The recruitment unconference #truAmsterdam is back on 25 November 2010

The Recruiting Unconference, #tru, returns to Amsterdam for the second time this year, in conjunction with the unique 4th Recruitment Industry Dance Event (RIDE). Everything takes place on the 25’th November 2010. The participant pass, priced at only Euro 100, includes your place in the conversation at #truAmsterdam, coach travel to Hotel Arena and entrance to the RIDE event.

#truAmsterdam is a day of conversation based on unconference principles.

#truAmsterdam is the 7′th in a series of Unconferences organised by #tru (The Recruiting Unconference.)


What is an Unconference?

An unconference is a gathering of minds, experiences and opinions where the attendees (or active participants) lead the conversation. There are 4 simple rules:

1: No Presentations

2: No Powerpoint

3: No Name Badges

4: No Pitching

Apart from that, anything goes. We don’t have presentations because the best knowledge is in the room. By bringing together participants from all kinds of backgrounds with a shared interest. Job Boards, Recruiters (Corporate and Agency), Technologists, Mobile Specialists, Branding Companies and more, all with a shared interest in talent attraction from a different perspective. No talking heads to listen to and nod or nod off.

No Powerpoint because we want the eyes to meet in the middle and everyone to have the floor. Each track, (session), has track leaders with a background in the topic, but their job is to start the conversation, be available for reference and sum things up. The stars always come from the participants. (We select track-leaders from participants at previous events.)

No name badges because we believe that if you don’t know who someone is you should introduce yourself and start talking. No need stare at their chest to work out if they are worth it.

No pitching because we don’t have exhibitions or stands. Any give aways have to be creative and relevant and any product pitching gets shut down by the other participants. People will buy from you if they respect what you say, not what you pitch.

Each track lasts an hour, with 3 running an hour. You can move between tracks as you wish, it’s not considered rude and there is no need to stand on ceremony. Get what you want and move on, like an all you can eat buffet!

We would expect to add tracks throughout the day as participants come up with new ideas or want something more on a subject, just tell us what you want to do or take part in, (not ask), and we will schedule and announce it.

The #truAmsterdam tracks

  1. Employee Branded
  2. The Future Of Recruiting
  3. New recruiting Models
  4. Social-Media Circus
  5. Talent Attraction
  6. Career Site Standouts
  7. The Real Candidate Experience
  8. Linking In (by Jacco Valkenburg)
  9. Recruiter Technology
  10. Sourceology
  11. Community Building
  12. Being Engaged

Content is open to participants to set, from your needs and views.


About Jacco Valkenburg

Jacco Valkenburg is an international recruitment expert, trainer and author (5 books). He has more than 20 years experience in global recruitment strategies and execution spanning numerous countries for leading companies. As founder of Recruiter University and Recruit2 he provides companies with recruitment training and consultancy. His mission is helping companies ‘from good to great staffing’.

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