Interview on Recruiting Tech and Trends


Will Thomson

Jobhuk recently was able to sit down with Austin based recruiter, Will Thomson. We knew it was time to exclusively sit down and dive into Will’s thoughts after a few brief discussions on recruiting. Below you will find the interview with Will about his thoughts on recruiting and how he originally got involved.

About the Author: Will Thomson lives in Austin, Texas, and works for Rosetta Stone as the Global Sales and Marketing Recruiter. He has been in recruitment and sales for 20 years.

He received his undergraduate from The University of Mississippi, and his Master’s Degree from St. Edward’s University in Austin. He has recruited some of the most sought-after talent around the globe, and is a regular blogger for the recruitment industry.

He is the founder of Bulls Eye Recruiting and you can find him on Twitter @WillRecruits.

1. Tell us a little bit about how you fell into the recruiting path. 

I wish I had a glamorous story to tell you about how I got into recruiting, but I sort of fell into it.  After I graduated from college a good friend set me up with an interview with a staffing agency called Aerotek.  I didn’t know anything about them other than everyone I talked to really enjoyed what they were doing. I loved the energy in the office.  It wasn’t until I went to training in Baltimore a month later where I fully understood the duties of a recruiter.  I was in the field for 3 years, left the field, and returned back to it 10 years later. I have had the opportunity to work for some of the worlds most recognized brands in Dell, eBay, and Rosetta Stone.  I have also helped build organizations such as Rainmaker Systems and Balfour.

2. What is your biggest challenge in recruiting?

I could give you a couple of them.  The first challenge is time.  It is so important to prioritize your day as a recruiter.  Sometimes it seems like there are never enough hours to get things done.  Sourcing candidates takes time.  It doesn’t happen over night.  Secondly, I would say managing expectations.  When things are busy, everyone has a need that needs to be filled “yesterday”.  It is how you handle those relationships and expectations that make you successful.

3. What aspects of recruiting is hard in finding great talent?

Recruiting is competitive on all levels.  A majority of the “good” talent is currently working.  You have to be a good salesperson to be successful and to make a candidate WANT to make a change.  That being said, I am feeling a shift in recruiting.  For the past several years recruiters have been using Linkedin as their primary tool to recruit individuals.  Candidates are catching on and employers are growing tired of paying outrageous fees.  With that being said there is a huge opportunity right now for a competitor to come in and challenge the whole recruiting industry.

4. How do you think technology is affecting the recruiting?

So it has changed recruiting quite a bit.  The one thing that remains constant is that there will always be a need for a human and computers won’t take over the role of a recruiter.  That being said, with technology we are able to identify talent more effectively and efficiently than ever before.  The emergence of big data will send our industry in a tailspin.  Social Media has also allowed recruiters to learn much more about a candidate than we have ever been able to see.

5. Which one would you prefer to work with, staffing agencies or independent recruiters?

I am a corporate recruiter and haven’t been with an agency in many years.  Truthfully, it is all about relationships to me.  If I am going to work with someone outside, I want to feel confident in his or her ability to deliver.  If an independent recruiter can deliver better quality candidates than an agency, then I would go with them.  You could reverse this statement and it would be the same.

6. What are your thoughts on independent recruiting?

I think there will always be a need for independent recruiters.  I also think you will see more and more of them in the future.  With the ability for a recruiter to work anywhere in the world, you don’t need much more than a phone and Internet connectivity.   I also see people doing recruiting on the side, much like real estate.  You can source at any time of day.  Like I said, time is the biggest problem so having an independent recruiter to help augment work is a huge asset to an organization.

7. Can you please tell us a few promising trends you see happening in recruitment industry this year?

The two biggest trends I see are Big Data and Mobility.  I know these are easy topics to discuss, but they are the biggest.  We all have phones, we all are having more access to data that we have never had and we are going to be able to predict the future based upon statistics.  Crazy stuff, but real!

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HR & Recruitment Industry Events and Conferences in 2014

As we steadily growing and getting closely embedded into the HR & Recruiting space, we figured, we would share few events we plan to attend in this year. We have consolidated a list HR and Recruitment events and conferences for 2014.

Strategic Recruitment Summit 2014 (Missed & Done)
Feburary 19 – 20, 2014 • Orlando, FL
Global VPs/VPs/Directors/Managers/Advisors for:
• Talent Management/Talent Acquisition
• HR
• Recruitment & Retention
• College Recruiting/University Relations
• Workforce StrategySourcing
• StaffingTalent Acquisition
• Technical Talent Acquisition/Management
• Scientific/Technical/Engineering Recruitment

SourceCon 2014 (Missed & Done)
Feburary 24 – 26, 2014 • Atlanta, GA
One of the largest sourcing conference

SXSW (Was extreme fun. Done)
March 7 – 16, 2014 • Austin, TX
Gigantic event for startups in any space.

Executive Forum (Missed & Done)
Mar 18 – 21, 2014 • San Diego, CA

HRPS Global Conference
Mar 30 – Apr 4th, 2014 • La Jolla, CA
New Realities for New Economy

Recruiting Trends Conference
April 2 – 4, 2014 • Alexandria, VA

Human Capital Summit & Exp0 2014 (HCI)
April 8 – 10, 2014 • Orlando, FL
This year’s Human Capital Summit includes several new features that make the 2014 conference better than year’s past. These include peer-to-peer roundtables, enhanced networking opportunities, and a new Human Capital Solution and Service Exposition. This year’s conference theme is, “The New Social Economy: How Communities, Collaboration and Social Technologies Drive Innovation and High Performance.”

ERE Recruiting Conference Spring 2014
April 22 – 24, 2014 • San Diego, CA

CEB Annual Conference
April 27 – 30, 2014 • Austin, TX
We certainly cannot miss any HR & Recruitment conference in our local city.

SHRM Talent Management Conference & Expo
April 28 – 30, 2014 • Nashville, TN
Designed specifically for recruiters and talent management professionals, the 2014 SHRM Talent Management Conference & Exposition gives you the tools, resources, innovations and solutions you need to move your human capital strategies to the next level. This fast-paced, energetic conference provides ideas that will help you grow your personal and professional success, while evolving your talent management strategies.

Midwest Staffing Conference
May 1, 2014 • Chicago, IL
Join us for the most dynamic one-day conference for search and staffing firms located in the Midwest! The Midwest Staffing Conference is the premier event to attend for owners, recruiters and sales consultants. This year’s event moves the venue into the heart of Chicago and has an exciting schedule of outstanding speakers that you don’t want to miss. We will be wrapping up the day with our traditional cocktail party and networking event. Registration will be limited, so sign up early!

HRA — NCA Annual Conference – Human Resource Association of the National Capital Area
May 2, 2014 • Washington, DC
The theme for this year’s HRA-NCA HR Conference is HR FORWARD.

ASTD International Global Conference & Exposition
May 4-7, 2014 • Washington, DC
Top 5 reasons to attend:
largest conference in the field providing the most choices for your development
300 top rated educational sessions
world-renowned speakers
networking with like-minded peers from around the world
world-class expo.

HRO Today 2014
May 5 – 7, 2014 • Philadelphia, PA
This year’s human resource outsourcing conference features seven different tracks, such as healthcare workforce, evidence-based HR, and managing partnerships. The agenda has not yet been deteremined, but this is a good conference for bringing multiple members of your team. For every three registrations, your company gets one free. You’ll also get two for every five registrations, or three for every seven registrations.

Employer Branding Conference
May 7, 2014 • New York City, NY
The employer branding space is quickly evolving. As people become increasingly important to organizational success, attracting and retaining talent is no longer just the recruitment team’s priority, but an executive-level priority.
The Employer Branding Conference is the only event of its kind. In addition to networking with peers, attendees will learn best-in-class strategies from industry thought leaders and will walk away with actionable insights to improve their effectiveness across each stage of building and executing a strong employer brand.

World of Work Conference – Total Rewards Association
May 19 – 21, 2014 • Dallas, TX
The Total Rewards Conference is evolving to meet the demands of our community. This year’s conference brings more interactive learning, networking opportunities with peers, and valuable content from our partner companies through technology and product demonstrations. Our group discussions will call out where the profession has been, where it is now, and more importantly, where trends show it’s going. It’s a synergistic environment of thought leaders, peers and industry-related product and service providers for the united mission to innovate today in order to impact tomorrow.

HR Shared & Outsourcing Summit
May 19 – 21, 2014 • Chicago, IL
• Whether you’re just beginning your HR shared services journey or you’re working in an established HR shared Services organization, the 15th HR Shared Services & Outsourcing Summit’s dual track design allows for a customizable learning experience based on your immediate business needs.
• New interactive formats, such as our Speaker Q&A, Show Us Your Employee Portal and Tweet Your Question, ensure that you get real-time answers to your most pressing concerns.
• Discover new strategies and tools for taking your HR Shared Services model to the next level with hot-button topic areas like Mobile Technology, Global Business Services delivery models, and Advanced Human Capital Analytics.
• Designed to provide you with an in-depth educational experience that is tailored to meet your needs, the 15th HR Shared Services & Outsourcing Summit will provide you with the rare opportunity to discuss and brainstorm on shared challenges with over 150 of your peers during our structured networking breaks and Knowledge Sharing Sessions.

Staffing Law Conference 2014
May 21 – 22, 2014 • Washington, DC
This is the only conference this year dedicated to the laws and regulations that apply to staffing companies, so if this is a concern for you then this is the conference that you must attend. This year’s session include the 2014 midterm elections, temp worker safety, employee verification issues, and the Obamacare employer mandate. Considering the changes that have happened on a legislative level, this is conference is a must-attend for 2014.

National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Conference & Expo
June 8 – 11, 2014 • San Antonio, TX
Majorly focused on campus recruitments and internships

Annual Staffing & Recruiting Conference (California Staffing Professionals)
June 11 – 14, 2014 • Las Vegas, NV
Join us for the most dynamic one-day conference for search and staffing firms located in the Midwest! The Midwest Staffing Conference is the premier event to attend for owners, recruiters and sales consultants. This year’s event moves the venue into the heart of Chicago and has an exciting schedule of outstanding speakers that you don’t want to miss. We will be wrapping up the day with our traditional cocktail party and networking event. Registration will be limited, so sign up early!

SHRM Annual Conference & Expo 2014
June 22 – 25, 2014 • Orlando, FL
The SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition provides you with the foundation you need to launch your journey towards transformation. In Orlando, you’ll get the comprehensive education and discover the practical guidance you need to move forward with confidence. You’ll hear new ideas, get solutions to your challenges, expand your network, and grow your influence. You’ll return to your office ready to explore new strategies, improved skills and enhanced perspectives.

Social Recruiting Strategies Conference
June 24 – 26, 2014 • London, England
A Good list of Global enterprises are here on the agenda to discuss innovative and mobile strategies around recruitment

Social Recruiting Strategies Conference
July 29 – 31, 2014 • Chicago, IL
Fortunately, there is a conference in chicago, anyone who cannot make it out f the country has an alternative plan to go for this.

Healthcare Staffing Summit
September 8 – 10, 2014 • Dallas, TX
Join us for the most dynamic one-day conference for search and staffing firms located in the Midwest! The Midwest Staffing Conference is the premier event to attend for owners, recruiters and sales consultants. This year’s event moves the venue into the heart of Chicago and has an exciting schedule of outstanding speakers that you don’t want to miss. We will be wrapping up the day with our traditional cocktail party and networking event. Registration will be limited, so sign up early!

NAPS 2014
September 15 – 16, 2014 • Houston, TX
Attendees will have an opportunity to learn from best practices and understand how to improve their business through case studies while expanding their professional network. Exhibitors and sponsors will have dedicated time to showcase products and services in front of hundreds of leaders and decision makers who want to learn more about how you can help them run their businesses more efficiently and effectively.

ERE Recruiting Conference & Expo Fall 2014
September 17 – 18, 2014 • Chicago, IL
This is the premier event of the year for in-house recruiting leaders — especially those from large companies — to learn and share what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next in recruiting

SourceCon 2014 Denver
October 1 – 2, 2014 • Denver, CO
The original and premier sourcing conference delivers the actionable and relevant sourcing strategies and methodologies to not only tackle your current sourcing challenges, but keep you three steps ahead of your competition. Whether you’re a sourcer or recruiter, work for a large corporation, a staffing firm, RPO, or as an independent, you’ll learn from deeply knowledgeable speakers, benefit from unparalleled networking opportunities, and leave SourceCon with the sourcing solutions that provide the biggest impact.

CWS Summit
October 8 – 9, 2014 • Las Vegas, NV
This annual conference focuses on best practices and real-world solutions for a crucial component of your organization’s workforce. Whether you are in human resources, procurement, IT or category management, the Contingent Workforce Strategies Summit is for you and your team to develop and maintain an enduring contingent workforce strategy.

October 5 – 8, 2014 • Fort Worth, TX
The largest regional human resources conference in the US, HR Southwest is one of the most sought-out HR conferences in the country. Industry leaders gather to lead and to participate in an array of sessions in order to educate and to get educated in the latest and most important topics in human resources. Registration is not yet open for the 2014 conference, although 2013 rates are still posted.

HR Tech Annual Conference
October 7 – 10, 2014 • Las Vegas, NV

Annual Recruiting Conference
October 21, 2014 • London
This is the one and only international conference on the list, so if you’re interested in how the recruiting industry is doing in the United Kingdom, then this is the event for you. Everything from social media to communicating with candidates will be covered in this one-day conference. The agenda isn’t yet set, and registration has yet to open.

Manufacturing Conference on Talent
October 4 – 5, 2014 • Fort Worth, TX
Drawing from the largest 1,500 manufacturing companies in the US, this conference will bring together 200+ HR decision-makers focused on addressing the formidable talent challenges facing manufacturing companies.

Fordyce Forum

Jobhuk Widgets are here to double your earning

Jobhuk Widgets

Jobhuk Widgets

Today, we bring Jobhuk Jobs widget to all our awesome customers. Jobhuk widgets can be embedded anywhere you would want. We have 2 widgets in place, 1) To show the Jobs you have created 2) To show the list of all Jobs on Jobhuk.

Under your “Account”  you will see a new tab “Widget” where you will find the embed code to copy. You can paste this html embed code any where you would like. Here is a preview of the widget.

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How are widgets useful for you?

We built these widgets upon several requests from our customers, who asked how they might be able to import all the jobs or show them on their own website or blogs.

For Employers: You can embed this widget on your existing careers pages or make this as your careers page with adjusting it to full page width.

For Referrers (Recruiters, Staffing Agencies, everyday people): You can now embed this widget on your website or blog quickly doing a copy and paste. When users apply for these jobs and get hired through your site or blog, you get paid the total referral amount which is around $1000 – $30,000. Every user driven from your blog is tracked under your account, so that you get paid with no efforts.

Introducing JobKarma – Share & Get Paid

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We just made it super simple to Get Paid via referrals with JobKarma. Here is how JobKarma works.

1. Pick a Job on

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2. Click “Share & Get Paid”

3. Choose the social network into which you want to publish the job (Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter)

4. People in your network click on the shared Post and apply for the Job.

5. Someone get hired & you get paid the total referral amount worth anywhere from $1500 to $30,000.

Apart from Referral Money, even if none in your network clicks and applied through your post, you still get JobKarma Reward Points based on the total no of friends in your Facebook, the connections you have in your linkedin or the followers you have in your twitter. For every 1200 Points you get can redeem you reward. The current reward is $5.

Jobhuk Launch @ SXSW 2013

We launched on March 8th  at the  Startup Spotlight SXSW 2013 at Hilton Downtown, Austin,TX.

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Here goes our launch Story: 

We are on a great journey of disrupting the human capital space with awesome things that we are doing with technology. We iterated through several cycles for past 6 years with multiple products in the staffing/recruiting space and finally got out the massively disruptive “Jobhuk”.

We spent years searching for the best recruits, experimenting with various methodologies to find best resource for my team. After much trial and error, I identified “Referrals” as consistently the best recruits and most likely to become successful hires. “We first asked friends, friends of friends, family members, and co-workers,” saying , “do you know anyone who would be a good fit for this position?” The unveiling of Jobhuk allows employers to ask the same question, but now in real time, to tens of millions of Facebook, LinkedIn, and other network users.

“Hire by Referral” – Employers can hire Rockstars by referrals, as referrals always work great and has very slim chances to fail.
“Refer and Get Paid” – Any user of Jobhuk can refer the best for available jobs from their network via Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter or Email. Referrals are paid Finders Fee on successful hires which up to 15% (avg. $6,000) of the Gross Salary set by Employers.

Please try it out & We will be waiting for your awesome feedback.