Photo Recap: Highlights from Talent Connect Sydney 2015

May 6, 2015

It’s a wrap at Talent Connect Sydney!

This week, over 700 talent acquisition leaders gathered in Sydney for our annual customer conference to learn best practices and hear inspiring stories of talent acquisition transformation. In case you missed it -- or want to relive the day -- here’s a quick recap of most inspiring and illuminating moments at Talent Connect Sydney 2015 (or you can pre-register for next year's event).

1. Genesis fired up the crowd with an incredible beat box light show to the theme of “Connect, Transform, Inspire."


2. Cliff Rosenberg, LinkedIn’s Managing Director for Australia, NZ & S.E Asia, announced that there are now 7 million LinkedIn members in Australia, up from 5 million last year. With a 90% penetration rate, this makes Australia one of the most LinkedIn-connected countries in the world.


3. LinkedIn’s CHRO Pat Wadors, and Head of Talent Acquisition Brendan Browne, rattled the crowd by proclaiming “your job is not your job.”  Talent acquisition is not about putting “butts in seats” but rather “running the business.”


4. Tim Grogan announced the release of the new Australia/NZ Talent Trends 2015 report.


5. Glenn Keys, co-founder of Aspen Medical, inspired us with the power of values in attracting, retaining and engaging staff. Corporate social responsibility at Aspen Medical has led to a 50% reduction in staff turnover and huge ROI for shareholders.


6. Airbnb’s Jill Riopelle impressed the crowd with a behind-the-scenes look at how they mapped out the candidate and recruiter journey, leading to a remarkably improved hiring experience. For 55% of Airbnb’s candidates, the recruitment process is the first touch point with the company.


7. Rosie Batty, 2015 Australian of the Year, inspired and moved us to tears as she shared her touching story about how to embrace transformation in our personal and professional lives, even under the toughest circumstances. Rosie's husband killed their 11-year-old son which prompted her to become a national spokesperson against domestic violence and start a foundation in the name of that cause.



8. After a fabulous lunch, attendees enjoyed networking with peers, getting a professional headshot (and makeup done) at the Rock My Profile station, researching their talent pools at the analytics station, and more.



9. Rebecca Houghton, Head of Recruitment at Australia Post, explained how executive leadership was the key to successfully managing their internal mobility program. This is an impressive feat considering 50% of Australia Post's workforce is over 50 years of age.


10. Talent leaders at THE ICONIC, Senex Energy Limited and Treasury Wine Estates proved the seemingly impossible in their session: You don’t need a million-dollar budget or an enormous recruiting team to succeed with your company’s hiring initiatives.


12. "You've got to be taking marketing for lunch, get synchronised with them, work with them, get them on the phone" was one of Adam Herasemiuk’s main points. As Verizon’s Head of APAC Talent Acquisition, he discussed how to automate your pipeline with your brand.


13. We learned that diversity is useless without inclusivity at a great panel discussion with Alex Coward, General Manager, Organisational Development, TAL Life;  Heila Brits, Manager, Workforce Strategy, Department for Child Protection and Family Suppo, and Erica Fitch, Customer Success Consultant, LinkedIn.


14. We learned how after Telecom rebranded with a new name — Spark — the company became a magnet for candidates, according to Wendy Hammonds, Head Of Human Resources - Home, Mobile & Business.


15. “Come explore career opportunities for a chance to work at Silicon beach” was one excellent example from Atlassian’s outside-the-box advertising campaign to attract international talent to Australia, said Caitriona Staunton, Head of APAC Recruiting, Atlassian.


16. Wade Burgess, Vice President of Talent Solutions, LinkedIn, closed the conference by presenting LinkedIn’s vision for the future, explaining how LinkedIn's making moves to help recruiting improve quality of hire by identifying cultural fit and employee referrals through, among other things, the acquisition of Careerify.


Thank you Sydney! If you want to attend the conference in 2016, you can register your interest now.

And if you can't get enough of Talent Connect, come to our Anaheim and London events.

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