In Search Of: The Best Human Resources and Recruiting Blogs of 2014

UT Top 25 HR & Recruiting Blogs

Today, I face something that I haven’t faced in over six years. And I’m doing it intentionally, because it’s time for growth and change. It’s time to discover something new.

This morning, I deleted all of my blog subscription feeds (I use Feedly as my RSS Reader) for Human Resources, Recruiting and Talent Management blogs.

And I feel empty.

Back in early 2008, I discovered blogs. The HR Capitalist (Kris Dunn) was my first.

You never forget your first.

As I read more, followed links to other blogs and subscribed to more, I subscribed to hundreds of blogs. I learned. I built relationships with some bloggers. Many became friends, mentors and business partners.

I’ll always be grateful for the knowledge that they so freely shared and how they helped me to grow as I stepped out of the corporate human resources world into executive recruiting and then into building my own business.

At one point, I subscribed to over 300 blog feeds. Not all of them were HR, recruiting and talent management-related, but many in those categories were definitely in my “must read” folder.

However, over the last couple of years, I’ve been slowly unsubscribing to various blogs and now my “must read” list is down to just three. Which makes me kinda sad.

Why the reduction in force?

I’m tired of reading about the same topics (engagement, performance management, culture, sourcing, onboarding, etc.) without any new perspectives. I’m tired of content marketing. I’m tired of posts that are posted just because it’s Monday (or Tuesday, or any other day of the week).

So, I’m starting over. I want your help. And I’ll share what I learn.

The 31-Day to the Best HR and Recruiting Blogs List Plan:

Here’s the Plan: Leave a comment with 1 – 3 blogs that you love and/or learn from in the comments section. (Heck, you can even nominate your own!)

I’ll subscribe to all of the HR/Recruiting-related blogs mentioned during the period of July 1st – July 31st, and I’ll read (okay at least seriously skim) every post. I’ll share posts that I think are great with my social networks (LinkedIn, Twitter, Twitter and Facebook) to spread the word and share the goodness. I’ll also keep track of how many posts I share from each blog over the course of the month.

In August, I’ll share on this blog my Top 25 Human Resources & Recruiting Blogs of 2014 list, which will be compiled primarily based upon my shares, but also a little bit of magic pixie dust (i.e. personal opinion).

Want to help me out?

Please nominate 1 – 3 of your favorite Human Resources or Recruiting blogs in the Comments below to get them in my Feedly Reader for the month of July 2014 for evaluation.

With your help, I’d love to find some new voices, recognize some old ones and also help you connect to some great resources in this process!

President & Chief Talent Strategist

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.

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45 thoughts on “In Search Of: The Best Human Resources and Recruiting Blogs of 2014

  1. Here are the ones I read daily:
    *Fistful of Talent

  2. I have deleted many of them but a few I still find new and continuously helpful come from:

    The last one, written by Mike Haberman, has remained one of my top sources for compliance info in HR over the last 5 years.

  3. Jennifer – Thanks for doing this !! My list may be a bit different, but I’m good with that.

    1) True Faith HR (@akaBruno) – Matt always makes me think every time he writes.

    2) Stop Doing Dumb Things to Customers (@dougshaw1) – Doug Shaw keeps creativity alive in HR and life. Always love what he writes. (

    3) HRGem (@HR_Gem) – Gemma Reucroft gives a balanced, stripped down version of HR. Love that !! (

    4) HR Hardball (@HR_Hardball) – John Whitaker has a great perspective on HR and recruiting with a bat !! (

    5) Accidental HR (@jawaddell) – Julie Waddell is edgy and a bit irreverent. She keeps me alert and I dig that. (

    6) Symbolist (@IncentIntel and @theSymbolists) – Paul Hebert and his crew are humanizing the workplace. Must read for me every time. (

    7) Don’t Forget to Remember (@DavidKovacovich) – Dave brings a genuine voice to everything he writes and he’s a fellow HRMusicShare fellow !! (

    8) HR Pockets (@Hrecruit) – Kristina Minyard is a new voice in the HR space and she’s rocking it !! (

    I’m not a good person with this list thing because I have 100+ blogs in my Feedly and I read them all (literally). Great folks who continue to do great work – Mike VanDervort, Mike Haberman, Robin Schooling, Kris Dunn, Neil Morrison, Melissa Fairman and many, many more.

    And . . . I hate to be the first to list my blog, but I will. I try to keep HR positive and that is needed not only in the “space” but in HR as a profession. – Everyday People (

    Thanks for bringing this back to life and I hope you find good reads that get you excited !!


  4. Hey Friend, surely a well rounded list might include a regional recruiter blog even though the content may be so focused on that area that others are disinterested. Yeah, maybe not. But tell me I am #26 and I will be happy!!!

  5. If you are looking for a different voice check out HR C-Suite. Its a results based HR strategy site dedicated to tying HR strategies to driving business results.

  6. Okay – let’s get my ego handled first. My blog is a recommend – (and I do think it is good even though the author is kind of a jerk.)

    Now my next two – that is tough ‘cuz I’m like you with over 300 feeds but the ones I always read:

    Fistful of Talent (but not ‘cuz I’m there)

    And… Steve Boese…

    Always check those two. Good luck – really looking forward to see what you end up with.

  7. Oh, I can’t leave out Steve Browne’s sbrowneHR and Paul Hebert’s Incentitel symbolist blog. They are funny, informative and they rock!

  8. Talent Culture at
    You Tern at
    Take It Personel-ly at

  9. Definitely my new favorite is Laurie Ruettimann. First off, she spells her first name right! Second, even though we’re on opposite ends of about every political and social spectrum, I love her perspective. Third, I love seeing my peers, especially women, succeed. Generation X is taking over and Laurie is one of us that is leading the way!

  10. All of the blogs stated here are fantastic – and our labor of love to the HR & recruiting world is CareerBuilder’s (also named one of Forbes’ most influential career sites of 2014).

  11. Jennifer – what a great idea! I would love to see that list once completed…

    Here are my votes:
    1) Seth’s Blog (Seth Godin) – this is not an HR blog, but I think we can learn a lot from Seth’s great marketing and human insights
    2) LinkedIn Official Blog – even though this is a content marketing blog I appreciate the talent data insights provided
    3) My blog – sorry, have to add that one… I blog about key aspects of talent trends. You can find my blog here:

  12. Great idea Jennifer.
    Here are some that I check for every day in Feedly:

    1. Written by the community expert Rich Millington, it is the best site for daily tips and advice on all things community – perfect for the social media communities we all participate in.

    2. Written by Jonathan Rice, this NZ recruitment blog is edgy, to the point and full of insight and opinion for an experienced recruiter.

    3. Everyone know Greg Savage right? If you are in recruitment – an absolute must read blog. Says it like it is in a typical Aussie way.

    4. The guys at Social Talent deliver every week with excellent advice, tips and help on recruiting.

    5. Ian Cleary writes a superb social media blog with tools listed every week that we can all use within recruiting (via social of course).

    Like you Jennifer I have loads more in my feed, many of which are listed above, but I thought these would add some different ones to the list.

    As Trish has kindly added mine, I will resist the personal promo :-))


  13. according to me, “” is a nice blog giving information about human resources

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