Our VP of sales and marketing, Karen Connor, attended TempNet last month, and has returned to tell the tale…
I had the pleasure of attending the TempNet 2011 Annual Convention and Trade Show February 23-26 in Huntington Beach, CA. Actually, it was three pleasures: first, who can say no to California; second, TempNet members are their own breed of staffing owners; and third, my husband tagged along.
The convention was held at the newly remodeled Hyatt Regency, and all I can say is well done, well done. While the temperatures were 10 degrees below normal, the staff at the Hyatt kept us feeling warmly appreciated.
TempNet members are a unique group; they work hard and they play hard and they always manage to fit it all in. It was fantastic to meet some COATS clients for the first time, and to see others once again. I always enjoy sitting down and discussing what works, what needs tweaking, and what they’d like to see in the future.
I was happy to hear they absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the texting and that this free enhancement given to all customers has gone a long way. Our clients have not only used it to notify possible candidates about a job but have also notified them with job changes, snow delays, and much more.
One area I feel that will be growing this year is our involvement with Social Media. Our partnership with Haley Marketing for the job boards being integrated within our COATS system has been a sleeping giant.
This year, with the push towards free job boards (Simply Hired, Linked In, Indeed, FaceBook, etc.), clients have shied away from the large fees of Monster and CareerBuilder. COATS’s integration of online job postings to Haley’s integrated job board within our clients’ websites, which pushes postings to boards like Simply Hired, Linked In, Indeed, etc., has become and will continue to be a much-needed feature.
My husband enjoyed the bike ride along the beaches and then touring the surrounding areas in our rental car. The beaches are clean and inviting, and Main Street has a ton of delicious restaurants and fun bars. We enjoyed having a few clients out for dinner at Harpoon Harry’s and sharing stories of work and family.
All in all, well done, Cali, and well done, TempNet—we’ll see you next year!
Did you attend TempNet? Did you meet Karen and talk software and margaritas with her? Would you like to do so next year? Let us know in the comments!