our businesses. How can we maximise our brand and ensure a positive candidate experience to facilitate the best hires? Session title: The importance of employer brand and candidate experience in ensuring great hires This case study will focus on: proving the benefits of brand and positive candidate experience to get buy in devising a candidate-centric recruitment process to increase probability of...
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Sam Jackson, Royal Mencap Society

Panel discussion: Thinking outside the box to broaden and diversify your talent pools

Carly Pike – Head of Resourcing, Innovation and Strategy at Barclays. Carly Perry – Head of Recruitment at Metro Bank. Jon Stanners – Head of Global Talent Acquisition and Employer Brand at Alpha. Katrina Hutchinson-O’Neill – Talent Acquisition & Retention Expert at Yardstick Associates.  To broaden our talent pools and ensure we fill our vacancy in the most effective way, we need to change the way we think about recruitment. We need to start looking at internal talent and mobility, change the way we write job description, and influence the business in embracing flexible working to attract wider and more...
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Katrina Hutchinson-O’Neill, Yardstick Associates123
Katrina Hutchinson-O’Neill, Yardstick Associates
Carly Pike, Barclays123
Carly Pike, Barclays
Carly Perry, Metro Bank123
Carly Perry, Metro Bank
Jon Stanners, Alpha123
Jon Stanners, Alpha
14:50-15:20

Coffee and networking

Resilience in recruitment: How to thrive under increased pressure

Carly Perry – Head of Recruitment at Metro Bank. We all know how time-to-hire is critical business success and costly a bad hire can be. Recruitment professionals are subject to increased pressure to find the best candidates in the shortest amount of time possible. How can we increase our team’s and our own resilience to work well under the pressure? Session title: Resilience in recruitment – How to thrive under increased pressure This session presented by a senior recruiter will focus on: coping with adverse circumstances in recruitment to deliver under pressure managing internal and external stakeholders effectively and gaining...
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Carly Perry, Metro Bank123
Carly Perry, Metro Bank

Closing keynote: Embracing technology to improve your recruitment processes

Jon Stanners – Head of Global Talent Acquisition and Employer Brand at Alpha. Technology has radically changed how recruitment operates. From online job boards and social media to chatbots and artificial intelligence, there is now a wide array of technology that can help us maximise recruitment outcomes. Session title: Embracing technology to improve your recruitment processes This inspirational session will explore: navigating the recruitment technology landscape to find what aligns to your needs implementing AI and managing the integration between human and machine future technology and upcoming tools that will revolutionise recruitment
Jon Stanners, Alpha123
Jon Stanners, Alpha

Chair’s closing remarks

Hear Ally Weeks (Chartered MCIPD, HR Consultant, HR Content and CIPD Training) summarise the learnings of the conference.
Ally Weeks
Ally Weeks, CIPD123
Ally Weeks, CIPD