What people are talking about at NACE12

I’ve been listening to members talk about some fantastic programs, best practices, tips and innovations. Here are a few highlights:

Kevin Gaw at Georgia State University noted the red flags to identifying fraudulent job postings. Beware of emails or URLs that are similar but, not quite like a well-known company’s, phone numbers and emails that don’t work and offers that are too good to be true.

Vanessa Strauss explained that the FDIC has cut their offer time down to about a week making the hiring process much easier for students.

Louise Carrese from the Rochester Institute of Technology and Bob Raybits from Northrop Grumman shared the importance of carefully selecting advisory board members based on their individual ability to contribute to that particular board’s mission.

Nancy Holland with DirectEmployers talked about optimizing job postings for SEO. Research the words candidates use to search for your company, the position or industry and use those key words in the posting to get more quality applicants.

Niki Perkins with Baker College discussed how she has set up a LinkedIn Group for alumni and leveraged the jobs tab within the group to imbed pertinent job feeds.

There are so many great conversations going on at NACE12. Catch up on more great insights – search Twitter for #NACE12.

Can We Interview You?

We’re looking for 30 second to 1-minute video bites on a topic you are an expert in or what you like about the conference. If you see us in the exhibit hall, video lounge or one of the networking sessions feel free to flag us down. We want to interview you!

Meet the #NACE12 Staff!

On Tuesday, the NACE (female) Staff Members are wearing bright blue polo shirts. If you need any assistance today, keep an eye out for anyone wearing these shirts and feel free to approach them. Below is the NACE staff photo taken this morning. If you see any of us out and about, make sure you say hello!

 NACE Staff at the 2012 Conference & Expo


Sneak Peak of #NACE12!

Tomorrow, June 12th, the NACE 2012 Conference & Expo officially begins here at the Paris Las Vegas! For those of you who haven’t arrived in town yet or haven’t made your way down to the conference area, we wanted to give you a little sneak peak of what is going on here to get ready for the conference kick off. Enjoy!

The entrance to the Expo Hall and preparation for the “Paint the Town Red!” Opening Celebration & Awards Presentation.

Out and About in Las Vegas!

On Sunday, most of the NACE Staff arrived in Las Vegas to prepare for the NACE 2012 Conference & Expo. Before the hard work began we were able to get out and explore the many forms of entertainment this city provides. Make sure you plan out your week so you can experience both the many learning oportunities at NACE but also the unique tourist attractions of Las Vegas. Remember, Thursday night you are on your own so get out there and have some fun with the new friends you make at #NACE12!

Shoutout to @CareerRookie, @DukeCareers, and @justcameo!

It goes without saying that NACE members are the absolute greatest people out there; their drive and enthusiasm never ceases to amaze me. While the #NACE12 chat on Twitter continues to heat up, a few people have taken their excitement for the NACE 2012 Conference & Expo to a whole new level and they deserve some recognition for it!

Last week NACE debuted the 2012 Pre-Conference Video in hopes of getting everyone psyched for the big event. The staff members from the Duke University Career Center then posted a video reply in the form of this gem right here, check it out:

I love it! I gotta give it up to these folks, they totally rocked this video! You can tell them how awesome you thought it was on Twitter, @DukeCareers and @justcameo. You can also tweet your own reasons for being excited for the conference by using hashtag #NACE12.

I also have to share this great blog post by Nathan Lippe, the Director of CareerRookie.com, called5 Top Reasons You Can’t Miss NACE (Aside From Location). Nathan, you are making the NACE Marketing Team’s job super easy and we appreciate it! You can find Nathan and his company on Twitter at @CareerRookie.

Are you talking about #NACE12 in your social spheres? We want to know about it! Always tag #NACE12 on Twitter and shoot me an email at amiller@naceweb.org.

#NACE12 is taking over!

Wow, It’s hard to believe we are only ONE WEEK away from the NACE 2012 Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. Where did the time go?! I am thrilled to be able to share some exciting numbers with you. As of today, there are 1,923 people registered to attend #NACE12 – that is the highest number we’ve seen at a NACE Conference since 2008 in New Orleans! Hope everyone is ready to get their networking on because there’s going to be TONS of opportunities to meet and mingle with all of these great NACE-ers. There are so many of us coming out to Las Vegas next week that we have now overflowed our overflow hotel. Yes, that’s right – both Paris and Bally’s are now fully booked. If you still need to make hotel reservations, please contact The Flamingo or Caesar’s through their easy online booking tool.

I’ll leave you today with just a few quick reminders:

- Don’t forget to pack a fun RED outfit for Tuesday night’s Opening Celebration and Awards Presentation,

- Make sure you download the NACE Conference App for iPhone or Android before you get to Vegas.

- Take a look at the Conference Program ahead of time so you can plan out your week. Viva Las Vegas Baby!

Guess what today is!

It’s conference shipment day here at NACE!

This afternoon we will send hundreds of boxes from headquarters here in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to the Paris Las Vegas for our 2012 Conference & Expo. Preparing for the event demands hard work and dedication from each and every NACE staff person, as well as several rolls of packing tape! It’s no easy task and as you can see from the picture, it gets a bit cramped in our offices leading up to this day.

Last year we documented conference shipment day so you could get an inside look as to what it takes to get an entire conference from point A to point B. Take a look and get excited for the 2012 Pre-Conference video which will be debuting soon!

Conference Swag!

Here at NACE headquarters, staff just finished stuffing the conference attendee bags and before they were sealed up and shipped to Las Vegas, I managed to sneak a peek at some of the cool stuff attendees will receive at registration. I am really impressed by the high quality bags and water bottles! Who else is excited to pick up their 2012 Conference Swag?