The recruiting conference scene has had a lot of changes take place over the past several years, primarily the attendance numbers dwindling. The impact on attendance has been driven from two main factors; first is the economy, and the second there are more events to choose from today than ever before. From niche conferences like mobile recruiting and social recruiting to a lot more regional events.
During the past 10 years, I have had the opportunity to both speak at and attend dozens of events myself. My first was Workforce 2000 by Linkage. I still remember the hot topic back then delivered by John Sullivan related recruiting top talent – and the reference to “Michael Jordan type talent” not using job boards.. One thing that hasn’t changed much at all is the content at the events, in over a decade.
So which conference makes the most sense to attend? The answer is obvious, if it depends solely on what specifically you are looking to take away from the event. What I can share is after talking with a lot of recruiters and leaders over the last 12 months, LinkedIn’s Talent Connect Conference received rave reviews in 2010.
If you are in corporate recruiting and are planning on attending one event between now and the end of the year, I’d highly recommend checking this one out. Here are the top 5 reasons to attend LinkedIn’s Talent Connect Conference in 2011 (Recruiting to the power of we):
- Over 1,000 attendees. Although I’m not from Texas, you know the saying. With the size and scale of an event like this, the opportunities to meet, network and share with both fellow practitioners is unbeatable. While I am a betting man (and the conference is in Vegas), I’ll venture a guess to say the attendees will far surpass 1,000 (we’ll see soon).
- There isn’t a vendor exhibit hall, so if you are looking to stock up on cheap swag this isn’t the event for you. The best piece of no vendor exhibit hall is vendors aren’t “buying” speaking slots at the event as part of their sponsorship. So, reason #2 is the content. It’s primarily a practitioner led event.
- Earvin “Magic” Johnson is a keynote speaker. While you probably wouldn’t attend an event just for a keynote, this is one that is well worth seeing.
- Viva Las Vegas.
- The Recruiting Awards.
Read the recent blog post by LinkedIn for additional conference details, or check out the Talent Connect conference site. I hope to see you in October!