#TruGlasgow At The Hard Rock Cafe
15 September 2017
Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking … I gave it a go yesterday at the fourth annual Tru Recruitment conference in Glasgow. Hosted in the Hard Rock Café, we all got down to the nitty gritty of recruitment whilst sitting amongst Elton John’s shiny platform boots and Rod Stewart’s lurid blue suit. It was my first ever ‘Tru’ experience, but I was happy to note that I was one of many newbies.
As luck would have it, I was up first and I led a discussion about the importance of recruitment consultancies creating great content and delivering it through social media channels to candidates and clients alike. I’m pleased to say that those who joined in the discussion were incredibly engaged, resulting in healthy discussion and debate as to how to ‘talk to people’ through content. Hopefully, I’ll have got a few people thinking about the importance of good copy.
The day itself was a real mixed bag of topics. Although most people in the room were actually recruiters, the content was so varied that you wouldn’t be hard pushed to find something interesting, especially when discussions had names like “Keep It Simple, Stupid” or “Trump, Brexit and aw that”.
What I love about the interactive format of the conference – as opposed to someone simply addressing a room full of people via PowerPoint – is that it truly is a learning experience. You get to listen to subject experts and then hear from those people who are at the coal face of it all. This makes for (often heated) debate and an exchange of ideas or theories. Moreover, there were so many different accents in the room – meaning that the conversations and discussions were able to enjoy an international perspective.
Throughout the day, I attended discussions on Millennial behaviours (that really did turn out to be a loaded term), ATS and IT, Sourcing and Chatbots, Jargon and Job Ads, and Diversity Recruitment. I would struggle to find another conference where the subject matter is so varied and actively encourages disagreements and debate.
As someone who is relatively new to the recruitment game – I had never set foot inside an agency before coming to work at HR Consultancy – it was a good opportunity for me to network with people from all walks of the industry and understand how different technologies, legislation and ideas were impacting their workload.
I can walk away from the day saying that I have learned, engaged and conquered my fear of public speaking. Plus … There was free Hard Rock burgers the size of your head for lunch and unlimited teas, coffees and refreshments. What’s not to love?
I was absolutely thrilled to have been asked to speak at this year’s #TruGlasgow … Here’s to next year.
Written By Mary Palmer