Part one of our report from Indeed Interactive 2018 can be found here.
After Tuesday night’s party at ACL Live, Indeed Interactive resumed on Wednesday morning. Once again Senior Director of Field Marketing Kevin Walker was on hand to set the scene for a packed agenda of breakouts, keynotes and more. So without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the day’s highlights.
On the main stage
This year’s theme is “Search for Greatness.” But how do you do that in a tight labor market? Indeed Chief Economist Jed Kolko had some tips for employers. First, he pointed out that although the current 2.9% unemployment rate is at its lowest in 17 years, the tightness of the labor market varies according to a number of factors, including geography and demographics. However, he made another observation: it’s likely to remain tight (overall) for the foreseeable future, so employers should get used to these conditions and adapt their strategies accordingly.
Next up was Angela Duckworth, psychologist and author of The New York Times best seller Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. We were lucky enough to have a chance to talk with Angela after her presentation.
Throughout the day we continued recognizing some of the Top-Rated Companies, according to an analysis of Indeed’s 72 million ratings and reviews. Today we congratulated representatives of Massachusetts General Hospital (winner of our top-rated hospitals ranking), Salesforce (the #1 company both for Tech and on our Fortune 500 list), as well as the top-rated company in Canada, RBC.
One powerful takeaway came from Jennifer Johnston Di Loreto, Senior Director of Employer Branding at Salesforce:
“One of the things we really encourage at our company is what we like to call “culture add”, not culture fit. We’re looking for people that align with our core values. But we really are trying to say: What’s unique that you’re bringing to the party?… That’s been a really huge part of finding people that align with us, but which keeps us diverse and inclusive.”
The breakouts also continued, with interesting takes on everything from “the magic of rejection” to how the power of storytelling can be harnessed to attract top talent, to the latest insights from the intersection of talent and technology.
Writer and comedian Sarah Cooper was also on hand to share some tips in her session “100 Tricks to Appear Smart at an HR Conference.” Senior Manager of Employer Insights Aaron Schwartz examined why you’re only as great as your candidate experience.
Meanwhile, Indeed’s SVP of Product Raj Mukherjee took a look at the latest developments in recruitment technology from Indeed and how these can help employers stay ahead of emerging trends.
Raj’s focus was on the hot topic of AI—which makes some people nervous about the future of their jobs—but he had a positive take: “The world of recruitment will change with AI, but human beings will be at the center of it.”