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Rolling Out New Ideas In Staffing

It was a great coming of age. Executive Forum turned 21 and wowed the staffing industry. Talk shows, awards, great sessions, 900 plus people preening in the Red Rock, Las Vegas were just some of the highlights of the party.  It was the place to be for the world of staffing.

Networking aside, what endures are the great ideas that emerge from the Forum and move the market.  We paid homage to that. The Peter Yessne Innovator Award (since its inception) has gone out to Harold Mills, Max Messmer and, this year, Jai Shekhawat.  Letting the client brand attract candidates and then lowering pricing, pioneering professional staffing, and VMS as a stand-alone tool have all benefited the industry. The companies that lead the charge have seen return on investment more than double.

“There is always room for innovation,” said Shekhawat, Fieldglass CEO and co-founder. And the Forum had many such companies unveiling their offerings.  StaffingBook, InsightSquared, TargetRecruit, were just some of firms in start-up mode.  I spoke with one of the attendees, Stephanie Ellis, president of IC Advisor a California-based company that provides risk assessment for the client and independent contractor vetting for the managed service provider.

“I see a real need out there,” says Ellis.  “People are peddling fear and we aim to teach clients how to buy independent contractor services.” It doesn’t matter what the niche is. Staffing is the great melting pot that gives birth to different concepts. Some are viable, others not. And we all — those in the staffing industry as well as companies that use their services — are beneficiaries of this innovation.


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marketing manager

jill 03/20/2012 07:10 pm

Great to hear of smart new technologies that will undoubtedly add value to the Staffing industry. Glad to see TargetRecruit in the headlines..their system is a force to be reckoned with.

Marketing Director

Heather Venesile 03/20/2012 05:43 pm

'Twas a terrific event for all involved! Our TargetRecruit team felt a great sense of camaraderie and a willingness to share ideas from leadership to best recruitment practices. Meeting topics were timely and pragmatic. We were thrilled to have been among our peers and add value to decision makers that were seriously evaluating recruitment technology.
We will not miss future SIA Executive Forums, that is for sure.

IT Administrator

Michael Levison 03/20/2012 05:19 pm

We are finalizing the implementation of TargetRecruit for our twelve offices. Our business model is different from most companies in that certain information is public and other information is proprietary to an individual office. Reena and her staff at TargetRecruit have been very helpful in creating a platform that is user friendly and yet has the security features we need.

We look forward to a long relationship with TargetRecruit.


Frank Forbes 03/20/2012 03:26 pm

We are working on a Salesforce implementation with the TargetRecruit "front end". Reena and her team at TargetRecruit have been great to work with. Reena is very creative in her thinking and has opened our eyes to a number of enhancements we can make to get the most out of our system investment. Looking forward to the Go Live!

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