Are you in, or thinking of entering the recruitment industry? Here are 8 Women Leaders in Recruitment you should follow today.
One of my favourite things about the recruitment industry is how progressive it generally is, relative to its peers. For years while other industries have had serious issues with diversity, the recruitment industry has typically represented a high percentage of women and minority groups. While there’s still a lot of work to be done, I’m proud to work in an industry that’s at the leading edge of diversity and inclusiveness.
Here’s a list of some of the most inspiring and intelligent women to follow in the industry. While it’s by no means an exhaustive list, everyone here is either an existing industry stalwart or a young up-and-comer with disruptive ideas.
Stacy Zapar: &
With 36,000+ connections and counting, Zapar has worked with Zappos, Netflix, Amazon, Walmart, WeWork, Petco, TripAdvisor and other industry giants to fulfil their recruitment needs. With 15+ years of experience in talent acquisition, she uses her candid expertise to discuss recruitment challenges, including but not limited to, candidate experience, organizational development, employee branding, job design and social hiring.
Irina Shamaeva: &
As a Chief Sourcer and Partner of Brain Gain recruiting, Shamaeva is a well-known name in both the corporate and start-up world for being resourceful, creative, and collaborative, when it comes to attracting the right kind of talent. On Twitter, you can find her talking about the trials and tribulations that come with helping job-seekers embrace their workforce trends, network building tactics, talent sourcing tips for recruiters, and upcoming webinars/events that you shouldn’t miss. Shamaeva also shares informative insights on internet research projects, productivity tools, search engines, name generation and more on her blog, ‘Boolean Strings‘.
Pat Wadors: &
With over 30 years of experience in the recruitment & HR industry, Wadors has helped the likes of LinkedIn, Yahoo, Twitter, and Plantronics with talent acquisition, development, and transformation. As a self-professed introvert, Wadors often discusses key learnings from her career in recruitment and employee engagement, focussing consistently on the value of diversity and inclusion in the workforce. She also shares thoughtful, forward-thinking advice, coupled with terrific storytelling, on doing what you love, navigating workplace conflict, pursuing your passion, and how she continues to stay motivated in her day-to-day life.
Jennifer Kim: &
Committed to optimizing workplace experience and sourcing the best candidate, Kim is a Stanford Graduate who worked with San Francisco based Lever for 4 years where she was responsible for talent acquisition, amongst other things. She’s a regular, prolific contributor to the LinkedIn Talent Blog, where she shares book recommendations for professional development and writes about leadership development, organisational behaviour, diversity in technology, future of the workforce, and recruitment analytics. She regularly shares actionable insights and tips from her daily adventures of getting employees to be more in-turn with themselves, and be happily engaged with work/life. Packed with actionable insights, practical advice and humour, Kim provides helpful resources for the contemporary recruiting professional.
Linda Tuerk: &
With almost 15 years of experience under her belt, Tuerk is a traditional executive search expert in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area, with specialization in talent acquisition for IT companies. Targeting everyone from job-seekers to C-suite executives, she adds a fresh, honest, and down-to-earth voice to the rapidly evolving recruitment industry. She offers an insider’s perspective of hiring processes and maximizing employee potential that is equal parts intriguing and engaging. She offers an insider’s perspective of hiring processes and maximizing employee potential that is equal parts intriguing and engaging. Apart from sharing the current HR news and recruitment stats, Tuerk posts about the latest job openings, interview preparation tips and other nitty-gritty of the attracting stellar talent.
Amybeth Quinn: &
As a full cycle recruiter, Quinn has been big names like Nike, Hewlett Packard and General Electric to fulfil their talent sourcing and recruitment needs in marketing, product management, engineering and operations. Combining her love for research and teaching, she spends her time collecting, curating and sharing meaningful insights to facilitate a seamless hiring process that’s based on market intelligence and talent supply. She posts thoughtful, forward-thinking advice, coupled with terrific storytelling, on doing what you love, navigating workplace conflict, pursuing your passion, and how she continues to stay motivated in her day-to-day life.
Amy Miller: &
As a Recruiter for Microsoft, Miller aims to “make tomorrow better” by hiring the right people to bring their insatiable curiosity to the table of the company that makes more than half billion dollars of revenue every day. She’s also a regular contributor on RecruitingDaily, where she focuses on educating the readers about disrupting the recruitment process, why experience matters more than education, how to be better at negotiation, handling personal work matters professionally and more.
Amy Richman: &
With over 18 years of experience, Richman has led global recruitment initiatives, including candidate selection, application tracking, and employee brand identification, for Gartner, Starwood Hotels, and Pitney Bowes. Her focus has always been on attracting the best talent, ensuring a positive candidate experience and showcasing the company’s collaborative culture and winning legacy. Richman frequently shares tips, hacks, and suggestions for creating a healthy working environment, standing out in an interview, connecting talent to value, the right resume language, and other recruitment-related queries.
If you’re interested in breaking into recruitment, or already belong to the industry, I’d highly recommend following all 8 of the people on this list. The amount of value they deliver and the ideas they come up with are insightful, actionable and fundamentally inspiring.