Steven Rothberg, Speaks at the Forthcoming Onrec Expo - 12th-13th September 2006

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Facebook, MySpace, and Other Social Networking Sites: Are They Dangerous, Opportunities, or Both?

Steven Rothberg President and founder, will be talking on the 12th September 2006 at 12.05 – 12.35 at the Onrec Expo in Chicago.

Facebook, MySpace, and Other Social Networking Sites: Are They Dangerous, Opportunities, or Both?

Social networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook, and Friendster are amongst the most popular sites on-line, especially amongst high school and college students. Unlike most sites where even regular visitors spend at most minutes a week and look at a handful of pages, visitors to social networking sites often invest hours a day at the sites, view hundreds of pages, and disclose a tremendous amount of information about themselves and their friends. In this nuts-and-bolts, humorous presentation, on-line recruiting expert Steven Rothberg of career site will demystify social networking sites and demonstrate the tremendous risks and opportunities they present to employers.

About Steven

Steven Rothberg, president of, was born in Winnipeg, Canada. After graduating from the University of Manitoba in Canada, he moved to Minneapolis for the weather and graduated from the School of Law at the University of Minnesota. In 1996, he launched, the highest traffic job board targeted to students, recent graduates and the employers who want to hire them. Steven continues to serve as president and is widely recognized as an expert in on-line advertising, particularly in the areas of affiliate programs, E-newsletters, and career sites.

Steven has been widely quoted by local, regional, national and international media, including the Associated Press,, Entrepreneur Magazine, Fortune Magazine, New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal. He is a frequent guest on radio and television shows, including Bloomberg Radio, CNN Headline News, CNN Radio, Entrepreneur Radio, National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation, and NBC Nightly News. When he isn't trying to find time to breath, Steven also regularly speaks at conferences related to on-line recruitment and the recruitment of college students and recent graduates.

  •     Learn about social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, Friendster, and others. What are they? How are they used by candidates?
  •     Discover how a small but rapidly growing percentage of employers are using social networking sites as part of their recruiting process.
  •     Understand why social networking sites are dangerous when used as part of a background checking process but present tremendous opportunities when used as part of the sourcing process.

To view the full list of the Online Recruitment Expo speakers CLICK HERE

David Hurst, Founder of, explains the background to the Online Recruitment Conference and Expo, being held on 12-13th September, 2006, Chicago, Illinois

"I have been monitoring suppliers to the recruitment industry for the last 15 years. I am based in the UK but have travelled every year, for the past 12 years, to learn from and enjoy conferences in the US.

I will never forget my first conference. The American Staffing Association had just got a new name and the conference was in Dallas. The conference started with the ASA President welcoming delegates, and then the doors opened at the back of the vast hall and two cowboys on horseback galloped to the front of the room, each carrying star spangled banners. We sang the national anthem and then they galloped out. I was awestruck.

It was after a conference in Las Vegas in 1999, when I returned to the UK determined to provide recruiters and HR with information about online recruitment. At that time, it was all about job boards. I couldn't keep up with them popping up in the UK, and I was interested, so I wondered how any recruiters, HR or candidates could keep track. Three months later, went live on 14th February 2000.

Fast forward to 2006, and we have had an office in Chicago for almost 2 years now, and have just opened an office in Australia. Having organised conferences in Europe, and Australia, we are hoping to bring something new and interesting to the market with our Show in Chicago on 12th and 13th September.

Our aim is to bring delegates interested in online recruitment from the US together with delegates from around the world, who share a common interest, provide stimulating content and debate, alongside an Expo that will provide a unique mix of indigenous suppliers, as well as a fresh view from international suppliers that can supply the US home market, or that can supply products and services in the local markets.

So I invite you to come along and join with other delegates interested in how online recruitment is developing, and is moving forward.

My definition now of online recruitment is the process from finding and communicating with a candidate, to bringing them into your organisation and monitoring them through and keeping in contact with them, when they leave your business.

I do hope you can join us in Chicago. I can’t promise horses, but I can promise enlightening discussion and stimulating debate in a friendly atmosphere."

David Hurst, CEO,


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