Pieces of Me – March 29, 2013 Edition

Pulling Puzzle Pieces“Pieces of Me” is a regular feature here on the blog, where I’ll share a bit of what’s happening, what’s kicking around in my head, resources I’d like to bring to your attention and a peek into the world as I see it – through lenses colored by Human Resources, Recruiting, Leadership and Career Development.

Something awesome that happened:

Tuesday of this past week (March 26th) was my 5 year Twitter anniversary!

Way back in March 2011, I wrote about the value I had received from Twitter during the first three years in a post titled “Celebrating Twitter As A Business Communication Tool” – and I still feel very much the same today. For me, Twitter is the gift that keeps on giving!

According to Wikipedia, the appropriate gift for the 5 year milestone is Wood. But I still want a pony.

Something I learned:

Well, I re-learned this one.

Recruiting isn’t just about finding the most qualified person or finding someone who matches the skills and experience needed for the position. It’s also not just about finding someone who “fits” the company’s culture. Even if you source candidates who match all of those criteria, it still won’t work out if you haven’t considered the personality of the Boss and whether or not it’s a match for the potential New Hire.

Some employees like lots of direction – and some Bosses aren’t wired that way. Some employees like minimal direction and some Bosses want to be very involved. Neither style is necessarily wrong on either side of the equation and both sides can usually move a bit in each other’s direction, but it’s highly unlikely there will be a match made in Heaven if the Boss and the New Hire’s style of work aren’t a match.

Good recruiting is hard, yo. It’s about way more than just finding people.

Someone who made a difference:

Lance Haun is the wind beneath my blogging wings. Since I moved this blog to WordPress several years ago, he’s helped me with everything from “Oh my gosh, my website is down!” to “I don’t know how to add a badge to my site, can you help?”. This past week, I asked Lance if he could increase the font size on my website – because I couldn’t see my posts anymore with my eyes that I refuse to clothe in glasses. He’s a Champ like that.

But really, Lance is way more than someone who helps me with this website. He’s one of the original HR bloggers (along with Laurie Ruettimann and Kris Dunn) and I’ve learned so much from him over the last few years as he’s moved from HR practitioner, start-up geek, ERE.net Community Manager and now the Editor-In-Chief at SourceCon.

Lance is awesome and I’m happy to call him a friend. He’s got a practical, no-nonsense approach to business, HR, recruiting – and occasionally politics and sports. That’s why he’ll always be Your HR Guy to me.

If you haven’t done so already, check out Lance’s blog, blog, blog, blog and follow him on Twitter.

A resource I’d like to share:

Mercer recently released their Talent Barometer Survey, which includes the results from their study of the talent practices of leading global organizations. You can download the 20 page Executive Summary for free at www.mercer.com/talentbarometer.

The Talent Barometer Survey includes findings related to changes in Talent investments, characteristics of an effective Workforce Planning process, key takeaways related to how organizations are addressing the educational gap and the importance of Talent Reviews within an organization to enhance the availability and quality of Talent in the organization.



In November 2012, I was quoted in an article that appeared in the Los Angeles Times“Put Your Best Face Forward Using Digital Technology”. This article is probably the only place where you’ll find a quote from me related to how pimples may or may not affect the job search process.

I think the gist of what I was trying to say was “be yourself and put your best self out there in your job search”.

Or something that sounded way better.

Upcoming Goodness:

On April 11, 2013, I’ll be hosting the Sourcing and Recruiting Social Summit 2013 in Washington, DC.

I’m excited about channeling my inner Oprah while introducing some of the most knowledgeable and experienced Recruiting and Sourcing professionals in our industry. Who knows, everyone may just end up with a new car once the conference is over. “No dream is too wild, no surprise too impossible to pull off”!

If you want to learn from some of the best, join us in DC next month! Use the code JM100 when registering to receive $100 off the registration fee.

The World As I See It:

I’m not a huge Las Vegas Fan, but I seem to end up there 3 – 4 times a year for conferences and events. So I look for the pretty stuff and hold on to my money.

Bellagio lobby Chihuly glass sculpture

Chihuly Glass Sculpture – Bellagio – Las Vegas, NV


Paris Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV


Bellagio Fountains – Las Vegas, NV


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Jennifer McClure is a Keynote Speaker, Talent Strategies Expert and Executive Coach who works with clients and companies in the areas of leadership development, communication and talent strategy. Jennifer McClure offers keynotes, workshops and training that inspire and empower business leaders to be more effective in their careers and as leaders of their organization’s most valuable resource – people.