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Going to LinkedIn Talent Connect Is Awesome. Coming a Day Early for the CandEs Is Awesomer.


By Kevin Grossman on LinkedIn

Nashville: a very cool place I’ve always wanted to go, being foundational to all the music I love to listen to, especially rock music. And I must admit, country music now pulls on my heartstrings more than ever because of my roots growing up in Central California.

Beyond being a cradle of country music and Music City, Nashville’s economy has also been red hot this year, and it recently witnessed an influx of a million people with the solar eclipse that made its way across North America.

Soon there will be an eclipse of another kind, when thousands of talent acquisition professionals descend on the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville the first week of October for the LinkedIn Talent Connect Conference. To talk of all things recruiting, and listen and learn from many thought leaders and practitioners around the world, where instincts and insights meet.

If you plan on attending, that’s awesome. If you come a day early for the CandEs, that would be awesomer. And those are words. Trust me. Both CandEs and awesomer.

Talent Board and the Candidate Experience Awards (the CandEs) is holding its 2017 North American CandE Symposium and Awards Gala at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville on October 2.

It will be a day and night to remember, packed full of insightful speakers and discussions as well as and fun celebrations for those companies that give their applicants a stand out, positive candidate experience day in and day out.

Talent Board is the first nonprofit research organization focused on the elevation and promotion of a quality candidate experience. Our survey research helps employers identify what’s working and what’s not in recruitment – from pre-application to onboarding. The data helps employers recognize the potential impact on their businesses and brands based on what candidates are really experiencing going through their hiring process.

We also celebrate those companies raising the bar on candidate experience by giving out awards to those that have the highest candidate ratings every year.

That’s why it’s awesomer. Because after nearly 700 thousand candidate responses and hundreds of employers around the world, we know the potential impact of candidate experience on the business is great and can be both negative and positive.

On average, 41 percent of global candidates who believe they have had a “negative” overall 1-star job seeker experience (based on a 1-5 Likert Scale rating) say they will take their alliance, product purchases and relationship somewhere else. That means a potential loss of revenue for consumer-based businesses and referral networks for all companies.

On the other hand, 64 percent say they’ll definitely increase their employer relationships based on the very positive job seeker experiences they’ve had. These aren’t just the job finalists either, but the majority are individuals who research and apply for jobs and who aren’t hired.

For 2017 in North America, it’s even higher, with 46 percent of tens of thousands of candidates who have a 1-star overall rating saying they’ll take their “business” elsewhere, and 74 percent of candidates who have a 5-star overall rating saying they’ll increase their “business” relationship.

Again, if you’re going to LinkedIn Talent Connect on October 3 in Nashville, come early and join us at the 2017 North American CandE Symposium and Awards Gala on October 2 to hear a panel of transformative talent acquisition leaders from Capital One, Comcast, Enterprise, KPMG and NewYork-Presbyterian. The panel will be moderated by Gerry Crispin, Talent Board co-founder and principal & chief navigator at CareerXroads.

We’re also very excited to have Shannon Miller as the keynote speaker. A decorated Olympic Gymnast in American History with 7 Olympic Medals, Shannon is the only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame Twice.

Plus, recruiting industry luminary, Carmen Hudson, will be our emcee this year. Carmen is currently Principal Consultant, Recruiting Toolbox, and co-founder of the first ever conference focused on tech recruiting, Talent42. She draws from over 15 years of recruiting experience, with a strong focus on helping organizations attract, source and recruit top talent.

For the final Symposium session, we look forward to a powerhouse set of informative presentations brought to you by three more talent acquisition leaders from CandE award-winning companies: West Monroe Partners, Hyland and SSM Health.

We’ve also got some great pre-symposium workshops happening the morning of October 2 from some of our sponsors including:

  • Making the Job Description Come Alive hosted by Sparc
  • Mapping the Candidate Journey hosted by Phenom People
  • Defining and Measuring Quality of Hire hosted by Cielo
  • Candidate Experience Meets the Recruiting Funnel hosted by Jobvite
  • Lunch and Learn: Building a Great Candidate Experience hosted by TMP

Following everything listed above, we’ll take a break and then come back to our Networking Reception from 6-7 PM CST, followed by the Awards Gala dinner program from 7-9:30 PM CST, where we’ll celebrate the 2017 North American Candidate Experience Award Winners.

Check out the full agenda for the North American Talent Board CandE Symposium and Awards Gala happening October 2, 2017, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN.

This year’s North American CandE Award winners will be set to be announced publicly in early September prior to October 2. You can see past CandE Award winners here.

Registration is now open with early-bird savings of more than 25%. And if you connect with me on LinkedIn, or shoot me a quick note, I’ll give you a special code for an additional $50 off registration.

Because that’s even awesomer. I hope to see you there!

Kevin W. Grossman
President, Global Programs
Talent Board

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