As 2018 progressed I found myself thinking a lot about being a professional recruiter, how the industry has changed since November 3, 1997 (when I started), how I’ve changed and what it may look like 5, 10 and 15 years from. Specifically, how do I stay relevant in Minneapolis and St Paul, Minnesota and the Midwest.
I don’t tend to get too worked about this stuff but do from time to time think about my place in the world.
Yesterday I had a long phone call with Kevin Wheeler. I have been following Kevin for 15+ years online and 10 years ago was fortunate to have him speak at a couple of Minnesota Recruiter events and a local version of “Future of Talent” with senior corporate recruiting and HR leaders. I tend to not be a big fan of the term “futurist”, mostly because I think most people who describe themselves as one are selling snake oil, but Kevin is the exception. He works hard, is well connected, means well, is a great person and always seems a few steps ahead of the rest of us.
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Kevin is coming to Minneapolis on March 29, 2019 to do an event => Talent Transition: The Emerging Era of Consolidation and Adaptation. An Interactive Exploration of Key Trends. Yes, I will be attending.
We spoke about a bunch of things:
- What in the trenches recruiters and HR pros are facing on a day to day basis
- What senior leaders are thinking and worrying about
- What the region is working on
- Why I am starting Minnesota Talent Leaders (in part to create and then maintain conversations like Kevin is going to host)
- Trends in talent acquisition in Silicon Valley, Minneapolis and St Paul and other cities
- How a future recession will shake up the profession
We spent a lot of time talking about the future of recruiting… what it looks like, the impact of AI and Machine Learning, etc.
After we finished… for a couple of hours after my brain was all over the place.
I got to thinking about this article I wrote on ERE in 2016 => Memo to Recruiters: Don’t Want To Be Replaced By A Robot? Stop Recruiting Like One