Monday, August 18, 2008

Asian Talent Conference Announces Inaugural Talent Management Conference in Singapore

Conference speakers to share trends, insights and best practices to help organisations find, motivate and keep their best people

SINGAPORE, August 18, 2008 – Asian Talent Conference (ATC), an exciting new collaboration between the leading corporate recruitment and talent management experts from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, announces the launch of their first ever human resources conference organised in Asia, themed “Finding the future: fresh new ways to source, develop and retain talent” which will be held from August 20-22, at Grand Copthorne, Waterfront Hotel Singapore.

The 2008 Asian Talent Management Conference has been designed to give attendees the knowledge and skills needed to ensure that their talent strategy is well aligned with their organisation’s business goals and objectives. At the conference, attendees will also gain insights into the future of HR, emerging trends, technologies and practices that are making organisations more successful and more profitable.

“Talent is THE challenge of this century and it will become more and more difficult to find, attract, hire and retain the people that organisations need for success,” said Trevor Vas, chairman of Asian Talent Conference. “Thus the HR function is becoming increasing critical and this conference will provide attendees with opportunities to gain insights on how leading firms are overcoming the talent challenges faced. “

Keynote speakers at the conference will include Miranda Rivers, Extras Casting Director of Lord of the Rings & King Kong; Sanjay Singh, Vice President of Human Resources, Whirlpool; Christine Deputy, Vice President, Partner Resources for Starbucks Coffee Asia Pacific; and K.A. Chang, Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Singapore Exchange Ltd.

Prior to the conference, attendees can take an optional master class that addresses the topic of “Sourcing for Critical Candidates”. Presented by Shally Steckerl, the world’s foremost expert in online candidate sourcing, this is a one-day, practical workshop for all levels of Recruitment Consultants and Managers, designed and delivered by a team of experts renowned for their innovation and skill in the strategic application of online recruitment tools and breakthrough strategies.

Programme details and registration information are available at

[Note to editors: Members of the media are welcome to attend the sessions at no cost; please contact Julia Lai at 6303 8461 (desk) or 96382284 (mobile) to register]
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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Sourcing of Critical Candidates - Masterclass (Singapore)

Singapore - we are indeed fortunate that Shally Steckerl, the Chief CyberSleuth of Job Machine and the world's foremost expert in sourcing candidates will be here in our shore for the inaugural Asian Talent Conference between the 20th - 2nd August, 2008. During this conference, Shally for the first time ever in Singapore will be conducting a one day only Sourcing of Critical Candidates - Masterclass . Shally will be supported by the likes of Kevin Wheeler - celebrity author and keynote public speaker on talent management and Trevor Vas and Martin Warren from down under.

They will be here to answer questions such as:

  • How can I source quality candidates?
  • What are the most advanced and effective sourcing methods?
  • How can I optimise my sourcing time?
  • How do I identify and connect to quality candidates?

To join the Australasian Talent Conference in Singapore please visit -

Wages for IT talent go up, up, up!

Singapore - With the banking and finance sector fuelling demand for talent, IT professionals can command a higher pay if they choose to job hop now.
Richard Talbot, GM of the IT recruitment firm, Sapphire Technologies, says with a low 2% unemployment rate and a shortage of skilled workers, there is a pressure on companies to increase the wages of IT workers.
Similarly, Watson Wyatt's quarterly HR Trends survey showed that IT sector had a 5.4% salary adjustment in 2008, cpmpared to 4.8% for general industries. This ranks the IT industry as one of the top 4 industries, payewise.