Recruiting professionals have much to be thankful for. In addition to the wealth of information now available about the candidates they research, talent acquisition pros are a breed who are highly engaged across the blogosphere and many social media outlets. Because of this activity, it is easier than ever to keep a beat on key developments and the bold new ideas of the most influential personas. In order to help recruiters sift through the noise and keep track of the most interesting and innovative voices in the space, we've compiled this list of the top 10 most influential recruiters.
Our list isn’t ranked; it’s more about highlighting novel perspectives and noteworthy approaches.
For more information, and to really see just how many active professionals there are to learn from in our space, take a look at these two excellent resources: “The 50 Most Popular Recruiting Influencers on Twitter,” and “THE 10 to Follow in Social Media Recruiting.”
Josh is President and CEO of Bersin and Associates. He’s witnessed important changes to the recruiting landscape over the last quarter-century, and he enjoys openly sharing this wisdom. What impresses us most is the continual role he plays in analyzing and critiquing scholarly research focused on HR methods and technology—all in a bold effort to make predictions about the future of recruiting and hiring. Predictions for 2014: Building a Strong Talent Pipeline for the Global Economic Recovery showcases how he uses experience, knowledge, and research to offer uncanny foresight.
Why do we love Aline? She’s outspoken and shoots from the hip. A former engineer, she turned to technical recruiting to “make the recruiting industry suck less.” She did a great job of dispelling the folk wisdom regarding hiring methods in her piece “Lessons of a year’s worth of hiring data.” Loving to share her ideas on the hiring process—she’s built an impressive following on Quora by crafting insightful and witty responses to key questions that urgently need answers in the recruiting space.
Johnny is the founder and CEO of Social Talent—an Irish company founded in 2010 that’s “Europe’s leading provider of online and social media training specific to the Recruitment and Staffing industry.” He’s put together an impressive collection of curated Social Talent YouTube videos: Weekly Wednesday Webinars; Sourcing News Weekly; and Modules. With 15 years of experience, he seamlessly provides intuitive and streamlined content that’s both informative and easily digestible.
As president and CEO of Xceptional HR, Jessica communicates her SPHR knowledge across a wide variety of mediums, effectively making her one of the best known HR community leaders around. A gifted communicator, she’s an ingenious creator and transmitter of knowledge, ideas, and well-established practices. Her social media mastery speaks to an intuitive mind that values dialogues; follow her on Twitter for powerful recruiting insights and relevant trends.
Lou is a hiring-related expert with four decades of experience. Founder and CEO of The Adler Group, he empowers organizations by providing them with the concept and practice of Performance-based Hiring. His training and consulting services are an invaluable resource for recruiters and hiring managers. A prolific writer, his posts can be found on top-notch industry content sources like ERE.net and LinkedIn Today. He’s also a best-selling author of several creative texts.
Andy not only creates wonderful content—he actively engages and shares important news, methods, and practices that permeate everything we do in our space. Founder of Sinora Consulting in the United Kingdom, Andy is a social recruiting expert who moves beyond theory to demonstrate how recruiting strategies play out in the real world. If you’re curious about the difference between concept and reality—Andy is a great resource.
The simplest way to describe Matt is he understands something important: creating content that matters is all that matters. If you’re looking for a fresh, grounded, perspective on the recruiting cosmos, then he’s your critical resource. Matt’s writing can be found on an assortment of industry media content sources (too many to mention here), and he’s implemented recruiting strategies for several Fortune 500 companies.
MEGHAN M. BIRO
Meghan is the CEO and founder of TalentCulture Consulting Group. One of Meghan’s many personal talents is her ability to craft active community spaces where dialogues centered on the intersection of talent and culture prosper. By creating #TChat, recruiters can collaborate with peers across two (instructional) interactive channels: Weekly Discussion Forum and Open Knowledge-Sharing Channel. Meghan is a regular contributor for Forbes, and her ideas on humanizing business culture and practice have influenced businesses of all sizes.
Steve is a problem-solver who knows that if the answers aren’t pretty, he’s still going to discuss them at great length. One of his main ambitions is to demystify the recruiting process, and he starts by being humble and forthright. If you want answers to questions, whether you’re a jobseeker or recruiter, Steve can provide them within the context of how strategies have changed over time. He also started Open Mic Career Chat (#OMCchat), a forum that provides jobseekers with practical tips and pragmatic advice.
STACY DONOVAN ZAPAR
Stacy holds the impressive title of “Most connected woman on LinkedIn.” As the founder and CEO of Tenfold Social Training, she leverages her knowledge network and veteran experience to help recruiting and hiring teams create potent recruitment strategies. She knows how to turn persuasive ideas into dynamic actions—imparting an irreducible passion for, and know-how of, social recruiting, digital sourcing, and branding strategies.
Are there any key influencers we snubbed? Let us know in the comments!