Staying on top of hiring trends isn’t easy. As much as the fundamentals of the industry remain the same, the tools, best practices, industry standards and technological innovations evolve at a mind-boggling rate. If you’re a recruiter with your head down working on tough to fill roles, tracking the industry as a whole can seem impossible or a waste of time.
But it’s not; it’s essential. Recruiters are competing against one another for the best talent. A competitive advantage comes from being better informed and smarter than the competition, and that’s why it’s crucial to stay plugged into the wider world of recruiting. You can’t stay ahead of the curve with your head in the sand.
Every day people are pushing the industry forward and hiring the best candidates in new, better ways. Oftentimes, they share their insights, knowledge, and observations on a multitude of channels. With all of this information swirling around, a recruiter needs to know how to cut through the noise. That’s where this list will come in handy.
Below is a list of 16 people driving the practice of recruiting forward. They are among the best thinkers, researchers, practitioners, writers, and leaders within the recruiting and talent acquisition industry.
Sourcing, Branding, and Hiring Gurus
Laszlo Bock (@LaszloBock2718) - Google’s longtime Head of Talent, Laszlo was the genius behind much of Google’s industry-leading approaches to company culture, development, and talent acquisition. The author of the closest thing to a modern HR Bible, Work Rules!, Laszlo is the closest thing to HR royalty that exists and a true industry trailblazer.
Shally Steckerl (@Shally) - Shally is the godfather of sourcing. As the President and Founder of the Sourcing Institute, Shally has played a huge role in establishing, refining, and perfecting the art of sourcing and hiring over the course of his career. Now, through The Sourcing Institute, Shally has embraced the role of teacher and is helping to train a new generation of sourcers and recruiters. He’s also part of the World’s Greatest Sourcer brain trust.
Meghan M. Biro (@MeghanMBiro) - Meghan is the founder of TalentCulture, a digital ecosystem connecting and engaging talent acquisition and HR professionals who want to understand and shape the “human” side of business. With a career that has spanned recruiting, talent management, digital media and brand strategy, Meghan offers cutting edge insight into where talent acquisition is right now and where it’s going next.
Irina Shamaeva (@braingain) - A true Boolean whiz, Irina has a background in mathematics that she leverages to create some of the most effective, on-point Boolean search strings we’ve ever seen. With Boolean Strings, she maintains one of the best sourcing blogs on the internet and sponsors regular, free webinars on some of the most vexing sourcing challenges around via the Boolean Strings Network.
Stacy Donovan Zapar (@StacyZapar) - Possibly the world’s best-networked human, Stacy Donovan Zapar is the queen of recruiting. She serves on the boards of multiple HR companies and has worked with Fortune 500 firms and startups to help them develop their employer brands, talent acquisition strategies and recruitment marketing efforts. Perhaps more than anyone, she’s got her finger on the pulse of the recruiting industry and she’s always got solid advice and ideas for anyone who connects with her.
Glen Cathey (@GlenCathey) - One of the sharpest sourcers around, Glen has been sharing his industry-leading methods and tips for years as a speaker, writer and founder of the popular Boolean Black Belt blog and website. Now SVP of Talent Acquisition Strategy and Innovation at Kforce, Glen is one of the industry’s best speakers on the ins, outs, and evolution of recruiting, sourcing and talent acquisition. Check out some of his lectures on YouTube to see for yourself.
Maisha Cannon (@talentgenie) - Now a Global Talent Strategist at Github, Maisha cut her teeth sourcing and recruiting for some of the world’s foremost companies, including Verizon, Google, SpaceX, and even E! Networks. Fresh off a third-place finish in this year’s World’s Greatest Sourcer competition, she’s putting that experience to work by eagerly sharing insights, tips and tricks of the trade everywhere from her Keynote address at SourceCon Fall 2016 to her blog.
Maia Josebachvili (@MaiaJo_) - As Greenhouse’s VP of Strategy and People, Maia is helping one of HR Tech’s most innovative startups practice what it preaches. She’s also putting her analytic chops to work developing compelling theories and new ideas about the ROI of investing in talent, showing that creating knowledge and pushing the industry forward is the single best way to make your mark amid all the noise.
Tracy Chou (@triketora) - A former software engineer at Pinterest and Quora, Tracy helped drive a wave of tech company diversity data disclosures when she called out the industry in a blog post. Soon, Facebook, Google, Mozilla and others were all publicly sharing their diversity data. Overnight, she became one of the most impactful diversity activists in Silicon Valley. Now, as a consultant with the US Digital Service, a founding member of Project Include and a volunteer with Code2040 and Girls Who Code, Tracy is leading the charge for inclusion in tech. Keep your eye on her.
Leslie Miley (@Shaft) - Currently Director of Engineering at Slack, Leslie has worked at places like Apple, Walmart, Google, and Twitter. He’s at the forefront of modernizing Silicon Valley hiring practices, speaking on diversity and inclusion at events like Black Tech Week, TechCrunch’s Disrupt SF, and Tech Inclusion. Small wonder that he wound up at Slack earlier this year since they and CEO Stewart Butterfield are among the most prominent advocates and practitioners of diversity and inclusion in tech.
Jason Medley (@JasonDiscovers) - Director of Talent Acquisition at image hosting startup Imgur, Jason is part of new breed of HR thinkers and practitioners that prioritize company culture, employer branding, and hiring team alignment as the key forces driving successful hiring and team-building strategies. Before joining Imgur, Jason was the Director of People and Culture, and Talent Acquisition at Quirky.
Kyle Lagunas (@KyleLagunas) - Now research manager for IDC’s Talent Acquisition & Staffing Services division, Kyle is one the industry’s leading analysts. Formerly with some of the top analyst firms covering talent acquisition and human resources, Kyle takes a data-first approach to reading the tea leaves to offer compelling and actionable insights.
Matt Charney (@mattcharney) - The resident dean of writers covering the talent industry, Executive Editor and Head of Content at RecruitingDaily, Charney offers a tonic of skepticism in an industry a bit too prone to excessive positivity. His take-no-prisoners analysis of trends, events and new products cuts deep to add accountability to the industry. Matt's weekly columns and Twitter stream are both essential reading for every recruiter, sourcer and talent acquisition pro.
Aline Lerner (@alinelernerLLC) - A former software engineer, Aline is turning the technical interview on its head as the founder of Interviewing.io. Interviewing.io helps demystify the technical interview process for candidates by training them to excel in their interviews. The main idea is to help more engineers get jobs based on merit rather than pedigree. Her blog posts are must reads loaded with compelling data, insightful analysis and thought-provoking conclusions.
Lou Adler (@LouA) - One of the influential recruiters writing today, Lou has more than four decades of experience helping companies implement hiring strategies for the modern job market. An advocate for a methodology called performance-based hiring, Lou takes a thoughtful approach to hiring that has made him one of the most sought after experts in the country. He’s also written two best-selling books, Hire With Your Head and The Essential Guide for Hiring & Getting Hired.
Liz Ryan (@humanworkplace) - A prolific writer, Liz blogs on the ins and outs of recruiting and hiring at Forbes where she reaches a massive global audience with her takes on all of the biggest issues facing HR today. She’s also an unabashed advocate for the job-seeker, doling out priceless advice to candidates on how to handle each and every hiring situation imaginable. If you’re trying to spruce up your culture or deliver a stellar candidate experience, Liz Ryan is the person you want to be reading.
Keeping up with the industry’s foremost practitioners and thinkers and innovators is worthwhile for every recruiter. It essential for developing skills, expanding knowledge, networking with colleagues, and learning how others approach some of the biggest problems facing the industry.
A list like this isn’t meant to be exhaustive. It’s intended to be a port of entry into the world of recruiting and the people leading the charge forward. In many cases they are practitioners themselves, with years and even decades of experience sourcing, recruiting, and hiring talent across various industries. They’ve seen hiring evolve and change, and they often have a sixth sense for where it’s going next. In short, they’re people worth paying attention to.
They’ve paid their dues and earned their accolades, but the best thing about them is that they’re dedicated teachers and sharers, too. They don’t hesitate to dole out tips, tricks and advice to help others learn from their experience.
Evaluating Candidates Beyond The Resume With Interviewing.io's Aline Lerner
Sourcing, Productivity, Multitasking, and the Art of Pushback With Shally Steckerl
The Evolution of Talent Acquisition With GitHub's Maisha Cannon