Finding Candidates in my Backyard

As some of you know, I work for the leader in conventions and trade shows.  In my world, it is important to find candidates that have industry experience especially when hiring sales people.   While doing some research I found that #LinkedIn, old reliable for those who use it to source our candidates has a great tool that allows you to search those industry specific candidates

Once on there I like to browse the different types of events such as conferences, meetups, and seminars.  But the big fish for me is the link “Tradeshows and Conventions”.

With one simple click, you can view all upcoming Tradeshows Conventions searching a variety of ways – upcoming events, events within the week and even past events.

Let’s say you are a Recruiter in Broadcasting with offices globally and you are looking for industry related sales people.  Here’s is what you do.

1.  Click on the link:

2.  Click on Tradeshows and Conventions -search all

3.   I see that by scrolling down the list, there are two events comping up that may have some great candidates.  The are:  InfoComm in Las Vegas and the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam.

4.  Clicking on InfoComm, I can see there are 298 attending.  When I click on InfoComm 2010, I am then given a choice of clicks looking at names of people who have stated they are attending and 43 who are interested in attending.  But wait…there’s more..

5.  Click on “See More” and the profiles of those attending.  Look to the right and it breaks it down further by category such as people not attending, presenters, and exhibitors.  Click on those and you also see the names.

6.  Unfortunately, there is no way to narrow this list down from linkedin.  I will leave it to the experts such as @booleanbackblt to help us narrow this down.

7.  Start calling and identifying candidates.  It’s that easy and you can build quite a pipeline.

Have questions..feel free to ping me at @superrecruiter.


About Superrecruiter

Strategic corporate recruiting leader based out of Dallas, TX finding A level talent faster than a speeding search string and able to build successful partnerships and measure results yielding excellent results! Michael Goldberg leads a corporate recruiting team focusing on Trade Show, Conventions, Audio Visual, Staging, Lighting, Video, Hospitality, Hotel AV, Creative, Experiential Design, Marketing Strategy, Face-to-Face Marketing, and Corporate related positions.
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