Hiring freezes. Adjusting to remote recruiting. The Great Resignation.
The last two years have presented recruiters with more challenges than any other time in recent history. Talent acquisition professionals have had to learn a whole new way of working. On top of that, recruiters now have to understand and tend to the changing needs and priorities of candidates. We get it. It’s a lot.
Fortunately, the recruitment community is overflowing with support and resources, and we’re here to help you find them. Here’s a list of the top recruiting conferences to attend in 2022, including online and in-person options.
The SHRM Talent Conference & Expo
Date: April 10-13, 2022
Location: Denver, CO & Online
The way recruiters attract, engage, and retain talent is quickly changing. The SHRM Talent Conference & Expo helps recruitment teams gain the tools and strategies they need to stay relevant and take their processes to the next level.
In addition to learning the latest trends and best practices in recruiting, you’ll hear from speakers like Michael D’Ambrose — Chief Human Resources Officer & Executive Vice President, Human Resources at Boeing — and Tim Tebow, a sports commentator, author, speaker, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.
Date: May 18-20, 2022
Location: Denver, CO
With The Great Resignation continuing to impact organizations, this year is a crucial time to revamp your hiring practices. RecruitCon 2022 will give you opportunities to learn tips, tricks, and best practices for attracting and retaining top talent. Some of the topics at the conference include the essential components of recruitment marketing, how to improve your job postings, and technologies to enhance the candidate experience.
You can also expect to hear from industry-leading speakers, including Michelle Rozen, Katrina Kibben, Brian Fink, Craig Fisher, Jo Weech, Nikao Hill, and Willena Long.
Date: May 25-26, 2022
Location: Las Vegas, NV
UNLEASH America will bring together 1,500 attendees to drive progress in HR and recruitment. The 30+ sessions will include topics like “Supercharging your HR tech investment,” “Why the future of hiring is conversations,” and “Bottom-line benefits of a good employer brand.” As one of the top recruiting conferences in the industry, you can look forward to hearing from HR and TA leaders, such as Josh Secrest, Shannon Hughes Swayney, Raju Vijay, and Quentin SaLay.
2022 NACE Conference & Expo
Date: June 7-9, 2022
Location: Portland, OR
Date: June 28-29, 2022
If you’re in corporate recruiting or college career services, 2022 NACE Conference & Expo will give you opportunities to network, learn best practices, and engage with industry thought leaders. There will be a three-day in-person conference for recruiters, as well as a two-day virtual event. Both will feature interactive learning experiences.
SHRM Annual Conference & Expo
Date: June 12-15, 2022
Location: New Orleans, LA & Online
SHRM22 will be one of the largest gatherings of HR and recruiting professionals in the industry. The conference will focus on a number of timely topics, including DEI, workplace culture, talent acquisition and retention, and mental health. You can expect more than 200 sessions with speakers, such as Vivian Hairston Blade, MBA, MBB, PMP; Buddy Bush; Karl Ahlrichs, SHRM-SCP, CSP; and Miguel Joey Aviles. This will be one of the best HR conferences of 2022.
Talent Acquisition Week
Date: July 25-29, 2022
Talent Acquisition Week is a talent acquisition conference dedicated to employer branding, sourcing, and recruiting. At the event, you’ll be able to network with other recruitment professionals, discover the latest talent sourcing technologies, and learn DEI best practices. You’ll also hear from talent acquisition all-stars, like Melissa Thompson, Ashleigh Anderson, Jessica Korte, Tiffany Ballve, and Priti Sahu.
2022 VIRTUAL Conference: Creating a Culture of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Date: September 21, 2022
Creating a Culture of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is an ideal conference for recruiters and HR professionals looking to build out their DEI strategy in 2022. During the event, you’ll learn how to create a clear vision for DEI practices, empower your staff to work together, and build a common language around DEI. Some of the session topics include, “Building an Inclusive Workplace,” “Creating a Safe Place for Hard Conversations,” and “Facilitating Empathy and Understanding in a Virtual Workplace.”
One of the other major benefits? The conference will give you an opportunity to earn 4 HRCI General credits, 4 SHRM PDC’s, 4 HCI credits, and 3 ATD recertification credits.
TAtech Leadership Summit On Technology & the Candidate Experience
Date: September 27-28, 2022
Location: New York, NY
TAtech Leadership Summit On Technology & the Candidate Experience is specifically designed for talent acquisition leaders, and you can expect fireside chats, panels, presentations, and discussions on industry best practices. Some of the session topics include managing the candidate experience as they move through the funnel, how COVID-19 has impacted the candidate experience, and how to measure candidate experience success.
Future Workforce Conference
Date: October 11-13, 2022
You can join fellow HR leaders and People pros at the virtual Future Workforce Conference this October 11-13, 2022. Industry leading speakers from fortune to mid-size companies will share how they have adapted (and rebuilt) their workplace strategies to improve the employee experience, retain talent, and drive business growth. A conference + workshop pass will secure you access to the pre-conference automation workshop and two full days of sessions.
Attendees can expect to hear from speakers representing IBM, Chevron, Lyft, Southwest, ADP, Indeed.com, Pfizer, and many more. Plus, Future Workforce Conference will be pre-approved for HRCI recertification credits to help you further your professional development.
Tech Recruitment Conference (TRC) 2022
Date: November 3, 2022
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands & Online
Attending TRC 2022 is a great way to combine visiting Amsterdam with gaining in-depth knowledge around leadership, technology, culture, and tech recruitment. You’ll get a unique opportunity to network and learn from industry experts, such as Job van der Voort (Remote), Adriaan Kolff (MatcHR), Lindsay Ross (Bitpanda), Tamar van Herk (Mollie), and many others.
If you can’t attend the event in-person, you can book an online seat. Online participation will be as productive as the in-person experience.
Finding the Right Recruiting Conference for You
With so many conferences geared toward recruiters in 2022, it can be difficult to decide which ones to attend. While each has its own particular focus, they all offer opportunities to network with other talent acquisition, HR, and recruitment professionals; learn best practices; and expand your horizons. Here’s to making 2022 your best recruiting year yet!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2022 and was updated for comprehensiveness in July 2022.