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2012 Employers Connect

More than ever, employers must demonstrate exceptional recruiting performance results, often on a bare-bones budget and limited resources. If you are looking for cutting-edge recruitment ideas and solutions, join employers from the local area where we will meet face-to-face to share, learn and network with HR colleagues from a wide variety of organizations and industries who are leading the way, going above and beyond ordinary recruiting practices.

"The event was well worth traveling for. The content was rich, the speakers engaging, networking was very good, and the material shared was timely, informative, and very pertinent to current issues that are facing many small and large companies."

Dorothy Belcher, Lockheed Martin


2014 Employers Connect - Chicago, IL

DirectEmployers Association

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM (CDT)

2014 Employers Connect - Chicago, IL

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8:00 a.m.          

Registration, Breakfast & Networking

8:30 a.m.          

Welcome & Host Introduction by United 

8:45 a.m.          

Simple, Flexible Solutions for Showcasing your Employment Brand & Engaging Job Seekers                       

For many years, employers have been stuck between a rock and a hard place when it came to online recruiting. Between the expensive cost to list jobs and the lack of amplified branding opportunities, employers had a limited number of solutions available to reach job seekers. With the growing relevancy and use of search engines, employers have had to readjust their strategies and focus more on cost-effective solutions, like search engine optimization (SEO) and employment branding, to engage with potential candidates. With over 613 million employment-related searches conducted on search engines each month, this vital technique can help even the most recruitment savvy employer reach a niche audience. Some employers have delved into the field of SEO head first only to find a multitude of constantly changing elements–with the only constant component being their branding–leaving them unsure of how to begin optimizing their corporate career pages. To help employers reach job seekers, DirectEmployers has developed a flexible, cost-effective solution, the .JOBS top-level domain (TLD). The technology behind the .JOBS platform offers employers a powerful approach to search, social, and mobile initiatives giving employers a truly direct connection to relevant candidates. During this session, attendees will:

  • Unlock the basics of SEO and discover, step-by-step, just how simple it is to integrate SEO and employment branding into your current online recruiting strategy
  • Learn how to leverage the .JOBS solution to drive job seeker traffic to their corporate career sites–cutting out the middleman, streamlining their hiring cycle and amplifying their online presence
  • Gain a basic understanding of proof of concept and analytics data to justify their online recruitment strategy
  • Learn how the .JOBS top-level domain can help improve the job seeker experiences by providing the information they are searching for, accompanied by your brand and open jobs 
  • See examples of how employers like Starbucks and REI are utilizing the .JOBS solution to reach candidates, promote their employer brand and amplify their online presence


9:45 a.m.           

Taking Action: Implementing New VEVRAA & Section 503 Requirements into Your Strategy              

2013 marked a pivotal year in the federal contractor community as the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published the Final Rule regarding revisions to the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. As employers begin to delve into their current strategy and analyze the changes that need to be made, many are left wondering, “Where do we begin?” Join DirectEmployers VP of Compliance and Partnerships, Candee Chambers, as she discusses how these new OFCCP compliance regulations will impact your recruiting efforts, and how you can adjust your strategy to adopt and smoothly transition into the new requirements. Attendees will also leave with a tangible “Compliance Checklist” that will showcase a list of must-do action items.

Join DirectEmployers VP of Compliance and Partnerships, Candee Chambers, as she discusses:

  • The new OFCCP regulations and how they impact your compliance and recruiting efforts, as well as how you can proactively modify your outreach to not only veterans, but individuals with disabilities
  • Discover how fellow employers are reacting to the Final Rule, with tips on how you can adjust your strategy accordingly to support and adopt these changes
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the partnerships needed to help with your outreach and recruiting practices
  • A “Compliance Checklist” to be used as a tactical guide that gives you a list of must-do action items to help you adopt and transition your strategy into the new regulations


10:45 a.m.       


11:00 a.m.       

Social Media 101: Understanding Strategy & Impact 

Companies not using social media could be missing out on top talent, but with a constantly changing landscape, knowing what platforms to use and how to develop a solid strategy can be overwhelming. This presentation will help attendees understand the major social media platforms, the building blocks of a solid plan, provide sample success metrics and share some real world examples and best practices from many of DirectEmployers' member companies. The session will also raise awareness around mitigating legal risks and highlight helpful resources for creating or updating social media policies. 


12:00 p.m.        

Lunch & Networking

1:00 p.m.        

Event concludes

*Agenda subject to change

#rethinkDE. It's a simple idea. We want our Members to understand the true depth and innovation going on at our Association, while also having an easy way to join the conversation. As part of this effort, DirectEmployers will be using the #rethinkDE hashtag during all online and in-person events. Now, whether you're able to register or not, you won't miss out and can provide your insight.

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When & Where

Willis Tower
233 S Wacker Dr, 10th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM (CDT)

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DirectEmployers Association

DirectEmployers Association is a nonprofit HR consortium of leading global employers formed to improve labor market efficiency through the sharing of best practices, research and the development of technology.

Employers will find:

  1. a strategic recruiting community where ideas, resources and practices are shared
  2. processes, technologies and standards are shaped
  3. and technology is used in a manner which acknowledges, values and respects diversity and reflects the rich array of cultures represented in a broad global workforce

In accordance with its Corporate By-Laws, the business and affairs of the Association are managed by a Board of Directors consisting of member company representatives. Daily operations are managed by an Executive Director and operations staff at the direction of the President and Board of Directors.

Officers are elected and goals and objectives are determined by member employers at DirectEmployers Association’s annual meeting scheduled in the fourth quarter of each year.

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