Devoted To Educating Our Own

By Ben Gotkin
ben gotkin2As we close in on completing our 4th year at recruitDC, I look back with tremendous pride with what we’ve accomplished.  Myself and several others sensed a significant void in recruiter education and networking in the DC market and in the Fall of 2009, we decided to do something about it.  Fast forward to Fall of 2013, and we’ve held 7 sold out conference events averaging 200-250 attendees.  This year, we added to the opportunities to connect be producing 5 smaller Meetup events.  Our website ( was also launched, offering a steady stream of blog posts and information of interest to the local recruiter community.

recruitDC is a not-for-profit, grassroots organization staffed by volunteers, on the Board, supporting the Board, and supporting our events.  What we do is a labor-of-love, as we all share the belief that the more the recruiters in our community get up and away from their desk, and out to learn, connect and grow, the better off the entire recruiting community will be.   Better educated recruiters mean that companies are able to make better hires and deliver a better candidate experience, both of which have a significant impact on those company’s bottom lines, which ultimately has a positive impact on the local economy.  Think I’m exaggerating?  I don’t think so.  Our local economy is primarily a knowledge and service economy, in the end, it’s all about the people, and companies need to make the right hires to optimize their success.

But we are not alone.  For the past several months, I have been engaging in a conversation with my peers from local recruiter groups in other markets around the country.  Each of these groups is independent and unique in their own ways, but ultimately we all share the same devotion to educating and connecting our communities.  Our dialogue has been focused on what we can all learn from each other to enable all of us to continue to deliver great learning and networking events and opportunities. Last week in Las Vegas at the Recruiting Trends Conference, I met in person for the first time with my peers from groups in Minneapolis, Atlanta and Denver.  It was a great experience, and started to lay the groundwork for the future.  I am always energized by being around other recruiters.  To be around others like myself who are energized and devoted to growing their local communities was pretty amazing.

We have one more event this Fall, which should be another great one.  For the first time, we are hosting a conference event in Maryland, this time at the historic AFI Silver Theater.  If you haven’t registered yet, seats are still available to connect with your peers and learn from local and national experts about recruiting analytics, mobile recruiting, effective influencing and social media.  Please click the link below to learn more and register.  Hope to see you there and we look forward to even bigger and better things for recruitDC in 2014!