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I've recently "switched sides" and find myself looking for employees rather than looking for the next position. I have the usual resources of recruiters and job boards, but I really value getting out and meeting people face to face if I can.
I'm looking for some strategies that I can use at a conference setting to network with people who are looking for work or may know of someone who is. I don't want to come off as aggressive or some type of headhunter, but I'm not sure how to signal to people that I'm looking to hire in a way that will be inclusive and invite productive conversations. Thanks for your ideas! -Paul
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I think the traditional networking rules still apply here. You can approach someone and ask what he/she does for a living. In return, the person will probably ask you the same question. That becomes your opportunity to briefly share what you do and your interest in helping people find new opportunities. If the person you're speaking with isn't currently on the market, he/she may know someone who is. I think you'll end up getting referrals from the people you meet at the conference more than making direct connections, since conference fees are often too costly for those who are currently in transition from one position to the next.
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Just a common sense idea. Circulate. And do as Amanda suggests and ask people what they do for a living (or what their hobby is, or what their connection is to the conference topic, etc.).
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I'm a CAREEREALISM Career Expert, and what I love most about conferences is the free swag and social events. Maybe its a funky t-shirt you're wearing that advertises 'I'm Hiring' or maybe it's a happy hour you plan after the day's last session. Yes, it comes down to networking but give people a reason to seek you out. After all, offering the potential for a job is an attractive proposition! Peggs __________________ Learn more by visiting http://www.MichaelPeggs.com
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I think these are all great suggestions! Another avenue to make connections and get the word out that you're hiring could be during the 'stretch your legs' breaks or over the lunch break. Those are opportunities to spend some quality time with people, generally in smaller groups in a briefly less formal situation where conversation can really occur. And depending on what the conference is about, perhaps you can broach the subject with the group framed within the context of the discussion.