#TalentNet (#SocialRecruiting)

On May 1, 2009, in All, Industry Analysis, John Sumser, JohnSumser.com, Social Recruiting, by John Sumser
#TalentNet (May 01, 2009) Last night I had an interesting opportunity. Craig Fisher (@fishdogs on Twitter) asked me to join an event called TalentNet. He wanted me to pick a topic and tweet about it for a half an hour or so. Fisher, the founder of A-List Staffing dosage side effects is a regular presence […]

Wherefore Art Thou HR?

On April 30, 2009, in All, Futures, HR Trends, Industry Analysis, John Sumser, JohnSumser.com, by John Sumser
Wherefore Art Thou HR? (April 30, 2009) This story starts with an article called “Mincing Words” that I published over on RecruitingBlogs.com. The piece begins with the idea that our language for the profession and work of HR is damaging. Laced with descriptors of slavery and the ownership of people, the language (Human Capital, People […]

Translate to Tweet

Translating to Tweet (April 23, 2009) I’m learning a great deal about Facebook and Twitter. They are both dynamic information distribution environments. Each day, I pump out a flow of 15 or so items. Bill Kutik calls it “the cell phone news.” Twitter’s format requires  you to become adept at writing fortunes for fortune cookies. […]


Extremophiles (April 22, 2009) In a world of writers and verbal intellects, Eileen Clegg is a visual thinker. She is a prototypical Renaissance person with broad interests and deep networks. The seasoned newspaper reporter (10 years at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat) spent an additional chunk of her life working at the Institute for the […]

Best Buy

Best Buy (April 16, 2009) In my conversations with Josh Kahn, it became apparent that Best Buy is doing something really different. Over and over again, I asked him if it felt like being at “Ground Zero”, if he could think of any other company who was organizing along the same lines. While he pointed […]

Josh Kahn

Josh Kahn (April 15, 2009) I’ve been getting to know Josh Kahn for a couple of years now. We met through the Recruiting Roadshow®.He generously navigates the Bet Buy decision matrix to support the Minnesota Recruiters events which are held there. The first Recruiting Roadshow® was held in the hallowed halls of Best Buy. It became, […]

Buzzword Parade

Buzzword Parade (April 14, 2009) I was talking with a colleague about the buzzword problem in HR Technology. Most of HR is discussed in a jargon that has been slowly evolving since the first Personnel Departments emerged during the depression. The language of job descriptions, merit increases, conflict management, skills and personality assessment all require […]

What Is Social Recruiting?

What Is Social Recruiting (April 08, 2009) I’ve started a conversation about the nature of Social Recruiting on an Australian Wiki. It’s my contention that using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn et all to recruit is not necessarily social recruiting. It’s a desktop variant of Recruitment advertising. It’s an advanced form of sourcing. That’s not to say that […]

The Twitter Revolution III

The Twitter Revolution III (here’s Part I and II) (Mar 27, 2009) What separates humans from other animals is the sense of self-awareness. Increasingly, technical innovation is self-aware. The (probably unintentional) brilliance of Twitter is its lack of functionality and intention. That’s what gives it the ability to become self-aware as it evolves. These days, […]

Just Work

Just Work (Mar 26, 2009) There’s an emerging movement. It’s something like the slow food movement as it applies to work. Slow food is an antidote to fast food. It’s a part of the Slow Movement which features websites like  Slow Planet. Slow is not about doing everything at a snail’s pace; it’s about working, […]