I spent 48 hours in Chicago last week to attend the latest SHRM conference/expo. I got a chance to walk the expo floor, hang out with some of my recruiter/blogger pals and talk shop. And of course there are the parties, the best one being thrown by Glassdoor.com at the House of Blues.
The SHRM expo is generally filled with low level HR people looking for swag so its not a very good conference to buy a booth at. But those who did got a chance to get in front of over 14,000 people. Traffic around the expo hall was very brisk on both days I was there. I even got pulled into a panel session with Jim Stroud and Johnnie Campbell from Social Talent where we waxed poetic about the myth of passive candidates. The session turned into more of a social recruiting strategy session but dont worry I pumped up the audience about using niche job boards!
A number of job boards had a presence and here’s a few pics and some random thoughts…
Career builder is still kicking, they had the biggest booth it seemed like.
Monster was not there. If I was CareerBuilder, I’d be happy about that.
Beyond.com and Snagajob had sizable booths. Linkup, the upstart aggregator was there as usual.
Dice was a big sponsor of the hive and blogger lounge. I thought that was smart money cause they were really pushing their open web product. And their logo seemed to be everywhere.
Jobtarget had a booth as well as Jobs in Logistics.
Indeed had small booth, for first time in many shows I didn’t recognize a single sales person, they have lots of new faces. I wonder how many people have left after their acquisition.
SimplyHired was there giving out free orange cotton candy to match their new logo. They finally launched an ad center to compete with Indeed and they are hiring sales reps in Canada from what I hear. I was hoping to talk to their new CEO but he wasn’t in attendance.