With just about six weeks before we kick off the fall ERE Recruiting Conference & Expo, I thought I’d do a multi-part post on the upcoming conference. This is our bi-annual conference exclusively for in-house recruiting professionals, and specifically those of you who lead your organization’s function. If that is you, this is the event you need to be at!
We’re going to Chicago this year. Actually returning to Chicago, the site of our fall 2003 ERE Expo conference (comment if you attended that one!).
Back in those days there were like two main recruiting conferences. Then ERE kinda took over as the dominant event, but up sprouted a lot of little ones. Sometimes I think you could go to a different event every day and never go to work.
So how’s ERE different and why do you have to be there?
ERE is 100 percent for in-house recruiting & HR professionals, especially the leaders of that function. You can’t really say that about any of the other events out there. This doesn’t mean we don’t love and respect everyone in our profession, and we actually have other events focused on the needs of third-party recruiters, sourcers, and others where we invite everyone who works in the profession.
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Since one of the main reasons you attend conferences is networking, we are guaranteeing you that at least two out of every three people you meet in Chicago are going to be your in-house recruiting peers.
But for this one we actually take it a step further: recruiting leaders. Now that’s usually someone high up in a talent acquisition department. Sometimes it’s a VP or even C-level executive. But essentially it’s someone in a leadership type of role, interested in the hiring process. Recruiting leaders. It’s our audience, and it’s not just who attends, but also who speaks — recruiting leaders from healthcare companies, insurance companies, tech companies, consumer companies, financial companies, and much more.
I’ll talk more about speakers in a later post. But let me just kick this series off by saying this conference is for a niche audience, and the content will focus on that audience. It’s not for everyone, but if you’re an in-house recruiting and HR professional focused on strategic recruiting leadership, it’s for you.