How to get the most out of attending recruitment conferences | CNA International

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Recruitment conferences are invaluable events for professionals in the talent acquisition industry. They provide opportunities to learn about the latest industry trends, connect with fellow professionals, and gain new insights that can significantly help with career development. However, with a plethora of workshops, panels, and networking events often packed into just a few days, making the most of the experience can be overwhelming. So in this article, we’ll go over strategies to maximise your return on investment when attending recruitment conferences.

  • Set Clear Objectives

Before setting foot at the conference, outline what you want to achieve. Are you aiming to learn about new recruitment technologies or glean insights about the industry? Or is your primary focus on networking? Knowing your goals will help you prioritise sessions and decide which events to attend.

  • Do Your Homework

Most conferences release their schedules well in advance. Go through the lineup and identify sessions that align with your objectives. Create a personalised schedule, ensuring you have enough breaks to recharge and enough time to see what you want to.

It also helps to familiarise yourself with the key speakers and their backgrounds. This will not only enhance your understanding during their sessions but also serve as conversation starters during networking breaks.

  • Engage Actively

Merely attending a workshop isn't enough if you want to draw out as much value from it as you can. Engage by asking questions, taking notes, and participating in group activities. This active involvement will enhance your learning and make you more memorable to fellow attendees.

Many conferences will also offer dedicated apps or online platforms for attendees. These tools can help you stay updated on last-minute changes, participate in polls, and connect with others. So be sure to use the provided tools to stay up-to-date with what’s going on at the event.

  • Network Intelligently

While it might be tempting to hand out your business card to everyone you meet, focus on building meaningful connections. Engage in in-depth conversations with a few individuals rather than surface-level chats with many.

Another great way to network intelligently is by using social media. Before, during, and after the conference, use platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter to connect with attendees and speakers. Use the event's official hashtag to share insights, which can also help others discover and connect with you.

  • Post-Conference Follow-up

After the conference, go over your notes and any literature you've collected. Reflect on what you've learned and how you can implement these insights or trends into your daily work. Reach out to the people you've met with a personalised message. It could be as simple as expressing gratitude for an insightful discussion or sharing an article relevant to your conversation.

For any tools, strategies, or methodologies you've picked up at the conference, plan how you'll integrate them into your recruitment process. Consider hosting a knowledge-sharing session with your team.

Get the Most Out of a Recruitment Conference With These Tips

Recruitment conferences are a goldmine of opportunities, but like any event, what you get out of it depends on your preparation and engagement. By setting clear objectives, actively participating, and following up diligently, you'll not only enhance your professional development but also contribute to the growth and dynamism of the recruitment community.

Whether you’re looking to become your own boss in recruitment or you want to expand your business, our team at CNA International can help. By partnering with us your business will unlock a suite of services tailored to your needs. We offer comprehensive training, mentorship opportunities, administrative support and so much more to help empower you. Our goal is to provide you with all of the tools you need to thrive in recruitment. To learn more, please contact us today to start a conversation.


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