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Indeed Interactive 2019: An Insider’s Guide

We’re just a few weeks away from kicking off Indeed Interactive 2019 in Austin, Texas. This year our theme involves solving “The Talent Equation” — in other words, determining which factors candidates weigh most heavily in their employment search.

Today’s job seekers have many options, and it can be difficult to know which variables drive their selection process, from compensation and benefits to company culture. So how can we master the art of talent attraction? Our data-driven approach will help you solve your talent equation and, in doing so, become top talent’s top choice.

In previous blog posts on this year’s Indeed Interactive, we highlighted some of the can’t-miss sessions and our esteemed keynote speaker. To help you maximize your experience, we asked members of the Indeed team to share the inside scoop on the sessions they’re excited about. You can find the full list of sessions here.

Aaron Schwartz

What’s your role?

As a Senior Manager on the Employer Insights team, I have the distinct honor and pleasure to lead a team of talented and diverse Recruitment Evangelists. Our team’s mission is to leverage Indeed’s data, insights and storytelling to change the hearts and minds of our customers. We do this on stages (including Interactive!) and in conference rooms all around the world!

What are you looking forward to seeing on the main stage?

I’m excited to hear from Carmen Bryant, Indeed’s Director of U.S. Marketing, in her session Your Brand, Your Promise. The current talent market is highly competitive, so I’m interested in the insights and strategies Carmen will offer to help employers remain true to their brand when seeking top candidates. She’ll also dive into the four main influences on employer brand: company culture, employee opinions, candidate experience and corporate reputation.

It’s sure to be an eye-opening session, where Carmen will share methods that help brands remain authentic. She’ll also give examples of companies that have mastered the art of authenticity; I’m curious to see which ones they are!

Can you recommend a breakout session?

Jacob Morgan’s session, The Experiential Organization: Designing Employee Experiences So People Want to Show Up for Work will give insight to recruiters and human resources (HR) professionals who seek to redesign work as a place where employees actually want to go.

Jacob is a business futurist and the author of “The Employee Experience Advantage,” and he’ll discuss the new world of experiential organizations, focusing on culture, technology and the physical workspace. Session attendees will walk away with inspired ideas from the world’s most forward-thinking experiential organizations. I imagine there will be a lot to learn.

How about a tip for first-time visitors to Austin?

Austin is known for its delicious BBQ, rowdy bars and unparalleled live music scene, so if you have never been, all of those are a must. However, my favorite thing to do in Austin is run on the trail around Lady Bird Lake. It has beautiful views of downtown and is a great way to burn off some of the Indeed Interactive calories!

Ryan Sawyer

What’s your role?

I’m a Senior Graphic Designer on Indeed’s Marketing Design team. This is the fifth Indeed Interactive that my team and I have helped design.

What are you looking forward to seeing on the main stage?

I’m especially looking forward to Paul Wolfe’s session! Paul is the SVP of Human Resources at Indeed. His session Turning Employees into Advocates & Candidates into Hires will be really valuable for employers who want to inspire employees to act as company evangelists.

In a world of social sharing, job seekers often view a company in a positive or negative light based on what they hear from their peers. With this in mind, Paul will share examples of Indeed’s strong employee advocacy program and encourage other employers to develop their own. This session will show you how to spark impactful interactions between current employees and future candidates since the right conversation can lead to new hires.

Can you recommend a breakout session?

I want to hear about how P. F. Chang’s created its Employee Value Proposition (EVP) and redesigned the company’s internal culture, which is what Rebecca Warren will cover in her session EVP Is Key: How P. F. Chang’s Reset Its Company Culture.

As the Director of Talent Acquisition for P. F. Chang’s, Rebecca will talk about the process the company went through, from pinpointing what team members thought about working there to understanding perceptions of the company in the broader marketplace.

I’m curious to learn how they defined and maximized their EVP and how the process led to a broader initiative to define P. F. Chang’s internal culture. This is a can’t-miss session if you’ve been looking to create an EVP or better connect an existing one to your company culture.

How about a tip for first-time visitors to Austin?

You might have heard that Franklin BBQ has the best brisket in the city, which very well might be true. However, it also involves getting in line no later than 7:30am and waiting for them to open at 11am. If you’re crunched for time, I recommend heading to a place called La Barbecue. They also open at 11am, but you’ll rarely need to wait any longer than 90 minutes in line. And if you get there at 9:30 or 10am, you can be one of the first people in line, even on a Saturday.

Nurrie Wilson

What’s your role?

I’m a Content Marketing Manager on the Recruiter Thought Leadership Team. Together we focus on creating quality, compelling and scalable content for our annual event for global talent professionals, Indeed Interactive.

What are you looking forward to seeing on the main stage?

I think Sheena Iyengar will deliver fascinating insights in her session Decisions, Decisions: The Art and Science Behind Becoming Top Talent’s Top Choice. From the initial decision to seek a new role to the final one to accept or decline an offer, the decision-making process is integral to the job search. Sheena will go beyond salary and benefits as she examines some of the less obvious factors that encourage a job seeker to invest time in a new career.

Sheena is a renowned Columbia Business School professor and the best-selling author of “The Art of Choosing.” You’ll leave her session with newfound knowledge about decision-making, as well as a better understanding of how to make candidates choose your organization.

Can you recommend a breakout session?

As a Recruitment Evangelist for Indeed, Danny Stacy will have a lot to say about the benefits of an inclusive, age-diverse workplace in his session Marketing Beyond Millennials: Creating an Inclusive Recruitment Message Across Multiple Generations. Danny will dive into the latest research and trends on the four different generations that work side by side today.

This will be a great session for both talent-acquisition and employer-brand professionals, who can walk away with generation-specific strategies for marketing their jobs and brands. I have no doubt Danny will provide beneficial tips for tailoring recruiter outreach to be generationally inclusive.

How about a tip for first-time visitors to Austin?

Capital Taco, a food truck currently parked on eclectic S. First St., has the tastiest breakfast tacos in Austin. Don’t miss out!

Joey Jackson

What’s your role?

I’m a Senior Employer Brand Specialist focused on global content strategy. My job is to help Indeedians tell the story of life inside Indeed by providing them with platforms and resources to amplify their voices to an audience of potential job seekers who may be considering Indeed as an employer. At Interactive, I will be the roving reporter tasked with getting the inside story from Indeed’s leadership, clients and external speakers.

What are you looking forward to seeing on the main stage?

Indeed’s Chief Economist, Jed Kolko, will shed light on the current and future state of the labor market in his session, What Happens When the Good Times End? Jed will also address the opposing headlines that either warn of an impending recession or celebrate continued prosperity.

It’s hard to know what the future will bring, but this session will help us think intelligently about the prospect of another economic downturn. Jed will examine what recessions of the past can teach us and provide talent professionals with the knowledge they need to prepare.

Can you recommend a breakout session?

I’m really looking forward to The Emotionally Intelligent Talent Professional: Optimizing Your Workplace Relationships. Indeed’s Learning Experience Facilitators, Michelle Cook and Vaishali Jadhav, will be conducting a hands-on workshop where attendees will learn through scenarios and exercises how personal values apply to different aspects of emotional intelligence.

This is important for anyone looking to develop emotional intelligence in their daily interactions with candidates, hiring managers and colleagues. The workshop aspect of this session will be a unique way to teach attendees firsthand about the causes and effects of emotional triggers, helping to improve empathy and communication in the workplace.

How about a tip for first-time visitors to Austin?

If you’re a fan of nature and warm weather, I highly encourage you to take a hike around Austin’s greenbelt, which has lots of hidden gems such as swimming spots and waterfalls to explore. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, I recommend some rock climbing on the greenbelt. If you’re new to the sport, there are some excellent local guide services that will ensure that you will have a safe yet exciting Texas climbing adventure.

Register now for Indeed Interactive 2019!

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About Mildred Blankson

I am a Human Resource Professional with a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management. I have several years of experience in Human Resources and i hope this blog will be a great resource in helping you find the perfect job or candidate that you seek.

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