Nothing Takes the Place of an In-Person Conference!

This past week, I attended The National Resume Writers’ Association’s conference, this year held in Portland, Maine. Though it’s nice to be able to interact with members virtually, I get more in the 3.5 days each year than I do in 12 months!

Ironically, where I learn the most at these events is outside of the conference room. With no set agenda, topics come up naturally – I end up learning things I didn’t know I even needed to know! Still, I’d guess that some of my biggest takeaways at conferences come from conversations I’ve had with colleagues at dinner, while exploring the town, or in-between sessions. 

Of course, there is immense value in attending the conference workshops. I get to update specific skills, learn about industry trends, and pick up new ways of doing things. I do the same thing virtually when I attend teleseminars, webinars, and group calls. But one thing is missing – the human interaction. While technology has enabled me to meet and stay in touch with connections, there’s a longer lead time. On the other hand, it’s not unheard of for two people to become fast friends after meeting at a conference or symposium.

Though online networking is necessary in this day and age, it would be disappointing if they completely overtook in-person conferences. For those with the option, I’d like to encourage everyone to invest in their careers by attending at least one on-site conference a year. Though online is definitely cheaper, I can almost guarantee a higher ROI on your investment of money and time when you attend an in-person conference. Your career is worth it!





About Charlotte Weeks - Executive Career Coach / Executive Resume Writer / Outplacement Consultant

Prior to founding Weeks Career Services, Inc. Charlotte Weeks worked in human resources at a national association, where she experienced the hiring process from the other side. She's also the past president of The National Resume Writers' Association (The NRWA). Charlotte specializes in providing C-level executives (CEO, CFO, CMO, etc.), association executives, executive directors and senior-level professionals (director, VP, SVP, etc.) with comprehensive career coaching services and high-ROI resumes. She is author of "I Want a Job in an Association -- Now What?? A Guide to Getting a Job in a Professional Association, Membership Organization, or Society" and featured author of "101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career." Additional book contributions include "The Twitter Job Search Guide," "Resumes That Pop!," and "Step-by-Step Cover Letters." As an internationally-recognized expert, Charlotte provides programs and documents tailored to each individual’s needs. To ensure that each person is given the highest quality of attention and service, Charlotte works with a limited number of new clients each month.
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1 Response to Nothing Takes the Place of an In-Person Conference!

  1. I agree. You learn so much from someone’s body language. Great post.

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