[Yapc-na-organizers] Promoting the Job Fair

Richard Dice rdice at pobox.com
Wed Mar 21 07:20:16 PDT 2007

I really liked the set-up of the job fair at YAPC in Chicago.  I thought it
added a lot to the conference in a lot of ways.

I didn't have the same negative feelings that some other people appear to
have had regarding the urinal business card episode.  I thought it showed a
lot of creativity on the part of the recruiter (Todd Cranston-Cuebas, at
TicketMaster in LA.  He's also the leader of LA.pm and I expect that the
contact that Bill and I have made with him will lead to many great things).
I can understand how some people might have found it "tacky", but I think
that's the worst that could be said of it. And one person's tacky is another
person's whacky, and another's creative.  I respected that he was willing to
give it a try.

This is *not* an endorsement for more urinal business card placements, by
the way.  It's been done, and it obviously accomplished its goal which was
to get people talking and thinking.  But I like seeing people try new
things.  So I look forward to the next unexpected new thing.


On 3/21/07, Will Willis <will.willis at gmail.com> wrote:
> I really enjoyed the JF last year. The location was clearly separate
> from the presentation rooms and only happened during a specific window
> in time. I was not aware of any formal presentations going on by
> employers, just casual conversations initiated by attendees.
> It was reassuring for me to see all the companies looking for perl
> talent as well as an opportunity to see what specific skills are in
> demand. I used the lists of job description requirements as a list of
> things to familiarize myself with.
> As mentioned by Jeremy, the business cards in the restroom was overly
> tacky and probably placed by an overly zealous company recruiter OR a
> prankster who walked away from the employer's table with a hand-full
> of business cards. Either way, if that's the worst complaint from the
> whole experience, I'd say it left more of a positive impact than
> negative.
> -Will
> On 3/21/07, Jeremy Fluhmann <fluhmann at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >
> > On 3/21/07, Jim Brandt <cbrandt at buffalo.edu> wrote:
> > > I can talk to Ask.
> > >
> > > My only question is, what were the comments last year regarding
> > > employers being at the conference (good and bad)? I don't see any
> > > problem with it, but some might not like it for some reason.
> >
> > I'll look back through my notes.  Off the top of my head, the only thing
> I
> > remember is someone saying, "Keep the recruiters out of the
> restroom".  They
> > may have been referring to the stacks of business cards on the urinals.
> >
> > > I'd say as long as we don't muddy the waters between conference
> content
> > > and company tables or booths, we're OK. We want to avoid any cases
> where
> > > Company X has a table and is also giving a presentation about how cool
> > > their company is. They do this at other conferences and it really
> annoys
> > me.
> >
> > I hope that if we have enough interest, we could rent another room at
> the
> > venue for the job fair.  I'll need to check, though, to make sure that
> > there's room.
> >
> > >
> > > --
> > > Jim Brandt
> > > Conferences Chair
> > > The Perl Foundation
> > > email: cbrandt at perlfoundation.org
> > > IM: cbrandtbuffalo at mac.com
> > > perlmonks: cbrandtbuffalo
> > >
> >
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