In less than one week, the LinkedIn Talent Connect conference kicks-off at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. This conference has quickly become the top-rated conference in the talent acquisition space. LinkedIn provides a quality agenda for all types of attendees from recruiters new to their platform to TA executives who are blazing trails in recruitment strategy, from small and mid-sized business to large global enterprises.
I’m sure there will be record attendance again this year, so you will have ample opportunity to network and find peers who have conquered the same challenges you are facing right now. It can honestly be overwhelming to balance good networking interactions with the quality general and break-out sessions being offered (plus, you are in Vegas, so you need to find some time for Vegas-like activities).
So, here are my suggestions for 3 things you must do and/or attend next week:
- The first general session, scheduled for Wednesday morning at 8:30am. Of course, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner will be telling us about the new and amazing things they are doing. There is always some new product announcement from Jeff, so you don’t want to miss it. Up after Jeff on the main stage is Chris Hoyt from PepsiCo sharing his Secrets of an InDemand Employer. PepsiCo is always innovating and pushing the envelope in talent acquisition, but more importantly, I know Chris will make the session fun. That jam-packed general session also includes an inspiration speaker after Chris. While I don’t know anything about this year’s speaker, Erik Wahl, if the past year’s speakers are any indicator, you will be energized and inspired.
- Engage in the conversation. Follow the other attendee’s thoughts and impressions on Twitter with #InTalent and @HireOnLinkedIn. Also be sure to contribute your own thoughts. Since you can’t attend all the sessions at once, you can read about those that had the greatest impact and then watch the video of those sessions on SlideShare or YouTube after the conference. If you have colleagues who aren’t able to make it to the conference, encourage them to join the live stream of the event so they can participate virtually, as well.
- Attend the social gatherings. Tuesday’s welcome reception will be around the MGM pool (hopefully we don’t get a freak rainstorm again this year). Many of us who have attended all the TalentConnect conferences in Vegas are hoping for the return of the women in big bubbles floating on the water. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, be sure to be at the reception. Wednesday night is the evening party that always includes amazing food, great drinks, fantastic music and the opportunity to make new connections.
- (This one is a bonus). Attend the 2 sessions where I will be a panelist. On Wednesday at 1:30pm, I’ll be joining Brendan Browne of LinkedIn and LJ Brock of RedHat for “So You Want to be a Global Talent Acquisition Director.” All 3 of us will discuss our career paths and things we wish we’d done differently. We will also take your questions. On Thursday afternoon, the topic will be “Reactive to Strategic Recruitment: Manage the Phases of Change.” Brett Underhill from Prudential and I will be discussing the journey of change our organizations went on while we implemented more strategic talent acquisition practices. I’m honored to share the stage with 3 thought leaders in talent acquisition.
Before you pack your comfortable walking shoes and Advil to head out to Vegas, be sure to update your LinkedIn profile. Everyone you meet next week will be checking it out. I look forward to seeing all of you there.