By Pete Radloff
I've been very lucky in my career. Luck played a part in how I even got into recruiting. It played a part in my having some of the best mentors and teachers that you could ask for over the course of a career. Because of my appreciation for all of this luck, I've always wanted to pay it forward, to use a phrase. Turns out, I wouldn't have to wait long.
In 2010, I attended the first ever recruitDC, at Wooly Mammoth Theatre in D.C.. I lucky enough be asked to be on a panel about sourcing tools and techniques with some people that I greatly admired. And while I knew a good number of the attendees, I met so many people there, that it was hard to keep track of everyone. I would later find out through various conversations with people, some years later, that they had also been in attendance. It was a whirlwind event, but one that I took away a great deal from.
I walked out of the first recruitDC conference feeling as though I had just been handed the keys to the kingdom. I had innumerable new tricks to apply to my sourcing and recruiting, and new (to me) tools to test out. I was in a bit of recruiting-geek heaven, and to borrow a phrase from my friend Stacy, "I knew I had found my people". I knew that for as long as there were more of these, I'd be one of the first to buy tickets. After all, as much as I wanted to attend national conferences, there was never a budget for that. And up until now, I hadn't seen anything with that depth of content at an event at a local level. Hooked.
I was invited to join the Board of Directors for recruitDC in 2011. I immediately jumped at the opportunity to help shape and grow an organization I was very fond of. Heck, I'd get to work with Bob Corlett again. That in and of itself was enough to make me say yes. It turns out, that I got so much more out of it than I had ever expected. To be honest, I've been on the Board for longer than I've been at any job. and in that time, we've accomplished a lot.
Fast forward to now, my last event as a Board member of recruitDC. I'm not one for sappy good-byes, but I cannot stress enough how thankful I am for the opportunity to have been on this great ride. I'm proud to call each of the board members - past, present & newly elected - a good friend. I'm emboldened by the mix of new and familiar faces at each and every conference. I've always believed that a connected community is a strong community, and the recruiting & sourcing community in DC is one of the strongest that I know of.
May 25th is just around the corner. And, in a bittersweet way, I'm really looking forward to this event. The sessions are filled with great information and we've pulled together a strong mix of talent from the D.C. area and the country.
To those who haven't yet come to recruitDC, or are on the fence:
Find a reason to come to the conference. It is worth the investment of time to grow and expand your network - just ask anyone who has come to a recruitDC event before. Don't expect one day to solve all your recruiting & problems, but rather let it add to the body of knowledge that goes with you wherever you go. And no matter what happens professionally, your community is still there. And the reqs on your desk? They will still be there tomorrow too, but maybe you'll have some better tools and tactics to fill them with.
I hope to see you there on May 25th, and hope that your experience with recruitDC is as meaningful to you as it is to me. And that is due to the community.
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