The State of recruitDC: 2016 and Beyond

By Kathleen Smith

As we enter into the seventh (!) year of recruitDC, it was time for the board to take stock of where we have been, what we are doing and where we would like to go. Thanks to Susan LaMotte and exaqueo team we were able to do research and focus groups with the community. 

 From this research and after board discussion, we would like to share the mission of recruitDC.

“recruitDC is a networking community that hosts events with the goal of fostering best practices and new ideas discussion to elevate the recruiting profession in the greater Washington, DC area.”

The greater Washington DC community is a very large one, and we know that we have a lot more to do to provide networking opportunities for all the recruiting professionals in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC.  We are looking forward to engaging more volunteers for programs and events to assist with providing the community with more networking opportunities.

This year, our spring conference will be in Washington, DC while our fall conference will be in Bethesda, MD.  In order to make things easier for all, we have selected key dates for our conferences. The spring conference will always be on the Thursday prior to Memorial Day and the fall conference will always be on the Thursday before Thanksgiving. 

We were excited to announce our first networking breakfast in Hanover for the end of February and it was so popular the event sold out before we had an opportunity to promote the event! Thanks to Jo Weech, Lee Wanless and Matt Duren for producing and presenting at this event.

recruitDC has added a fresh approach to the programmatic material by having Call for Proposals for the conferences and networking events. For the spring conferences we are featuring three tracks: Back to Basics, Advanced Tactics and Management Strategies.  If you have a great story or best practices to share, we would love for you to submit a proposal to present! The deadline is March 1st.

From the community research, we also had a recommendation to have more involvement from the senior talent acquisition executive community.  The board has created a volunteer position of Spring Event Chairperson to support program development and outreach for the spring conference. We are excited to announce who this year’s Spring Event Chairperson will be in the coming weeks.

Finally we couldn’t grow without the help out of community of volunteers, and we are honored that the ranks of volunteers has grown over the years. Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills or reinforce your current skills, tackle new challenges, meet new people and more importantly give back to the community. We love that so many people help out with the programs and events. And we would love to have more people join us

We’re looking forward to a great year ahead, and to sharing it with our community. Please join us in the conversation on all our social channels, and we’ll see you at the events!