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About #tru and @BillBoorman

I first discovered the Unconference concept when I led a track at #Recruitfest in Toronto. I was taken back by the way discussion flowed and the difference in energy between a traditional conference and an unconference. I led a track all day under a tree and learnt far more than I gave.

2 months later and back in the UK, we ran the first #trulondon at Canary Wharfe on November 18’th 2009. Since then we have run #tru events in London again (feb 2010), Madison (USA) despite the ashcloud, Amsterdam and Manchester. #truNora will be the 6’th in the series, with further dates planned for Amsterdam (25’th november), Glasgow, Stockholm and back to London on Feb 18’th, 19’th and 20’th 2011. The full 2011 season will be published shortly. We aim to host 10 events during the year.

All events will be low cost (£100) and strictly restricted to 100 participants. (Weve learnt that one.) Wev’e taken out the frills like lunch, and although we are well supported by our sponsors, will not have exhibition stands or halls as part of the event. Our unsponsors are as much a part of the event as everyone who invests in a ticket.

About @BillBoorman – Conference Disorganiser & Founder – #Tru (The Recruiting Unconference.)

I have always worked in and around recruiting as a Recruiter, Trainer, Operations Director, Consultant and Coach. I have spent more than 27 years in this industry which sadly qualifies me as a veteran. (substitute old!) During this time I have worked in most markets and have been responsible for the full H.R. and Training function for a recruitment business that grew from 6 to 147 branches. I have implemented I.T systems, designed performance management and appraisal systems among most other things.

Over the last 5 years I have been working as a consultant and trainer to growing recruiting firms across Europe. The last 18 months saw my introduction to social media and social recruiting. I started with 50 connections on Linked In (mostly friends) and grew from there. signing up for a twitter account in March 2009 changed everything, as I was given access to a fantastic network worldwide. In Feb 2009 I was honoured and surprised to be ranked in the HR Examiner/trakkr index as the 6′th most influential on-line recruiter in the world. Despite this accolade, I still consider myself to be very much a social media amateur (there are lots more in my network that are much wiser and cleverer.

You can read my  blogs  at The Recruiting Unblog (#Tru) and Social Job Search

I’m now best known as @BillBoorman on twitter, and have been described  a twitterholic that never sleeps, omnipresent and even a whirling dervish! (Thanks @fishdogs.)

In September 2009 I attended an event in Toronto (Recruitfest 09) that had a major impact on me. This was my first stint as a track leader at an unconference. I was so taken by this open format that I brought it back to the UK and with Geoff Webb, (Radical Recruit), launched #trulondon and other #tru events. We are in the process of taking these events on a global tour stretching from london to china over the next 2 years. I love the buzz these events create, and enjoy them as much on-line as off it.

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