There are only around 4 weeks to go now until Recruitment Agency Expo North, one of the UK’s premier free-to-attend events for recruitment agencies.
The hugely successful exhibition returns to the Birmingham NEC for its third year, on 30 September and 1 October.
New for this year, on top of the opportunity to meet with more than 50 exhibitors and attend more than 28 seminars and 14 training sessions, is the Sourcing Zone. In a jobs market where it is increasingly difficult to reach candidates with the right skills, or where many relevant candidates may not be thinking about moving – good sourcing can make all the difference.
Led by Jonathan Campbell of Social Talent, the sourcing zone will be a practical, hands-on demonstration of how to find hard-to-reach candidates. Delegates will be able to bring their own examples of candidates they struggle to source, and Jonathan will guide them through the steps to find them. At the London Expo in February, he boldly showed delegates how they could find anyone’s contact details in less than 60 seconds – so a session in the Sourcing Zone is not to be missed.
Once again, Recruitment Agency Expo North is supported by all of the key recruitment industry associations: REC, APSCo, TEAM, the Institute of Recruiters and the Association of Recruitment Consultancies. What’s more, representatives from these bodies will host their own keynote speeches and seminars, keeping visitors on the pulse of what’s happening in the industry.
Adrian Marlowe, founder of ARC, for example, will host a session on how to enhance the value of your recruitment business, alerting recruiters to the fundamentals they often overlook. And Paul Chamberlain, principal legal adviser to TEAM, will present on recent developments in the recruitment and employment law field.
Continuing the candidate attraction theme, recruiters will also be able to hear more on how they should be generating interest in their services and roles through great content. In Dave Hazlehurst’s presentation, ‘The Currency of Influence’, delegates will learn about how to influence candidates through “contagious and magnetic content”, and how they can use the power of storytelling to engage people with their brand on social media and through other online channels.
Online content expert Craig McGregor continues the theme of brand building through great content, looking at how what’s on your website, how you market online and your jobs ads all combine to influence the sort of candidates you attract and clients’ perceptions of your services.
Another topical element to this year’s Recruitment Agency Expo North will be sessions on how to protect against unscrupulous recruitment practices such as job scams or fraud. Keith Rosser, chair of SAFERJobs, will look at how agencies, clients and jobseekers can share information to defend against scams such as asking for fees upfront or CV fraud, and improve the reputation of the sector as a whole.
Elsewhere at the Expo, delegates will have the chance to network with peers or hold meetings with industry suppliers in the Networking Lounge. There is even an online meeting booking system available at the Recruitment Agency Expo North website, to help plan your visit.
The Networking Lounge is the perfect venue to meet potential suppliers, who flock to the Expo to showcase their products and services. Previous exhibitors include experts in accounting/finance, web-based recruitment and job-posting software, mobile and web development companies, and all of the professional recruitment associations. If there is support you require to help grow or manage your recruitment business, you’re likely to find it here, and booking a meeting on the Expo website is just a click of a button away.
As Mark Bowyer, business development manager at exhibiting software company Microdec, testifies, the event is hugely useful for buyers and suppliers alike. He says: “There is always a great buzz at this exhibition and the new business opportunities for exhibitors are tantamount to the atmosphere.”
“As most exhibitions and events take place in London we don’t often get the opportunity to meet such a huge number of recruiters who are based in the Midlands or beyond; so we really do enjoy coming to Recruitment Agency Expo North.”
The event continues to attract high-level decision makers – our projected visitor demographics predict that almost two-thirds of delegates will be CEOs or business owners, and the vast majority of delegates have a say in purchasing goods and services for the recruitment industry.
All of the event’s attractions are free, providing you register beforehand, so if you don’t want to miss out on this chance to mix with industry peers and keep your finger on the pulse of the key issues affecting the hiring sector, sign up today.
To register, click here.
Article contributed by Recruitment Agency Expo