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10 Professional Associations for Recruiters in 2023

Whether you are a seasoned recruiter or just starting your career, these associations can be instrumental in your professional growth.

As the field of recruitment continues to evolve and become more competitive, it is crucial for recruiters to stay connected with industry trends, expand their knowledge and network with like-minded professionals. Professional associations play a vital role in providing resources, education and networking opportunities to help recruiters thrive in their careers. 

Let's highlight ten professional associations that are leading the way in the recruitment industry, empowering recruiters with valuable insights, professional development opportunities and a strong community of peers. Whether you are a seasoned recruiter or just starting your career in talent acquisition, these associations can be instrumental in your professional growth and success. Let's dive in and explore the leading professional associations that recruiters should have on their radar in 2023. 


American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment (AAIHR)

For more than 70 years, foreign healthcare professionals have treated US patients. But they've never been more central to the delivery of quality health care in this country than in the last two years when the nursing shortage has reached crisis levels. We fight to give voice to international nurses and the health systems and American families who depend on them.  

American Staffing Association (ASA)

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical and professional practices. 

Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals (ATAP)

Founded in 2016, ATAP’s mission is to cultivate a community that sparks innovation, engagement and knowledge sharing for Talent Acquisition. 

As talent acquisition continues to evolve and grow, its impact can be felt across organizations and all around the world. It is now the chosen career for many people, who in turn affect millions of lives—and livelihoods. As the first inclusive association to advance the talent acquisition profession, ATAP will meet the needs of professionals dedicated to finding, hiring, and retaining employees in organizations around the globe. 

National Association of Executive Recruiters (NAER)

Founded in 1985 by a group of the nation’s leading search professionals, the National Association of Executive Recruiters (NAER) represents a membership dedicated to the highest level of ethical standards and practices. United with this commitment to excellence, NAER members set the standards for the industry and our goal is to continually enhance our quality and methods through education, interaction, and professional competence. NAER membership comprises an organization of exceptionally qualified, successful executive search firms, each with a proven track record of service and achievement. 

National Association for Health Care Recruitment (NAHCR)

NAHCR provides healthcare recruitment professionals education, networking and resources to become strategic business partners within a dynamic healthcare environment. 

The depth and breadth of education, tools and resources are unlike others in the market because it's developed and reviewed by those serving the profession. As a member, you gain access to specialized and unique content specific to where you are in your career, so you can keep up with the changes in health care and be a leader in your field. 

National Association of Legal Search Consultants (NALSC)

NALSC is the national professional organization for the legal search profession and is committed to upholding the highest ethical standards in the field. The field of legal search consulting evolved in the late 1960s as a response to developing demands for specialized consulting services in the hiring of attorneys. Since then, the industry has grown dramatically and continues to do so. However, in the early days of the profession, dialogue among legal search practitioners was virtually nonexistent and a lack of consistent standards of practice marred the credibility of the legal search profession. 

To provide an effective forum for dialogue among legal recruiters and develop consistent standards within the industry, the National Association of Legal Search Consultants was founded in 1984 by a group of the nation’s leading legal search experts. NALSC’s primary goal continues to be elevation of the professionalism of the field by establishing a standard of ethical business conduct. Today, NALSC members agree to abide by the NALSC Code of Ethics®. NALSC also provides an educational forum for members and for the legal and business community and allows NALSC members to learn, discuss best practices and socialize together. 

National Association for Personnel Services (NAPS)

The National Association of Personnel Services has been the staffing industry educator since 1961 and enjoys its reputation as the oldest industry association. We continue to maintain the position as the search and staffing industry educator through our certification program, continuing education initiatives, eLearning and our annual conference. 


For more than 60 years, NPAworldwide has been connecting independent global recruiting firms to facilitate split placements. NPAworldwide is the oldest recruiting network of its kind, with an international membership of recruiting firms located throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Americas. 

NPAworldwide membership gives independent recruiters and small firms a way to compete in a global marketplace without sacrificing the unique qualities that distinguish them from larger competitors. Members rely on NPAworldwide to build relationships that result in more effective and efficient service to clients and candidates in their own market. Those relationships translate into enhanced revenue-generating opportunities and increased financial stability. Members of our global recruiters network also gain value through improved speed, reach and capacity. 

Recruitment Process Outsourcing Association (RPOA)

Founded in 2005 by pioneer RPO leaders, today the RPOA is the leading trade association serving the US recruitment process outsourcing community primarily and the global community secondary. They nurture a collaborative community where thought leadership can be created and curated to educate the marketplace about RPO. 

RPOA strives to be a globally recognized authority whose leadership, perspective, resources and expertise people go to in order to best navigate the critical emerging and present talent acquisition issues affecting their business. They are committed to advancing, elevating and promoting recruitment process outsourcing as a strategic hiring solution for organizations seeking to reach their highest potential through their people. 

TempNet Staffing Association

TempNet is the premier association of dynamic, independent staffing firms sharing strategic practices within a non-competing environment. 

TempNet is looking for the most professional, progressive and strongest independent staffing firms in markets not covered by current members. We value the confidential sharing of successful business practices and reliable referral resources. We exist to provide independent non-competing staffing firms with the tools to compete, grow, and prosper. By sharing best practices, resources and experiences, members gain access to strategies, solutions and training necessary to thrive in an ever-changing employment market. 


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