Attending recruiting and talent acquisition conferences is a great way to stay current on the trends and best practices of your chosen profession, reconnect with friends and former colleagues, network with the industry’s movers and shakers and even earn credit for your SHRM certifications.
Since there are so many conferences to choose from, we’re going to share nine of our favorite options along with three bonus ones that defy organization. We’re presenting these conferences in calendar order and including the dates and locations when we have them. Also, to give you a sense of what each event has to offer, we’re featuring tweets with each conference’s hashtag.
1. Social Recruiting Strategies Conference
Produced by: GMSI (Global Strategic Management Institute)
Dates: August 8–10, 2018
Location: Austin, TX
Registration information: https://socialrecruitingstrategies.com/
It’s always important to mind your manners, but if you haven’t even gotten far enough with your text recruiting to worry about etiquette, check out this post from the Yello blog: You Should Start Text Recruiting Today. Here’s Why.
Come see me in Austin at SRSC (August 8-10th), I'll be talking about "Text Recruiting Etiquette for Recruiters"https://t.co/qTvV8ggHA2 #SRSC— William Tincup (@williamtincup) June 19, 2018
Great speaker lineup... @bryanchaney @lk_saunders @siefkhafagi @Fishdogs @thewarfortalent @bengotkin @RAVanElburg @eselkay pic.twitter.com/rlGJ8pshRK
2. HR Technology Conference & Expo
Produced by: Human Resource Executive® Magazine
Dates: September 11–14, 2018
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Registration information: http://www.hrtechnologyconference.com/
Make a practice of following conference speakers, presenters and panel members on social media. You’ll always get good thought leadership, and you’ll sometimes get treats like conference promo codes.
4. ERE Recruiting Conference
5. Unleash World Conference and Expo
6. HR Transform
7. 2019 SHRM Talent Conference & Exposition
Produced by: SHRM
Dates: April 8–10, 2019
Location: Nashville, TN
Registration information: https://www.shrm.org/mlp/pages/2018talent.aspx
You can always count on SHRM to host a lively event.
8. 2018 NACE Conference & Expo
Produced by: National Association of Colleges and Employers
Dates: June 3–6, 2019
Location: Lake Buena Vista, FL
Registration information: http://www.naceweb.org/conferenceexpo/2019-landing-page.htm
The NACE conference is a must-attend event for people looking to improve their campus recruitment game. While the 2019 schedule isn’t available, you can get a list of 2018’s topics from in the 2018 brochure.
9. Unleash America (previously HR Tech World)
Produced by: HRN
Dates: May 14–15, 2019
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Registration information: https://www.unleashgroup.io/america
Learning new things at conferences can be exhilarating. Check your program ahead of time to see if the speakers or panelists you’ll be seeing have any new books available.
These are just six of the must-read books #UNLEASH18 speakers referenced or authored. There are so many more but this is a great start for your important summer reading list! @jasonaverbook @rachelbotsman @simonsinek @kimballscott @profhamel @LudwigKatherine @HessEdward pic.twitter.com/XAk9qzjv3i— Andi Cale (@AndiCale) May 18, 2018
3 Additional Conferences Worth a Look
Consider the following conferences bonuses because they defy organization. The first two offer multiple events throughout the year, and the third, the Connect HR Leadership Fall Summit, is an invitation-only affair.
#1 LEAP HR
Produced by: Hanson Wade
LEAP HR organizes its events by industry. If you are in the higher education, life sciences, construction, manufacturing, hospitality, financial services, healthcare, retail, or energy spaces, or if you specialize in acquiring tech talent, you consider attending at LEAP HR event.
Produced by: Disrupt HR
DisruptHR is a speaking series with dozens of events hosted in cities around the globe. You can watch past talks on the DisruptHR website and check to see if any upcoming events will be near you.
#3 Connect HR Leadership Fall Summit
Produced by: Quartz Events
Dates: Oct 21–23, 2018
Location: Chicago, IL
Registration information: https://quartzevents.com/events/human-resources/connect-hr-leadership-summit-fall/
The Connect HR Leadership Summits allow CHROs and senior-level HR executives to connect with peers. The gatherings are small (fewer than 200 attendees), exclusive (you must receive an invitation), and wholly comped (all meals, airfare, hotel, and conference pass expenses are free to attendees).