By Kristen Jacobs, Employment Branding Sourcing Manager
Attending conferences can be many things … invigorating, exhausting, motivating, overwhelming. The typical jam-packed schedule of presentations, networking, meetings and socializing leaves little time for rest. But who needs rest?
Last week, I attended my first Talent Acquisition Conference (#SodexoTAC) in Austin, Texas. This is where Sodexo’s mostly-virtual recruitment and sourcing team comes together to learn, celebrate and connect as a team. Being only five months into my Sodexo career, this was also the first opportunity I’ve had to meet many of my co-workers and some of Sodexo’s senior leadership. What an amazing group of people!
In the past, I've been guilty of feverishly taking notes at a conference, only to set them aside upon returning to the office. More recently, I've learned the secret to maximizing the value of any conference is simply putting a few takeaways down on paper and creating action items to be sure I’m applying them.
Writing this blog is my motivation to dig out my notes from #SodexoTAC and get started on those takeaways.
- Personal Revolution Challenge (#SodexoTAC30)
Guest speaker Amanda Hite, Co-Founder, CEO, and Chief Change Officer of BTC Revolutions (@sexythinker), challenged our team to take a 30-day personal revolution challenge. My bucket list is complete and I’m documenting my journey along with my teammates on Twitter.
- Maniacal Focus
Like most people, I find myself juggling more tasks in a day than I can possibly accomplish. Amanda Hite, again, made an impact with her statement,“Have a maniacal focus on what will make the biggest impact.” My goal is to go into each day with that in mind as I look at my to-do list, prioritizing in order of BIGGEST impact.
- Spirit of Sodexo
On the final night of our conference, we recognized the many contributions made by our Talent Acquisition team members and our business partners throughout Sodexo at our Annual Spirit Awards Celebration. I was in awe of the nomination of 169 individuals who live the Sodexo culture and am excited to find a way to make my own contributions this year!
- The Three P’s
The original Sourcing Ninja, Johnny Campbell (@socialtalent), pressed us to improve our productivity through three steps: Preparation, Process and Pitch. His tips on improving response rate in email were simple and easy to implement. I have a feeling I won’t be the only one sending a few Sunday emails just to test his theory!