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In September we’re proud to be one of the sponsors for the NHRMA 80th Annual Conference. We look forward to talking with HR professionals at our booth about how their year is going and what they are beginning to think through for 2019. We hope you’ll stop by Booth #202 to say hello!

Whether it’s your first or your 50th conference, it’s good to keep some questions in mind to ensure you get the most out of your experience. Here are a few of our favorites:

What’s on our HR strategy wish list for the upcoming year?

When you look at the agenda and partner list for an HR conference, it might be overwhelming to choose how to spend your time during the conference. When you filter your choices based on your HR strategy for the next year, it helps identify the sessions to attend and the vendors with whom to meet. This way of filtering sessions and vendors also helps you identify the most helpful information you can share with your team after the conference is over.

Am I looking to change positions?

If you plan to change jobs in the next six to 12 months, before you go to the conference review your resume for any HR pillars where you’re lacking skills or experience. Focus at least some of your time at the conference on helping build those skills. Also, be sure you’re talking to other HR professionals at the conference—they may know of an open position or staffing need that would interest you. And, if you’re not already receiving our monthly Job Alerts, be sure you sign up here so you receive our monthly highlights of HR openings with Resourceful HR and our clients.

Do I need credits to keep my HR certification current?

HR certification holders qualify for recertification credits by participating in professional development activities. Attending a conference is a great way to gather credits. Be sure you understand the process, requirements, and eligibility for obtaining credits for the sessions you attend.

How can I be most engaged at the conference?

You want to be as engaged as possible while you’re at the conference. Prior to arriving at the exhibition hall, identify if there are any burning questions you must ask during sessions. Also look for information about how to engage with conference organizers and attendees via social media or other online platforms the conference makes available. Some conferences create apps specifically for that conference to help attendees plan their day, provide updates, and engage with discussions during sessions. Find out if the conference you’re attending has such an app, and if so you’ll want to that app and any social media apps downloaded and installed before the conference, so you can hit the ground running when it comes time to engage online.

Attending a conference is an investment of your time and money, we hope these questions will help you set yourself up for a successful experience! If your next conference is the NHRMA 80th Annual Conference, be sure to stop by Booth 202. We look forward to seeing you!