List Maker to Create List of Recruiting Lists

In one of the more curious decisions the talent-acquisition field has seen — perhaps as unusual as that Raleigh recruiter who in 2011 refused human contact — a recruiting vendor has decided to make a list of the 100 most influential lists of recruiting influencers.

Synergy List Vector Management will analyze each of the many, proliferating lists of who’s influential in the recruiting field, and generate one big list that will simply rank other recruiting influencer lists. “If you love lists,” says Sheila E. Tartefly, director of robust solutions at Synergy List, “you’ll love our top 100 list of lists. You’ll have a better feel for which thoughts the thought leaders are thinking about that you should really give some thought to.”

In talent acquisition, lists have been controversial. Often, thought leaders who have found themselves listed on lists of recruiting influencers have contacted their mothers with news of such accomplishments. But not finding oneself listed on lists can be disconcerting, and even cause those left off lists to create lists with oneself on them. Recent lists of influencers have provoked a lot of discussion, as did past lists published on ERE about who is being tweeted and mentioned on Twitter.

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The Synergy List Vector Management ranking will judge the influence, reach, and authority/knowledge of each of the organizations that have created lists of talent-acquisition influencers. Then, it will generate a list of the most and least important of the lists, providing deep insight into who is influencing the perception of who is influencing recruiting. “No longer will you have to rely on influence scores, tweets, shares, likes, and so onto learn who is the most powerful among the recruiting industry’s pundits and practitioners,” says Tartefly.

When it comes to the definition of “most powerful,” Tartefly says, “we are looking far more for charisma than substance.” Special consideration or “bonus points” will be given to organizations that make a lot of lists, and make very long lists.

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