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Get your thinking hat on and check out the top speakers

Get your thinking hat on and check out the top speakers 150 150 Jason Chong

We all need a little bit of education and LAC 2018 will have bags of it – check out some of the speakers who’ll be filling your head with bright ideas at this year’s show.

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We all need a little bit of education

We all need a little bit of education and LAC 2018 will have bags of it – check out some of the speakers who’ll be filling your head with bright ideas at this year’s show.

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The event

The event, which takes place at the ExCel, London from 7th-10th February, is expected to attract in excess of 5,000 delegates, 3,500 of which are affiliates, making it the biggest in its history.

Andor Palau, the Head of SEO at Peak Ace AG and a renowned expert for large scale international SEO, takes part in two talks, “Welcome to a new world: Crawling, indexing & ranking in the age of mobile-first!” and the “SEO Rockstar Panel.”

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Hedgehog Security

Hedgehog Security founder and CEO Peter Bassill will also address delegates in London in a discussion titled: “Top 5 ways firms were hacked in 2017.”

Other high-profile names such Helen Southgate, managing director at Acceleration Partners, senior SEO Manager Manuel Martinez from The Stars Group and Matt Beswick, co-founder of Aira will be speaking during the four-day event.

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Clarion Gaming’s Event

Clarion Gaming’s Event Director, Shona ODonnell said: “We can’t wait to welcome these highly-esteemed speakers to London and we hope the delegates will enjoy hearing what they have to say.

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The lessons

“The lessons our delegates can learn from these industry experts will make a real difference and they can put it into practice as soon as they return from the conference.

“The event is getting bigger every year and the fact we’re able to entice this calibre of speaker shows proof of our rapid growth.”

The OFCCP War Game

The OFCCP War Game 150 150 Jason Chong

OK, so, before I start this rant let me go on record that, not being in government recruiting in a high-profile company I can allow myself some venom. That should be telling that with pure free speech out there and a President who feels the need to share everything without reprisal should be telling. Thank you for being a part of this my friend. Now, I digress.

Just a mere short years ago I wrote a two-part missive on what to expect from the new changes that were coming, and now here, and the pit falls with shaved bamboo at the bottom has brought us to. Recruiters and Sourcers were right to be afraid, very afraid of the oncoming onslaught of ridonculousness that has now ensued. Sadly, it was not the Government but the Human Resources or as I like to call them the “keepers of lawsuits” (they hate that term by the way) that became grabbing pitchforks and torches heading for the castle of the C suite with yet another complication and letting said C suite explain why they are somewhat relevant.

Recruiting has been forced by the OFCCP to start collecting data on hiring veterans and people with disabilities what started out as a noble effort has turned into nightmarish red tape. All the Department of Labor wanted was to track some numbers, but somehow a government organization has now stepped in and attempted to develop, deliver, and drive the strategy of how private companies should recruit and hire. Why? Because recruiting (and really HR) is so messed up that we can’t even count and sort our applicants? Recruiting should be OFFENDED and PISSED OFF that the government has said we suck so bad at our jobs that they need to teach US things. I won’t even touch on the fact that half of the veterans applying to places don’t self-identify because HR just can’t freaking help themselves from tripping over their self-righteousness to race over and “help” these guys apply by pulling them from the normal recruiting pool and dumping them off in a separate bucket because “well, we are NOW being held accountable for something we should have done in the first place.”

HR never does a single thing with recruiting daily that helps us, it just hinders us. Except when we find out someone is a veteran, then they are right there to mess it up with red tape instead of a red carpet.

One of the continuing challenges that employers/transitioning veterans face in the employment cycle – 99% of hiring processes and styles are based on matching functional skills between job & candidate. But when we look at veterans, we keep trying to match a diversity group to a functional skillset, which creates chaos in the processes and is near impossible to do.

Don’t believe me? Let’s look at the numbers, shall we? In order to hire and maintain the percentage that Federal contractors need to reach, which is 8% of the employees being a veteran status, it is a statistically impossible number to reach! Average software would not foster nor need a logistics officer or supply sergeant yet since now, being forced upon this dystopian thought process HR, fearing reprisal and unknown fines will go out of their way to prove that a Marine can indeed write code in C#.

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