Creative Staffing Event Focuses on Innovation and Design Hiring

San Francisco, CA (PRESS RELEASE – September 8, 2009) – The agents of innovation are creative professionals, with their own culture, practices, needs and measures of success. They literally think differently. Successful businesses need to understand the creative mindset. Who are these people? Where do you find them? How do you motivate them? How do you keep them engaged? How do you get the most out of them?

Many of the smartest, most successful design-driven companies in the world are headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. Marketplace stars like LinkedIn and IDEO truly understand the value of hiring and nurturing teams of top-notch creative talent., the largest online community for creative professionals, is coming to San Francisco to host an event demystifying the secrets that these highly successful companies use to build, retain, and motivate their creative teams. Please join us for the Creative Employment Confab, on October 21st.

The two-part event begins with hands-on morning workshops, followed by an in-depth panel discussion with some of today’s most successful leaders in the creative industry:

– John Foster, Head of Talent and Organization at renowned design consultancy IDEO
– Kate Gilman, Recruiter at creative staffing agency 24 Seven, Inc.
– Steve Johnson, Director of User Experience Design & Web Development at LinkedIn

Moderator Carl Alviani, Coroflot’s Editorial Director, will guide the discussion into areas critical for today’s business leaders. How do you identify the best designers, creative professionals and consultancies? How do you separate flash from substance? How can both sides of the equation adapt to survive in an increasingly unstable employment landscape? And how can all this take your business to the next level?

This is the fourth and largest Confab event to date, on the heels of a sold-out run through creative economy capitals like Portland, OR, New York, and Austin (as part of the SXSW Interactive Festival).

In support of the unique size and activity of the Bay Area’s creative community, this installment offers two new morning workshops. One focuses on creative job-seekers, and the other on businesses new to the creative hiring process. The first, “Creating an Online Presence Worth Hiring,” will be led by moderator Alviani, and describe techniques for creating online content that augments a creative job search; the second, “The Subtle Art of the Creative Talent Search,” will be co-led by Terra Dehnert and Corey O’Brien of creative talent agency Aquent, with advice on creative recruiting, drawn heavily from their own interview and placement experiences.

“Even in a flagging economy, an increasing fraction of small- and mid-sized companies are realizing the need for creative talent,” explains Alviani. “Increased competition is spurring businesses in a variety of fields to look for ways to differentiate themselves and their products, and bringing on design staff is an obvious first step.”

Tickets for the event are $85 for both morning workshops and afternoon panel discussion and reception, and $60 for the afternoon panel discussion and reception alone. Registration and details can be found at

Event Schedule, Wednesday, October 21, 2009:
10:00 AM – Doors open
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Morning Workshops
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Break

2:00 PM – Doors open
2:30 – 4:00 PM – Panel Discussion
4:00 – 6:00 PM – Cocktail reception

Event Location:
Autodesk Design Gallery
One Market Street, Floor 2
San Francisco, CA 94105

About Coroflot:

Coroflot is the number one creative recruiting platform for Fortune 500 companies, creative consultancies and entrepreneurial businesses. Coroflot delivers to clients the broadest audience of creative professionals on the web, with amazing depth in Graphic, Web, Product, Interface and Fashion design. Companies can browse Coroflot’s creative database – the largest on the internet – or post open positions to the very active job board.

More information:
Carl Alviani
308 SW 1st Ave # 200
Portland, OR 97204

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Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder, CEO and Publisher of Small Business Trends and has been following trends in small businesses since 2003. She is the owner of BizSugar, a social media site for small businesses.

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