Closing Keynote Presentation – Carmen Hudson
You Got This! Tools and Inspiration for the Modern Recruiter
Google the words “recruiters are”. Go ahead. Did the autofill results shock you? Probably not. We’re not in the most celebrated profession. Ever the optimist, Carmen is convinced that recruiters can turn this around. We have an important job, and for many, our work is the difference between a thriving, successful company and a company in the grips of a deathly downward spiral. Carmen will spend some time to convince you, cajole you, challenge you, celebrate you and catapult you toward recruiting excellence. She’ll show you some tools that will help you be more productive, and some best practices and strategies that might make you reconsider how you recruit.
Carmen Hudson wears several hats. She is currently Principal Consultant, Recruiting Toolbox, and co-founder of the first ever conference focused on tech recruiting, Talent42. Carmen draws from over 15 years of recruiting experience, with a strong focus on helping organizations attract, source and recruit top talent.
Strategic Sourcing Depth
Carmen’s expertise is in helping clients build the right sourcing and recruiting strategies, and implementing them in the real world of limited budgets, competing priorities, and highly competitive recruiting environments. She consults and trains companies to help them leverage high ROI solutions for big sourcing, social media, and technology implementation initiatives.
Carmen is a self-described “recruiting geek” who has spent years learning, creating, and sharing best practices around sourcing and talent acquisition. She gets that technology – for all of its hype – is still a means to an end, not an end in itself. Her corporate experience includes Yahoo!, where she was Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition. At Yahoo!, she led the Strategic Sourcing team, revitalizing the employee referral program and Yahoo’s employer brand. The team was awarded a coveted Yahoo! Superstar Award, an ERE Excellence award and various recruiting and advertising industry awards. Prior to joining Yahoo!, she was manager, Global Strategic Sourcing for Starbucks Coffee Corporation, where she developed sourcing strategies and recommended resources and tactics to support U.S. retail management hiring. She has also held senior talent acquisition roles at Microsoft, Amazon.com and Capital One.
A Recognized Voice in the Recruitment Community
Carmen is a regular contributor to recruiting industry publications, including ERE Exchange and Recruiting Trends. She is a frequent speaker at recruiting events, including ERE, SourceCon, the Social Recruiting Summit, LinkedIn Talent Connect and the Seattle Staffing Management Association. She is a Talent Board advisory board member, and has authored sections of the Candidate Experience Awards summary results. In 2012, Carmen and John Vlastelica launched Talent42, a groundbreaking conference that brought together leaders in engineering and technical recruiting. In 2009, she founded Tweetajob, the first social job distribution engine.
True to her passion, she blogs and tweets about the recruiting industry, social media, job search and recruiting technology. Follow her on Twitter.