Which Recruitment Conference Should You Attend?

by Veronica Blatt

recruitment conferenceAttending a recruitment conference can be an excellent opportunity to hone your craft. There are dozens of events held every year – there is a good list on this site. It can be difficult to decide which one(s) to attend. Many 2020 events are already scheduled; for example, early registration is currently open for our Global Conference. Here are some tips to help you decide where to spend your time and money:

Start with the content

A recruitment conference is likely to have a specific purpose, mission, or theme. Learn what that is and whether it ties into specific goals you have for your desk or firm. If it’s an event about sourcing but your job is business development, it might not be the best fit for you. Some events focus more on personal networking and relationships. Others provide a classroom training experience.

Who else is attending?

Is there a specific trainer or speaker you’d like to hear? Does the event offer appointment scheduling? Does the recruitment conference include clients or job seekers you can help? Are you likely to meet a lot of new people, or reconnect with old friends? How about the event sponsors? All these groups of people offer valuable connections.

Where is it?

Conference destinations are always interesting. We spend a lot of time thinking about destinations that are intriguing, accessible, and affordable. We survey our members and keep a close eye on where other organizations are holding events. So from a business standpoint, we try to be very tuned-in to destinations that are likely to draw a healthy number of attendees. But, there are other reasons why people attend. Sometimes it’s to visit a client or do some business prospecting. Sometimes attendees piggyback on to another event that is being held nearby. Still others have an opportunity to visit friends or family or use the conference destination as a way to build a memorable vacation.

How much does it cost?

Many attendees look at the cost of a recruitment conference before they look at any other factor. It is also important to calculate value and/or return on investment (ROI). Viewing a recruitment conference as an investment instead of an expense can help you make a better decision about attending. Professional development is an investment in your career. Some investments show their ROI in a short amount of time; others take longer. If you are able to learn one or two tips that save enough money or time to recover the cost of your attendance, you’re in great shape. Investing in your skills makes you a better recruiter and makes your business a stronger competitor.

The recruitment conference landscape is rich; you’re sure to find something that meets your needs. Make 2020 the year you invest in yourself!

Calendar of Global Recruiting Conferences

by Veronica Blatt

20100822_230951_22694I wrote in a previous post that independent recruiters should invest in professional development as one of their resolutions for the new year. Below is a partial list of just SOME of the global recruiting conferences taking place this year. No matter where in the world you are located, there are ample opportunities for training, education, and peer networking. Make a commitment to attending one or more of these industry events!

The Global Recruiter UK Summit, February 11, London, United Kingdom – This year’s program promises to help recruiter attendees keep up with the changes in our fast-paced environment as well as preparing for the future.

SourceCon, February 19-20, 2014, Atlanta, Georgia – SourceCon bills itself as the conference for recruiters who specialize in sourcing, regardless of organization type. If you are focused on finding candidates, SourceCon might be the place for you.

NPA Global Conference, March 6-8, New Orleans, Louisiana – Our global conference is a private event for members and invited guests. Content includes breakouts for various recruitment specialties, multiple training sessions from leading trainers, and value-added content from sponsors and partners.

ERE Recruiting Conference & Expo, April 22-24, San Diego, California – Focused on in-house and corporate recruitment professionals, the ERE conference is known for its full slate of speakers. The majority of speakers are other in-house recruitment leaders.

Recruiting Trends Conference, April 2-4, Alexandria, Virginia – This recruiting conference brings together all the players in the hiring process from recruiters to HR to hiring managers, to share best practices and strategies.

NAPS Annual Conference, September 15-17, Houston, Texas – NAPS is the primary professional association for recruiting and staffing professionals in the United States. In addition to an agenda that includes more than 20 speakers, plus a variety of breakout sessions, attendees can also sit for the CPC exam.

The World Leaders in Recruitment Conference, September 24, London, United Kingdom – The largest recruitment and staffing conference for the UK/Europe, World Leaders is attended by key executives from the recruitment and staffing industry along with other analysts, investors, and venture capitalists.

The Global Recruiter Asia Pacific Recruitment Summit, October TBD, Singapore – The premier recruiting conference in the region, this event also includes The Global Recruiter’s Asia Pacific Industry Awards.

RCSA International Conference, Australia – RCSA is the leading professional body for recruitment and staffing professionals in Australia and New Zealand. They have a well-regard annual conference each year that includes a broad collection of speakers and trainers, plus outstanding social and networking functions.

#tru, various dates & locations worldwide – #TRU, or The Recruiting Unconference, is the brainchild of UK recruiting leader Bill Boorman. The unconference format consists of tracks that are moderated by people who are thought-leaders or passionate enthusiasts on a particular topic. Events are one day long, low-cost, and limited to 100 participants, and dedicated to free and open information sharing among all participants.

What recruiting conferences will you be attending this year?

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