Tuesday workshop aims to share ideas for recruiting tech talent

August 26, 2013 

Hewlett-Packard, the Idaho Department of Commerce and Boise Valley Economic Partnership invite human resource managers and others involved in recruiting for technology companies to discuss best practices at a free workshop Tuesday morning.

The discussion is set from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Hewlett-Packard, 11311 W. Chinden Blvd. Attendees are asked to register by going to boiserecruiting.eventbrite.com. Participation is limited to 50 people. The event is intended to be a knowledge-sharing opportunity to help recruiters in and for Treasure Valley technology companies fill the state’s technology talent pool. Topics will include using LinkedIn, internship programs, how to market open positions and full-company team recruiting.

Members of the Idaho Technology Council this year launched a campaign to increase the number of qualified tech professionals available in Idaho. “This program and others that will follow will help Idaho tech companies grow their knowledge about how to attract key talent,” said ITC Chairman Rich Stuppy, vice president at Boise-based software services company Keynetics. At Tuesday’s session, Mike Thiel, senior technical recruiter for Taos, will go over the strategy of utilizing LinkedIn as a tool for recruiting. Johanna Osterman, Technical Account Executive with Adecco Engineering & Technical, will discuss the best practices of recruiting. Christina Tierney, Balihoo human resources director, will discuss the power of internship programs in addition to the importance of marketing positions effectively and how to use your team to recruit for you.

A collaborative roundtable discussion will follow the presentations. Some of the proposed roundtable topics include re-training workers for specific skill sets, marketing strategies companies can use to show up better in online searches, and using managers and employees to amplify the effectiveness of recruiting efforts.

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