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Top 7 Recruitment Conferences You MUST VISIT in 2014

Conferences. Love them or loathe them, they are an essential part of what we do and how we build relationships with our fellow recruiters and our candidates. So if you are planning on attending a recruiting conference this year, make it a good one! We’ve put together a list of 7 of the best worldwide recruitment events you should be saving the date for and why:

iRecruit World Conference & Expo

5-6 June, Amsterdam

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Is your hiring strategy working? Is the technology your company or agency is using to hire and manage candidates, working? iRecruit will tell you. The iRecruit World Conference & Expoexamines innovation, what’s working, what’s not” and puts “technology under the microscope to see if it does what the sales guy says it does!” to help you make an informed decision when it comes to the technology and the strategy your team and your company employ. Findings from iRecruit’s extensive industry and product research are presented in a number of keynote presentations and talks led by the likes of Google Global Head of Technical Staffing, Mary Hamershock, Deloitte’s Global Talent Acquisition Leader, Tarek Dawas, and McKinsey & Company’s Group Director of Recruiting, Dr. Thomas Fritz.


2-day tickets are priced at ‚¬1190 and a 1 day ticket is priced at ‚¬595. Buy your tickets here.


17-18 June, Seattle

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Talent42 differs from other recruitment conferences as it caters solely for tech recruiters. The team at Recruiting Toolbox (who are all former tech recruiting leaders from companies like Amazon and Yahoo), first came up with the idea in 2012 and decided to base their conference around one simple question with one simple answer:

What’s the difference between a traditional recruiting conference, and a tech recruiting conference? Engineers of course!”

John Vlastelica, Recruiter Toolbox’s managing director and Talent42’s producer, believes it takes a very skilled and knowledgable recruiter to find great tech talent. Candidates are notoriously hard to find and will often go to lengths to prevent themselves from being found on the likes of LinkedIn. That is why Talent42 focuses on providing tech recruiters with the latest insights into their hard to reach candidates in the form of new websites to find candidates and cool tools to help with the tech hiring challenge. The conference also offers ample networking opportunities, best practice sessions for attendees and product demos.

The show has sold out for two years in a row now and is attended by both tech recruiters and tech leaders, so anyone considering purchasing tickets to the event is advised to do so, as soon as possible. They promise “Talent42 #willnotsuck“!


Individual tickets are priced a $1,195 and team registration is priced at $995. Buy your tickets here.

ERE Recruiting Conference & Expo 2014 Fall

17-18 September, Chicago

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The ERE Fall Conference and Expo is the premier event for in-house recruiting leaders (especially the large ones), “to learn and share what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next in in corporate recruitment“. The conference is now in it’s 14th year and prides itself on providing strategic, forward looking and fast moving content for in-house recruiting leaders who run a department, manage a team, control a budget or have responsibility of great talent acquisition within an organisation.

Over 500 in-house recruiters attended the recent spring event, which included focused case studies, strategy suggestions, management techniques and many interesting talks from a number of in-house recruiting leaders including the likes of Amazon, Facebook and Novartis.

To see what you can expect from the ERE Recruiting Conference & Expo, check out the video below:


Keep an eye on the ERE website for details of when tickets go on sale.

HR Technology Conference & Exposition

7-10 October, Las Vegas

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Covering vital HR topics such as Assessment, Compensation & Payroll, Employee Communications, Learning, Performance Management, Recruitment, Screening and Talent Management for 16 years now, has meant the HR Technology Conference & Exposition, has become the world’s biggest HR technology conference, and a vital source of knowledge and information on HR issues for HR professionals.

Last year, over 3,200 attendees and more than 300 exhibiting companies including Monster Worldwide, Broadbean Technology, CareerBuilder, Dice and Glassdoor came together to discuss all the latest HR and recruitment trends such as SaaS, social, video and big data as well as more traditional technologies and processes. “All sessions are created and delivered by senior executives from many leading organisations” and many vendors often choose to announce their latest products for the first time at HR Tech, making it an exciting event to be apart of.


Tickets for the entire 3-day conference are priced at $1,495, daily tickets for Wednesday and Thursday are priced at $895 and a daily ticket for Friday is priced at $650. Buy your tickets here.

HR Tech Europe European Conference & Expo

23-24 October, Amsterdam

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Since it’s inception into the recruiting conference calendar in 2011, HR Tech Europe has quickly become Europe’s leading networking and recruitment conference event. This year’s event will centre around how “software, technology systems and collaborative tools are bringing about surmountable change in the way people and organisations work“.

How will companies become networks and communities themselves, and evolve from static structures?” and “How will we manage and decipher BIG DATA?” are the big questions being asked at this year’s event, and excitement would appear to be building in the 42 countries that are usually represented at HR Tech Europe every year. Other topics up for discussion in October include: Saas, ERP, Cloud, Social Networks, Mobile, Analytics, Retention, Talent Management, Gamification, Workforce Planning, Engagement and Tracking.

HR Tech Europe 2013 saw the likes of Dan Pink (a favourite of ours), Costas Markides and Oracle’s President Mark Hurd take to the stage to give focused discussions and offer practical advice. More global thought leaders are set to give their insights this year.

If you are interested in how technology is driving transformation in the HR landscape and how you can embrace technology and improve your organisations performance, then HR Tech Europe is the conference for you.


2-day tickets are priced at ‚¬1190 and a 1 day ticket is priced at ‚¬595. Buy your tickets here.

#tru Unconferences (Worldwide)

21 May, Paris

11 July, Singapore

TBC September, London
4 September, Berlin
9 October, New York City
16th October, Toronto
20th October, Vancover

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1. No Presentations
2. No PowerPoint
3. No Pitching
4. No Name Tags
5. No Dress Code

#tru Events are different to any other recruitment conferences out there. #tru is a recruiting unconference which means that in contrast to other conference and expo events, #tru is a “gathering of minds, experiences and opinions” as opposed to structured presentations and set talks. #tru sessions are run based on the “BarCamp principle” which means everyone can be an active participant in the recruitment and HR related discussions that take place, instead of just listening passively as they do when watching other speakers deliver talks at regular events. #tru’s emphasis is on communication and the free exchange of ideas between professionals and as such is also a fantastic networking opportunity.

Bill Boorman is the brain child behind #tru. Since 2009, he’s been travelling back and forth between 4 different continents and sharing his passion and experience of social recruiting, with a large audience of recruiting and HR folk. As such, he ensures that each #tru “track” or discussion, is lead by a thought leader in the industry. Previous track titles have included:

  • Twitter Success Stories
  • Campus To Career
  • Social Footprints
  • Fighting The Dragon of Social Recruiting ROI
  • Technology Futures
  • Going Mobile ‚¬€œ Successful Apps
  • The Social Recruiter
  • Branding Inside Out
  • Facebook Recruiting: Fact or Fiction?

If you’re looking for a break from regular conferences and would like to share in others’ personal knowledge and opinions, as well as sharing your own, a #tru event is the one for you.

To see what you can expect from a #tru event, check out the video below:


Tickets for the next #tru event in Paris can be found here, and are priced at ‚¬159+VAT.

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