Recommended Blogs for HR & Recruiting Professionals

We’ve come a long way baby…

As usual, former Punk Rock HR blogger (and now HR and careers mogul) Laurie Ruettimann sums it up pretty well. Along with the Evil HR Lady, Kris Dunn and Lance Haun, Laurie was one of the first to open up online to share her experiences about what it’s like to exist in the world of HR.

Now, there are more HR and Recruiting blogs than you can shake a stick at. Some are all kinds of awesome, while others are still finding their way and seeking an audience that includes more than their Mom – and likely me.

I subscribe to a ton of blogs and newsfeeds by using Google Reader and although I read many HR & Recruiting-related blogs, I think it’s important to read blogs and news outside of the space as well. For example, I enjoy reading blogs that are focused on Marketing, PR, Social Media, Leadership, Employment Branding and Professional Speaking to help me be a more rounded business owner and professional and also to stay on top of best practices and case studies that could be useful in helping my clients.

In summary, A&E called, and they want me to appear on their new show – Hoarders: Buried Alive Under RSS Feeds…


But like a junkie who needs another fix, I’m always looking for new blogs to discover, new Bloggers to connect with and new ways of thinking, so I’d like to get your input on blogs that you would recommend that I check out in these categories:

Must Read HR Blog/Possibly Undiscovered HR Blog

Jennifer’s Picks -> The HR Capitalist and Women of  HR (multi-contributor)

Must Read Recruiting Blog/Possibly Undiscovered Recruiting Blog

Jennifer’s Picks -> (multi-contributor) and Sirona Says

Must Read Leadership Blog/Possibly Undiscovered Leadership Blog

Jennifer’s Picks -> Great Leadership and Just Dewett – Fuel For Leaders

Must Read Social Media-Related Blog/Possibly Undiscovered Social Media-Related Blog

Jennifer’s Picks -> Social Media Examiner and The Anti-Social Media

Wildcard: Must Read Blog – Other/Possibly Undiscovered Blog – Other

Jennifer’s Picks -> Fistful of Talent (multi-contributor) and 1.00 FTE – Impressions of Corporate Life


Which blogs are on your list? Please share some or all of your favorites with me and others in the comments!

RecruitFest October 7, 2010: Learn From the Best for FREE

Yeah, I know. I attend a lot of conferences in the recruiting and HR space.

It wasn’t too long ago that I was someone who had never attended even a local conference before.

I was too busy to be out of the office. I didn’t have the money (or spent the money) in my budget. In an effort to be a good Boss, I made sure that the people who worked on my team got out for professional development opportunities – but I never made it to any.

I put myself and my professional development last. Boo.

Two years ago, I made a conscious decision to invest in myself by attending two of the leading HR and Recruiting conferences – the SHRM Annual Conference and ERE Fall Expo. I use the word “invest” on purpose, because at that time, I was a 3rd party recruiter paid only on commission, so any expenses related to attending came out of my own pocket (i.e. not paid for by my company) – and time out of the office took me away from revenue generating activities for a few days.

Yet I can safely say that getting out to some of these events to learn from many of the big brains in Recruiting, HR and Talent Management, as well as to build relationships with key people in my industry has been one of the best decisions of my career.

I’ve had the opportunity to learn from (and meet) some of the top Thought Leaders in my profession and I’ve listened to case studies and best practices shared by practitioners at leading organizations. I’ve also developed some of the strongest and most helpful business and personal relationships that I’ve ever had in my career.

To put all of that into business-speak – an extremely positive ROI has been achieved.


As I continue to grow in my career and develop my new business, I’m continuously curious and love to learn – so conferences are one way for me to meet those needs. But sometimes the cost, travel and/or time investment can make attending a no-go.

So I’m really excited that the folks at and are making the entire October 7th RecruitFest conference in Boston available to view FREE and Live online!

I’d recommend clearing your schedule from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm EST on Thursday, October 7th to be there.

You’re Boss will love you because you’re saving T&E dollars + you’ll get smarter = WIN.


Will I “see” you there?

Help Me With My Homework: What Are The Top Issues for Human Resources Today?

I’ve been a long-term member of my local SHRM Chapter – the Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association – and have served on both the Staffing & Recruiting and Communications Committees in an effort learn from others, meet people and to give back to my community. If you’re not involved with your local chapter, I highly recommend it!

Recently, I also volunteered to be a part of the Strategic Planning Team for GCHRA and we’re going to spend the next several weeks developing a Plan to recommend to the Board that will provide focus to the organization in an effort to best serve its membership for the next 3 years. I’m excited about being involved and look forward to working with some super smart people in the process.

That’s where you come in! My first assignment is to come back to the Team with a list of current priorities and focus areas for Human Resources and Human Capital professionals to ensure that our committee is addressing what is important to the GCHRA membership.

As a start, I’ve pulled some data from a recent Human Resources Executive Online survey on “What’s Keeping HR Leaders Awake?”. With 1,032 responses, I think the survey results provide a good start – with the 3 biggest challenges for HR identified to be:

  1. Engagement
  2. Leadership Development
  3. Retention

But I want to know what YOU think!

  • What’s keeping you awake at night as an HR/Recruiting/Talent Management professional?
  • What are you spending the majority of your time on these days?
  • Do what’s keeping you awake and where you spend your time align?
  • Are you still looking for the roadmap to find your seat at the table? (I kid. I kid.)

Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section. I have homework due this week and I want to impress the Teacher! 🙂

Join Me: The Lost Art of Interviewing – FREE Webinar 9 23 2010

As someone who has spent their entire career sourcing, recruiting, interviewing, selecting and hiring candidates, you’d think I would have learned a thing or two about how to interview well.

But it’s one thing to be the interviewer – and another to be the interviewee. Like most people, I’ve had my share of interviews where I left feeling like I had nailed it – and I may have bombed at least once. I blame Canada. Just because.

But for you – there’s hope! I’m honored to be one of the panelists in a FREE webinar on Thursday, September 23, 2010, where we’ll be sharing tips, hints, do’s and don’ts on the “art” of interviewing.

For more information about the webinar and people involved, see below. For more details and to register – go HERE.

Also be sure to check out more of what’s coming in the future from Mark Stelzner, Laurie Ruettimann and Yasha Stelzner through New Media Services, LLC. They are the Voice of HR. They are the Voice of Careers. Basically, they’ve got you covered!


The Lost Art of Interviewing

Thursday, September 23, 2010
Noon EST | 9:00am PST

You’ve used all the tools at your disposal, networked until your hands were sore, revised your resume a hundred times, survived the online application process, passed the personality assessments and FINALLY landed a job interview. But did you save enough energy to make the most of this rare occasion?

Let’s face facts – with competition for jobs at an all-time high, how you perform during your interview can either be your shining moment or result in complete self-destruction. The bad news for many is that interviewing is the weakest link in their career arsenal. The good news for you is that we’ve assembled a terrific panel of experts who can offer pragmatic advice and answer your most common questions, including:

  • How do I best prepare for an interview?
  • What are today’s employers likely to ask?
  • What can I (the applicant) ask during the interview process?
  • What are some of the more common mistakes to avoid?

Moderated by JobAngels Founder Mark Stelzner, our panel will address these items and more, including an opportunity for you to pose your own questions directly to our experts. Please welcome recruiting and HR experts Jennifer McClure, Deirdre Honner and John Nykolaiszyn as they help you rediscover the lost art of interviewing. And if you’re on Twitter, please follow our hashtag #voc10 to participate real-time with your fellow attendees. This is sure to be a popular event so sign up today!

Our Distinguished Panel

Jennifer McClure is President of Unbridled Talent, LLC a Cincinnati based consulting firm providing services to clients in the areas of attracting, recruiting, developing & retaining key talent in their organizations. Jennifer is passionate about helping businesses to improve their people strategies through providing consulting and training services and she’s also a popular speaker who is regularly engaged to present at conferences, associations and to HR, Recruiting and leadership teams at a variety of organizations – including Fortune 100 clients. Prior to launching her own consulting business, Jennifer led the life of a full-time Human Resources Pro with leadership and executive-level experience in privately held and Fortune 500 companies and also worked as an Executive Recruiter and Executive Coach partnering with C-level leaders to find, recruit and develop key leadership talent. She writes frequently about a variety of talent management topics on her personal blog Unbridled Talent and can be found on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

John Nykolaiszyn is an accomplished human resources professional living and working in South Florida. He started his recruiting career working for The Maxim Group, a division of Aerotek. Capitalizing on a unique opportunity for growth, he joined a boutique firm in 1999, becoming a partner in 2000. He then made a successful transition into corporate HR in two very challenging industries, healthcare and quick service restaurants. He’s been a senior recruiter at one of Miami’s largest private, teaching hospitals and a generalist at a high tech laboratory startup owned by one of the largest private hospital chains in the country. In addition to his corporate recruiting responsibilities at Burger King Corporation, he was a key member for promoting the employment brand in the social space. John is now an Associate Director at Florida International University where he is responsible for representing the College of Business Administration to employers on a local, national and yes, even international level. John’s direct recruiting background totals over twelve years. He has an MS in Health Services Administration from Barry University, and is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). An avid reader, and lifelong learner, John also writes about his professional and personal experiences at his blog; “Fast Food HR”. In his spare time, you’ll find John spending time with his wife and daughter, smoking cigars, and cooking or grilling on his deck. John can also be found on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Deirdre Honner is the Associate Director of Human Resources at Calvin College in Grand Rapids MI. Joining the college in 2001, she is responsible for staffing, training and development, immigration, classification, HRIS and employee relations. Prior to Calvin College, she worked in human resources in southern California for a large semiconductor company; and spent years in staffing and training and development. She is active on all social networking sites and writes three blogs. She has a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and has received the SPHR (senior professional Human Resources) certification. When not writing about HR or technology, she usually has a camera in her hand. Deirdre can be found on Twitter and LinkedIn.