The Best Staffing Industry Conferences Of 2020

Recruitment and staffing industry conferences are a great opportunity to interact with some of the top authorities and innovators in the industry. Every time I attend one, I learn about new techniques, technology advances, and trends that lead to shifts in my thinking and create new opportunities.

Of course, this year is going to be a big challenge for the conference industry. That being said, we’re going to keep an eye on the top events to see if they take advantage of the latest virtual trade show technology to find a way to ‘bring us together’ – we bet they will.

And we hope they do! There’s no better way to keep your finger on the pulse of the staffing world than by diving into a great event – even if we have to change our expectations as to how they’re delivered and experienced.


Dates: March 23rd – 25th

With a focus on innovative and creative solutions, SourceCon in Seattle boasts three days of networking, roundtable sessions, and sourcing experts. Industry leaders from major companies such as LinkedIn, Cielo, Recruiting Toolbox, and Microsoft will share their expertise on topics like hiring manager partnerships, diversity sourcing, productivity, and more.

Highlights will include 6 keynote sessions by industry innovators from The Talent Agency founder Stacy Zapar to Randstad Global Head of Digital Strategy Glen Cathey.

And just as we expected leaders in the field to do, they have decided to make this year’s Spring SourceCon event 100% digital!

ERE Recruiting Conference

Dates: April 15th – 17th

The annual ERE Recruiting Conference is an education-based event for recruiters, business leaders, and managers. The 2020 conference will be held in San Diego, where a host of high achievers will share strategies and trends in the recruiting industry over 45 sessions. Learn about the “new normal” in work-life balance, using data in recruitment strategy, and what to do when your techniques just aren’t getting results.

The closing keynote address will come from Rear Admiral Rob Nowakowski and will explore how new technology is helping the Navy to compete in today’s competitive recruiting market.

StaffingTec 2020 Technology Conference & MatchMaker Meetings

Dates: May 5th – 7th

New technology moves so fast that it can feel impossible to keep up. Spend a few days in tech-savvy Austin to learn about staffing technology and digital transformation at StaffingTec.
Planned sessions will include information about chatbots, mobile apps, process automation, blockchain, reputation management, and more.

StaffingTec also features MatchMaker Meetings, letting you connect one-on-one with technology providers so you can ask questions and figure out next steps.

Keynote speakers include Anastasia Valentine, President of Resource 1, and Eyal Grayevsky, CEO & Co-Founder of Mya Systems.

Indeed Interactive Worldwide

Dates: May 11th – 13th

If you can’t make it to Austin for StaffingTec, how about a trip to the Lone Star State for Indeed Interactive Worldwide the very next week? Share ideas with other recruiters and learn from talent leaders at Indeed and from across the industry. Seminars on topics like inclusive recruitment, what key metrics to follow, and the future of the workplace will provide valuable insight into what’s around the corner in recruiting.

Plus, the conference will wrap up with keynote presentations by New York Times Bestselling Author Sir Ken Robinson and Austin favorite Matthew McConaughey.

NAPS 2020 Annual Conference

Dates: Sept. 13th – 15th

Taking place in Henderson, Nevada this year, the National Association of Personnel Services conference is a more intimate conference than some of the others, with attendance around 400 people. Although details of the speakers and sessions haven’t been released yet, past speakers have included notables like Bruce Tulgan and Stephanie Maas.

NAPS also provides two certifications at their annual conference — Certified Employee Retention Specialist and Certified Personnel Consultant. Attendees can sign up for either program (for a fee) and leave the conference with a new credential to add to their list of accomplishments.

Staffing Hub Live!

Dates: Sept. 28th – 30th

What sets Staffing Hub Live! apart from other conferences? For starters, attendance is by invite-only, but you and your team can request invitations on their website.

Also, unlike most conferences that have a multitude of speakers that you have to choose from, this Boulder, CO conference only has one stage and one agenda. It also includes roundtables and networking events, great for making new connections and finding new mentors. Check their website soon for agenda and speaker details.

TechServe Alliance

Dates: Nov. 10th – 12th

If you’re a recruiter in the IT and engineering fields, you can’t miss the TechServe Alliance Conference. Located on Florida’s Amelia Island, this event focuses on the specific challenges and opportunities in tech staffing.

The agenda is still in the works, but the 2019 conference included sessions about using gamification in recruitment, motivating your team, and creating a sustainable talent pipeline. Plus, expect hands-on workshops and peer-to-peer feedback sessions.

Don’t Miss Out!

Attending Staffing Industry conferences is an investment in your team and the long-term performance of your agency. So pick one or two and take advantage of all they have to offer!


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