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The recruiting industry is much like the natural world: it’s constantly evolving, shifting, taking on different forms. The consequence is that to remain relevant as a recruiter or HR leader, you have to stay on top of what’s happening right now, to familiarize yourself with the latest innovations, technologies, and hiring approaches. Fortunately, it’s rather easy to do so, thanks to the huge number of talent acquisition events and conventions that populate the annual calendar.
What’s not so easy is deciding on which events to attend – there are so many of them, after all, and each differs slightly in focus. To make it easier for you to choose, we’ve rounded up 10 of the top 2019 recruiting conferences that we consider well worth attending. Open your calendar and pencil in these popular options.
Social Recruiting Strategies Conference (SRSC)
January 30 – February 1, 2019, San Francisco
As its name suggests, this popular event gives recruiters, sourcers and talent acquisition professionals the chance to learn about best practices in the realm of social recruiting from a number of top industry experts. The conference will feature four distinct session tracks focused on a) optimizing the candidate experience, b) emerging technology and trends, c) employer branding, and d) tips, tricks and tools for recruiting success. Prior to the main event, the organizers will also be running a series of interactive, hands-on workshops that deep-dive into relevant topics. Attendees will benefit from multiple opportunities to network with other practitioners and will leave with invaluable insights that can be applied immediately to improve recruiting and hiring efforts.
Recruiting Trends & Talent Tech
February 20 – 22, 2019, Las Vegas
Conference organizers claim that this is the only HR event out there that brings together the art and science of talent acquisition. True or not, it’s worth registering for if you’re looking to build your network and collect practical takeaways you can use to improve your recruiting approach. A range of talks by renowned speakers will cover every aspect of the talent acquisition process, from talent strategy and attraction to identification and selection, and attendees can select the session track that’s best suited to their needs. There’ll also be an expo where visitors can explore the latest recruiting solutions, products, and services.
March 19 – 20, 2019, London | May 14 – 15, 2019, Las Vegas
Aimed at professionals looking to unleash the potential of their people, this annual series of events focuses on ways in which HR managers and business leaders can build and support a workforce that’s fully prepared for the future. Two shows dot the 2019 calendar – the Unleash Conference & Expo (March 19 – 20, London) and Unleash America (May 14 – 15, Las Vegas) – and each will cover a wide range of relevant topics, with an emphasis on cutting-edge technology and the impact of AI and digital transformation on the working world. In previous years, speakers included the likes of Simon Sinek, Sir Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, and Mo Gawdat, and, no doubt, 2019 will serve up inspiration from movers and shakers of a similar caliber.
March 19 – 21, 2019, Seattle | May 21 – 22, 2019, Amsterdam
Known as the must-attend conference for insights on all things sourcing, SourceCon furnishes attendees with real solutions to the challenges involved in finding and attracting top talent (purple squirrels included). At both the 2019 events – SourceCon Seattle in March and SourceCon Europe in May – a number of speakers will share stories and advice on everything from referral sourcing to automation, and sourcers will get to test out new techniques and technologies in Innovation Labs and an after-hours hackathon. There’ll also be lots of opportunities to network with like-minded professionals and meet some of the most talented practitioners in the industry.
March 26 – 28, 2019, Las Vegas
Las Vegas plays host to yet another of the US’s top 2019 recruiting conferences, HR Transform, which is specifically designed for executive-level people professionals, talent partners, and founders of HR-focused startups. Around 200 speakers will address attendees across more than 50 sessions centered on the future of work and how best to prepare for tomorrow using today’s top tools and strategies. All areas of HR will be covered, including onboarding, retention, company culture, and workplace benefits, and there’ll be time allocated to networking, executive roundtable discussions, and browsing the latest, greatest talent acquisition and management products.
SHRM Talent Conference & Exposition
April 8 – 10, 2019, Nashville
One of several annual events run by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), this popular conference and expo is not just a one-of-a-kind learning opportunity for recruiters and HR managers involved in strategy development; it’s also a great way to collect a few professional development credits (PDCs). There are over 80 sessions on the agenda (covering topics like pay transparency, the value of internship programs, and candidate assessments, to name just a few), and attendees can essentially build their own schedule based on their needs and interests. The exposition component is also golden for conference-goers who are eager to get their hands on the latest HR products and technology solutions while mingling with inspiring professionals.
ERE Recruiting Conference
April 22 – 24, 2019, San Diego | October 14 – 16, 2019, Washington D.C.
Brought to you by the same folks who organize SourceCon, the ERE Recruiting Conference takes place twice in 2019 – in April in San Diego and again in October in Washington D.C. The eminent event brings together the best minds in the people business and features talks by renowned speakers, small roundtable group discussions, and hands-on workshops geared at talent acquisition professionals at all levels – the idea is to bring along the whole recruitment team. If you’re eager to learn more about anything from how to handle workplace harassment to how to compile advanced job descriptions, this one is definitely for you.
May 8 – 10, 2019, Austin | November 14 – 15, 2019, Nashville
Keen to learn more about how leading brands like Amazon source and secure talent? RecruitCon is the place to do it. Widely considered one of the top 2019 recruiting conferences to attend, this popular event features a program that’s packed with value, with pre-conference workshops, peer roundtable debates, breakout sessions, and general presentations that dive into issues like inclusion and diversity, veteran recruiting, automation for improved efficiency, and the value of predictive analytics in hiring. If you can’t make it to Austin in May, there’ll be a second 2019 RecruitCon in Nashville in November. Plus, as the curriculum is recognized by SHRM, it’s a great way to earn PDCs to maintain your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.
Indeed Interactive Worldwide
May 13 – 15, 2019, Austin
The name says a lot: Indeed Interactive is, indeed, highly interactive, being set up in such a way so as to encourage the 2,000+ recruitment practitioners who attend from around the world to connect with and learn from one another. Aimed at senior talent professionals, the large annual conference, which is now going into its fifth year, inspires and educates with captivating talks by keynote speakers (examples of past presenters include Malcolm Gladwell and Brené Brown), thought-provoking panel discussions, and hands-on training workshops. The aim is for everyone to go home armed with new ideas, strategies, insights, and practical tools that they can apply to improve their company’s hiring process immediately. Aside from the 2019 Interactive Worldwide event in Austin, the organizers also typically host conferences in other regions too, so keep an eye on the website for more details about these gatherings.
HR Technology Conference & Exposition
October 1 – 4, 2019, Las Vegas
For more than 20 years, this SHRM-approved independent event has been helping HR executives and IT professionals to keep their finger on the pulse of the ever-evolving HR technology market. With new innovations being developed daily, the Vegas-based conference looks to be one of the top 2019 recruiting conferences, with an aim on educating attendees about their options so that they can leverage cutting-edge software and systems to transform the way they work. For obvious reasons, AI will be a key focus area, as will the topic of women in HR technology. And in the expansive expo hall, visitors can dart around like kids in a candy store, exploring emerging and established solutions and comparing countless invaluable products, some of which have never been seen before.
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