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Laurie Ruettimann

Laurie Ruettimann is an HR professional with more than a decade of experience in Fortune 500 organizations. Her website is

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Social Recruiting and Universal Truths

Laurie Ruettimann
Oct 7, 2009, 11:50 am ET

srs-logoI’m so excited to chair the upcoming #socialrecruiting summit. If you are like me, you are telling your friends and colleagues about the upcoming event in NYC. If you are like me, you have to stop and explain exactly what social recruiting means in the talent management world.

Michael Specht wrote a great post, several months ago, with a simple and concise definition of social recruiting.

  • Using social media tools as part of recruiting.
  • Building a community of potential candidates.
  • Engaging with candidates as people not numbers.

Can anyone do better than that? Do we have a universal definition for the act of social recruiting?

When you talk about social recruiting as a construct, I want to know how you define it. Do you leave off the word social and just use the broader term of recruiting? Is ’social recruiting’ something so unique that it still requires a separate definition, or is it ubiquitous enough in our industry that it’s embedded in your daily operations and recruiting strategy?

I’d love to know what you think. The comments are open…

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#socialrecruiting Summit Coming to NYC

Laurie Ruettimann
Sep 14, 2009, 12:00 pm ET

srs-logoIt is my privilege to be the chairperson for the upcoming #socialrecruiting summit on November 16th in New York City.

I was lucky enough to speak at the last event in June at the Googleplex where I shared a venue with thought-leaders such as Joshua Kahn, Shannon Seery Gude, and Chis Hoyt. We made the case for using social networking tools and platforms, and we discussed the growing importance of these tools in our roles as recruiters and HR professionals. Our sessions covered topics such as mobile recruiting applications, employee brand management and monitoring, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and enhanced career websites.

As the chairperson for the next #socialrecruiting summit, it is my goal to bring a community of recruiting professionals together to discuss the real-world applicability of social recruiting. keep reading…