recruitDC has been hosting annual conferences and networking events for
regional recruiters. In honor of that milestone, we have a new logo as
well as a new website. We hope
that you will share information about our regional recruiting based
organization with all levels of talent acquisition professionals in your organization.
We also invite you to help us celebrate by providing your favorite recruitDC moment, activity, and/or picture along with the hashtag #recruitDC10 via social media. As an incentive, each unique entry shared will be entered into a contest — feel free to post multiple memories! One winner will be selected via random drawing among RecruitDC Spring 2019 attendees on May 23rd to receive an iPhone X. Another winner will be selected from all who were unable to attend the March 23rd event to win free admission to all recruitDC events for 1 year.
To get you started, we wanted to feature an interview with a member of the community who has attended several of our networking and conference events including our very first one in 2009. Matt Duren, a recruitDC board member, interviewed Prerna Chauhan, a regionally-based talent acquisition professional, who shares her thoughts about recruitDC, events and getting involved with the community.
Matt: You’ve been to several recruitDC’s over the years, including the very first in 2009 – tell us why you decided to attend and what it was like back then?
Prerna: The first one was very different in that a strong sense of community didn’t exist back then as it does today. It was much smaller in scale and attendance. However, the purpose of building a community for all of us in the DMV area was clear from Day 1. I attended because I had always wanted to have a network of peers that I could leverage and share ideas and issues that were common and unique to the DMV area.
Matt: You’ve been a regular attendee over the years, what keeps you coming back to our events?
Prerna: The growing network of professionals who are both eager to learn and to share their knowledge with those who are willing to ask for ideas, help and suggestions. Also, it’s an opportunity to really take a day to focus on self-growth and learning.
Matt: What’s the most significant impact recruitDC has had on your recruiting career?
Prerna: The network I’ve created. Some of my best professional opportunities have come from word-of-mouth referrals from people I’ve had the fortune of getting to know over the years and because I’ve been able to demonstrate my knowledge and passion and share ideas as well as ask for help when needed and they’ve seen it first-hand. (Special shout out to Mike Bruni who always has my back!!)
Matt: Tell us your favorite/lasting memory from recruitDC?
Prerna: Meeting Steve Levy (Uncle Steve as I fondly call him). I was in a presentation and someone had mentioned sourcing on Twitter, I happened to mutter to myself, a presentation on how would have helped, I didn’t know it then but Steve was right behind me, he heard me, tapped me on my shoulder and asked for my email. Next thing I knew, 30 seconds later I had a presentation that Steve had put together on how to source on Twitter in my inbox. His attitude of willing to help, being available to answer questions has stayed with me and I try to pay that forward to everyone that I can possibly help.
Matt: Lastly, If someone is reading this interview and they have yet to decide if they should attend the 10th anniversary of recruitDC, what would you tell them?
Prerna: Just come, if you are willing to put yourself out there and talk to people you’ve never met without hesitation, I promise you won’t regret it. And more than likely, you’ll be back every year and will be happy to volunteer willingly because you’ll see how much you’ll get out of your attendance. If for nothing else, just come for yourself, even one conference will help you grow much more than you realize. DO IT FOR YOURSELF!