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2011 SXSW: Matching Great Talent With Cool Jobs

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It’s that time of year!  Mid March in Austin, TX means only one thing. Nearly 50,000 people are expected to attend South by Southwest described as ‘the place where tomorrow happens. ‘ To set the stage, Twitter was introduced to the SXSW crowd in 2007 and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg delivered the SXSW keynote in 2008.  Now in its 25th year, 2011 SXSW offers a unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies.

Taking place in Austin beginning March 11 and running through March 20, 2011 SXSW also presents a unique opportunity for some of the world’s best talent to connect with thousands of jobs in dozens of creative and technical fields.

Up until now, talent and opportunity didn’t have an easy time connecting at SXSW.  So this was a perfect opportunity for us to showcase Monster’s powerful job search technology for seekers, bringing the incredible talent of folks attending SXSW front and center with cools jobs from companies doing business at 2011 SXSW.  And when we approached SXSW about participating at the festival and the organizers asked us to power the hiring hub for this year’s event, how could we say no?!

The hiring hub is now live and being promoted throughout the interactive pages of the2011  SXSW web site.  And while several Monster customers were already attending SXSW as exhibitors, we thought it was important to open all jobs for clients doing business at 2011 SXSW. So to that end, we’re giving SXSW Clients the opportunity to post up to 10 U.S. jobs during the March event.

Attendees will see these jobs on computers at the physical 2011 SXSW Hiring Hub located within the Trade Show, the virtual 2011 SXSW Hiring Hub on SXSW.com, or when they do a search on Monster.com. Attendees can follow @Monstersxsw on Twitter or the hash tag #sxswmonster for a steady stream of all the jobs being broadcast from companies at 2011 SXSW.

To compliment the online hiring hub, Monster also has a larger than life presence on the 2011 SXSW Trade Show floor as one of more than 300 exhibitors.  The physical hiring hub will spotlight Monster’s 6Sense Semantic Search powering the job search experience for seekers. Attendees can also check out Monster’s new mobile apps and career tools and get some valuable one-on-one time with Monster career experts to hear about the cool jobs posted on Monster.

In addition to the hiring hub, Monster is hosting a Meet-up giving attendees the opportunity to network with people leaders from some of the hottest companies exhibiting at 2011 SXSW. Hear from folks at Turner Broadcasting, General Electric, Rackspace Hosting, Waste Management and others about job opportunities within their companies, what they look for in talent, and what it’s like to work in these cultures.  General Electric and Waste Management may seem a bit out of place at 2011 SXSW.  But quite the contrary.

General Electric’s mission is to get job seekers thinking of the brand beyond light bulbs. There are hundreds of information technology jobs open at GE now, and several will be spotlighted at SXSW.  And Waste Management wants the SXSW audience to know they are leading the way in green technologies and are looking to hire 200 IT folks as well.

Our Social Media and PR teams on the ground at SXSW will be bringing blog posts each day, featuring news from the world of work and business being discussed at 2011 SXSW, best practice learnings, and interviews with some of the leading influencers in our space. We’re also planning video interviews with some of our customers attending 2011 SXSW to get their take on the hottest trends coming out of this year’s festival, so stay tuned to MonsterThinking in the days to come.

For more information on Monster’s multiple SXSW activations, click here .

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