Blog: Buffy Wehner
posted Wednesday, October 13, 2010 11:42 AM
The pre-conference sessions on Sunday were jam packed with HRCI credits to get the conference rolling. We had engaging breakout sessions including the “The Cultural Fit Factor” and “Implementing Change in the Workplace” where attendees earned Strategic and Global recertification hours. And of course, they held the PHR/SPHR Study Crash Course for those HR professionals needing to learn as much as possible before sitting for the exam. Sunday evening was followed up with a celebration at the “Super Sunday” reception that encouraged attendees and exhibitors to network and enjoy yummy treats.
Kicking off the general conference on Monday was opening keynote The Passing Zone also known as Jon Wee and Owen Morse. Jon and Owen delivered a unique perspective on the importance of teamwork and interdependence while emphasizing the process of recovering from setbacks and working together as an effective team. The day continued with the grand opening of the Exhibit Hall, Silent Auction and many educational sessions. Monday evening attendees had a night out in Sundance Square enjoying the restaurants and fun the area offers.
Keynote Chad Hymas inspired us during his presentation on Tuesday morning to overcome our mental and physical barriers that we confront. Tuesday was a wrap up in the Exhibitor Hall with great vendors such as O.C. Tanner, Lee Hecht Harrison, Novotus, HLP Solutions and TheMIGroup just to name a few of the many exhibitors. The SHRM Shack was also located in the exhibit hall and a great place for HR Professionals to learn about the Texas State Council, SHRM and the 36 SHRM chapters across Texas . The day concluded with a fun and relaxing “Time to Be a Hero” reception for all attendees to enjoy where one of our favorite clients, Aaron McWilliams with The Fort Worth Club, won the hula hoop contest!
The conference concluded on Wednesday morning with closing ceremonies including an encouraging and uplifting keynote presentation from Nancy Brinker.
We also want to thank everyone for stopping by our Jobing booth – we loved seeing you! Congratulations to the following attendees who won items at our booth: Kelly Stringer from Everest Group won our iPad; Robyn Smith with Abilene Christian University won our Social Media Consulting package; Debbie Splinter with Texas Spine & Joint Hospital won our Job Type Sponsorship package and Laura Cadahia with Colonial Savings won our JobingVideo package.
If you missed the conference, or simply want to relive all the fun, check out what people had to say on Twitter with #hrswc10 or view our photos on Flickr. Be sure to follow @hrsouthwest and “Like” their Facebook page to stay connected and up-to-date on conference info throughout the year.
posted Tuesday, July 20, 2010 2:29 PM
posted Tuesday, July 13, 2010 4:16 PM
This year's event features Captain Steve Harden. During the event, Captain Harden will use interactive case studies, dynamic exercises and experiential learning to equip participants to use these same skills and become full partners with their organization's leadership team. He will use lessons learned from the remarkable improvement in safety achieved by the U.S. commercial aviation industry and the specific actions aviation leaders took to create the safest transportation system in the world.
Captain Harden is an author, speaker, safety consultant and airline captain. As a pioneer in the application of aviation's best practices to improve patient safety, he has developed a national reputation for his insight and experience helping health care institutions improve the quality of their care. He is the president and co-founder of LifeWings - a team physicians, nurses, pilots and safety system specialists that teach health care organizations how to eliminate medical mistakes and errors.
Register online at www.dfwhhra.org
posted Wednesday, February 3, 2010 11:14 AM
The National Job Shadow Coalition was formed in 1997 to encourage participation in a shadowing initiative across the United States. The goal was to help young people explore firsthand the skills and education needed to succeed in today’s and future job markets, and to encourage the development of relationships between students and caring adults. Given the current economy, students need these valuable experiences more than ever.
Job Shadow is coordinated by the Job Shadow Coalition, which consists of America’s Promise, Junior Achievement, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Labor. Other sponsors include AT&T; Cisco; the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Jobing.com and the Jobing Foundation support Job Shadow Day by encouraging local employers to get involved. Contact your local Job Corps office, youth workforce center, or school counselor to offer your site as a place of learning. For more information, visit www.jobshadow.org. Please share your company’s success stories with us here. Your best practices will help more companies understand the benefits of investing in the Dallas/Fort Worth future workforce.
posted Wednesday, January 27, 2010 10:41 AM
1. You can see jobs first. Sometimes we announce positions first to our Facebook fans before we post them on our website, giving you the opportunity to be ahead of your competition.
2. Unique career advice. You will receive job search tips on our Facebook page that you can't find anywhere else.
3. Relevant videos. You will have the opportunity to watch videos and learn what it's like to work at specific local companies, find out whose hiring, and hear career advice from local experts.
4. Get an "inside look" at Jobing. We will post pictures of the Jobing team in our office and out and about in the community. We will also keep you posted on when Jobing is highlighted in the media and around town.
5. Communicate with Jobing team members. Our DFW team is dedicated to engage with you on our Facebook page. We will provide you with insight on a weekly basis to the industries that we serve.
6. Give us your feedback. This is your chance to provide us with your feedback on Jobing.com and share with us any concerns or questions you may have.
7. Expand your network. Connect with other fans to expand your network. Share your job search related advice, lessons learned, and your success stories. Encourage others and provide support! Pay it forward and you will be amazed at what is returned.
8. Ask questions and learn. This is a forum to ask your job search related questions and learn from others. They will be answered by the local Jobing team or other Facebook fans.
9. Resume help. We have a tab called JResume that helps you create, design, and market your resume. You can start your new resume right from our facebook page.
10. New products & announcements. We will let you know about new job seeker products and services that will help your job search.
Buffy Wehner is the Community Relations Director for Jobing.com in Dallas . She twitters under @JobingDallas, and you can find her on Facebook under facebook.com/dallasjobs
posted Tuesday, December 29, 2009 12:47 PM
10 THINGS TO DO IN JANUARY
1. Become a mentor in your community (enter your zip code on this page for organizations in Dallas/Fort Worth that can use your mentoring skills!)
2. Learn more about mentoring.
4. Tell 5 friends about National Mentoring Month.
5. Think about the mentors in your life and post a tribute to them online.
6. Watch videos of celebrities such as Quincy Jones, Sting, Cal Ripken, Jr., talk about the mentors in their lives.
8. Go to YouTube on "Thank Your Mentor Day" (January 21st) and make the National Mentoring Month videos the most popular of the day!
9. Serve your community on MLK Day of Service by deciding to become a mentor.
10. Make a donation to a mentoring organization in your community.
If you want to learn more about the history of National Mentoring Month, visit their website at www.nationalmentoringmonth.org.
posted Thursday, November 19, 2009 4:46 PM
Great leadership can move men, women and mountains but the Top 10 Leadership Mistakes can cause irreparable damage to our followers and our mission. Excellent leadership begins long before we enter our career and continues well beyond our retirement through our mentors and who we decide to mentor.
This detailed and interactive session covers the following leadership mistakes with real life stories and examples such as:
• Too Much Talking and Not Enough Walking
• Assuming Your Best Employees Require Little Recognition
• Accepting Mediocre Performance
Our employees play a major role in delivering our successes or allowing us to fail. By avoiding and learning from these mistakes our employees will stand by us through the challenging times ahead and 100% support us in overcoming all obstacles along the way.
3.0 Hours of HRCI Credits (Pending Strategic Approval)
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2009
Time: Registration : 12:30 – 1:00 PM; Session: 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Where: Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas
6655 Deseo, Irving, TX 75039; (Off Riverside Dr, just north of Royal Lane)
Cost: Complimentary to invited guests
RSVP: To register, go to www.irvingexpress.com, or send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
posted Thursday, November 19, 2009 10:10 AM
- Be open to invitations. The holiday parties or social events put on by your friends, neighbors and your professional affiliations are often a great way to mingle with professionals who you wouldn't otherwise see on a regular basis. These are often the most attended events of the entire year.
- It's not about you. I say that a little tongue in cheek because yes, you want to eventually turn your network into your greatest resource for your next career. However, if you find an interest in another person, they will naturally find an interest in you. Always start conversations with people at networking events with questions about them. What's new in their lives and their careers? What do they see for 2010? Are there any challenges they'll be facing? The conversation will eventually turn back to you for your turn. I promise.
- Be ready to brag... a bit. Be ready with just a few stories that really demonstrate real accomplishments. When asked about what you've been up to, be sure to answer with more than just "Work has been really busy."
- Share your goals. If one of your goals is to obtain a new post as an Accounting Supervisor, then share it. You never know who might be able to help you accomplish your goal. Find out from each person you talk to who in their organization is responsible for that type of work. Ask whether you can follow up and receive an introduction.
- Be a source of professional cheer. Go ahead. Be the life of the party... within reason. Your behavior at social events will reflect on your professional life too. Be a resource to others, bring joy and good cheer. They will remember it later.
Happy Thanksgiving and Enjoy this Holiday Networking Season!
posted Wednesday, November 11, 2009 8:10 AM
We’ve all been stretched at work recently as companies must find ways to become more efficient. Sending out a quick email to everyone who interviewed for the position isn’t that tough. It could come from HR or the hiring manager. The job seekers don’t care. They just want to know. If the fear is starting a confrontation use a no reply email address. Better yet, tap in to the potential of your ATS and let the technology work for you.
This little bit of goodwill can go a long way for your company reputation, referrals and even the bottom line.
posted Wednesday, November 11, 2009 8:08 AM
In case anyone was wondering what the fuss is with social media, here it goes.
What is social media?
Social media is an integration of words, pictures, video and/or audio with an element of human interaction. (Essentially, the words, pics, videos are the "media"...the human interactivity of commenting on a Twitter status update, tagging someone in a Facebook photo, watching a video on Youtube and forwarding on to your friends...that's the "social" element of the umbrella term, 'social media'.)
A couple other fun stats to throw around about social media:
3 out of 4 Americans use social technology - Forrester Research, 2008 (Meaning, not just Gen Y. This means that my mom and my dad are my friends on Facebook.)
Visiting social sites is more of a popular online activity now than checking personal email, Nielson 2009
93% of social media users believe a company should have a presence in social media (meaning, users are open to being a fan of your company on Facebook. It's not intrusive if your company is on there...as 300,000 businesses have found out on Facebook (currently, 300,000 business have Facebook pages)
Of the 4,000+ tools that can be grouped into the growing 'social media' bucket, there are only about 4 or 5 that matter when it comes to recruitment.
1) Facebook. The reason it matters in recruitment?
There are over 300 million users on Facebook.
There's no other social media site or tool that's better to brand your company. On a fan page, you can share video about what it's like to work at your company, show them what it's like to work at your company with photos, and you can post status updates that go directly to a fan's home page. Plus, there are a couple recruitment applications that integrate your jobs into Facebook and allow fans to share these jobs with their friends (Jobing offers this application, plug intended.)
2) Twitter. The reason it matters in recruitment?
You have to look at Twitter as a chat room and as a listening tool. You listen to the people you're following, and you chat with the people who are talking about your company by monitoring with tools such as Tweetdeck or Twitter Search. All Twitter is good for is for your company to interact with potential candidates so it positively impacts your brand.
3) Linkedin. The reason it matters in recruitment?
Allows recruiters to mine a database of resumes (aka Linkedin profiles) to find potential candidates.
4) Youtube. The reason it matters in recruitment?
Video arguably is one of the best branding tools for a company. Youtube is one of the largest search engines on the internet. Put the two together and you've got a winning social media site.
5) Myspace. The reason it matters in recruitment?
Myspace is the forgotten son of social media. The other week I was in Texas and asked a woman who was the HR manager for a call center if she had looked into using Myspace to recruit. She responded by saying that Myspace was full of pedophiles and teenie boppers...which may be true, but it still doesn't change the fact that more people go to Myspace than Twitter and Linkedin. The numbers and traffic alone make Myspace a tool to keep in the tool belt.
Whew! Those are the tools that are slowly changing the world of recruiting...
Brett Farmiloe is the social media manager for Jobing.com. He'd love it if you became a fan of Jobing on Facebook, and a follower on Twitter. Ecstatic, actually. Also, feel free to contact and connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, or by good ol' email (brett(at)jobing.com) for any social media questions.
posted Wednesday, October 28, 2009 1:57 PM
The Hire a Vet Regional Job Fair will be held on Thursday, October 29 from 10am - 3pm at the Arlington Convention Center, 1200 Ballpark Way. Parking and admission are free. Only Veterans will be admitted.
Note to Vets: The uniform of the day will be business attire. Bring plenty of resumes with you.
Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County, Texas Workforce Solutions, Workforce Solutions for Greater Dallas and the Veterans Commission.
posted Wednesday, October 28, 2009 9:57 AM
Shelby joined TJX in 1994 as a Field Assistant Store Manager for TJ Maxx. In 2001 she moved to a position at their corporate headquarters as a Field Associate Relations Specialist, which started her career in HR. Since that time, not only has she supported the TJ Maxx and Marshalls divisions in the corporate environment, but also worked as a generalist in the Marshalls division which moved her back to the field. In 2007, she started her current position supporting 121 stores in 13 states. In her roles, she has had the opportunity to develop new training programs, educate all levels of the field in various labor law compliance issues, and ensure the company's culture is maintained.
Thank you to Shelby and to all of the attendees for visiting our booth at HR Southwest. What a wonderful conference and we look forward to seeing you next year! Receive all updates about the 2010 conference on Twitter @HRSouthwest.
posted Friday, October 16, 2009 1:58 PM
posted Friday, October 16, 2009 2:00 AM
The pre-conference sessions on Tuesday were jam packed with HRCI credits to get the conference rolling. We had engaging breakout sessions from the “The ‘Cutting Edge’ Employment Law Update” and “A Slice of Life” with over 6 credits in the morning sessions, to “How to be Ready for the IRS” and “Why Did We Hire That Guy” in the afternoon. And of course, they held the PHR/SPHR Study Crash Course along with two other full-day pre-conference sessions. Tuesday evening was followed up with a celebration at the “Rockin’ Around the Jukebox” reception that encouraged attendees and exhibitors to network and enjoy yummy treats.
Kicking off the general conference on Wednesday was opening keynote, Victoria Labalme, with her entertaining presentation of “Crazy, Busy, Nuts: Getting off the Conveyor Belt of Life” that provided practical advice to help us to manage the many responsibilities, and sometimes bit chaotic, aspects of our lives. The day continued with her book signing in the bookstore, the grand opening of the Exhibit Hall and many educational sessions throughout the day. Wednesday evening attendees enjoyed a night out in Sundance Square and the restaurants and fun the area has to offer.
Keynote Mike Rayburn sparked our Thursday with the engaging question of ‘What If and Why Not?” as he kicked off the second morning of the conference. Thursday was a wrap up in the Exhibitor Hall with great vendors such as O.C. Tanner, Zerorisk HR, HRSmart, TrainUp.com, Jobing.com, TheMIGroup and Outplacing.com just to name a few of the many vendors that exhibited at this year’s conference. The SHRM Shack was also located in the exhibit hall and a great place for HR Professionals to learn about the Texas State Council, SHRM and the 37 SHRM chapters across Texas. Check out the "rockin" time they had in the SHRM Shack and if you had your picture taken you can find it here. The day concluded with a fun and relaxing “Disco Fever” reception for all attendees to enjoy!
Closing out the HR Southwest Conference on Friday morning will be keynote “The Fonz”, a.k.a Henry Winkler as he provides insights from an expert on a life richly lived. If you did not get an opportunity to join us this year at the HR Southwest Conference, be sure to mark your calendar to attend next year’s 2010 conference, October 10th – 13th “ Super Heroes of HR” for another great conference!
posted Tuesday, October 13, 2009 11:30 PM
The concert will begin at 8:00 p.m. and concertgoers are encouraged to donate $10.00 at the door. All donations will be given directly to Snowball Express to help support the kids and families of our fallen heroes and to support Snowball Express IV being held in Dallas, Texas December 9-13, 2009. Sponsors of the live, benefit concert are 8.0 Restaurant & Bar – Ft. Worth, Texas, Harrington Strategies, Jobing.com, American Airlines, My Private Driver, and Intelligent Compensation, LLC.