Laurie Ruettimann

Laurie Ruettimann is a former HR leader turned influential speaker, writer, and social media strategist. You may know her as the creator of The Cynical Girl and Punk Rock HR, which Forbes named as a top 100 website for women. Laurie is a contributing editor for The Conference Board Review; a contributor to the TalentSpace blog and Business Insider; an advisor to SmartBrief on Workforce; and her advice has been featured in a wide variety of publications. Laurie is also recognized as one of the Top 5 career advisors by CareerBuilder and CNN.

Articles by Laurie Ruettimann

Classic TLNT

Are You Googling Job Candidates? When You Do, Everyone Loses

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Years ago, I asked HR professionals to stop Googling candidates.

In short, it is dumb and lazy.

It is an unreliable and invalid way of discerning a candidate’s knowledge, skills and abilities. And I believe it might be an illegal hiring practice, although there is no legal decision or class action lawsuit against an employer in America to test that theory. Read more…

HR Insights, Recruiting and Staffing

Is Zappos Zapping of Job Listings Really Smart – or Fair?

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I’m a fan of Zappos.

I like the customer service model. I like their blog. I visited their headquarters near Las Vegas before most people knew the company existed.

Unfortunately, I am not a fan of their new hiring strategy, which asks applicants to join a social network, called Zappos Insiders, where they will network with current employees and demonstrate their passion for the company — in some cases publicly — in hopes that recruiters will tap them when jobs come open. Read more…

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The 5 Attributes of a Great Human Resources Department

HR is all about showing the executive team the value you bring.

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There’s lots of talk about bad and ineffective HR.

Some say that the antidote to bad HR is to create some hyper-vigilant, technology-driven department of super nerds who obsess about big data and organizational psychology.

I hate that. Read more…

HR Insights

Work-Life Balance: It’s About Choices and the Life You Really Want

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I am just back from a great vacation where I spent Mother’s Day on a beach. That’s the kind of life you have when you are a writer who covers work, life and cats.

Mother’s Day always prompts a superficial and short-lived national discussion on motherhood, work, and the challenges facing the modern family.

Nobody wants to talk about stupid and uncompetitive human resources policies that hurt the global workforce. We just want to talk about mythical suburban moms who are overwhelmed and want a nap. Read more…

HR Insights

The Bossy Factor: Great Hiring Means Going Beyond College Frat Brothers

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I don’t know much about fraternities.

I am too young to have seen Animal House and Revenge of the Nerds, and I was well into my HR career by the time Mark Zuckerberg came around and tried to democratize campus life through technology.

I just assume that most fraternities are full of young dudes who want to get their drink on. That sounds right, doesn’t it? Read more…

Best of TLNT

The Biggest Challenges Facing HR Today

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Last week, I told you what it takes to be a conference speaker. This week, I want to tell you about some of the things I talk about when I am on the road.

When a technology company brings its customers together, it’s called a user conference. They can’t just spend 48 hours talking about learning software and HRIS systems, so they bring me in for entertainment.

Sometimes, I am the main act. Sometimes, they bring in a celebrity to be the main act and I’m just an “expert” who sits on a panel.

Either way, I get paid and the cats eat. Everyone wins. Read more…

Best of TLNT

The 5 Attributes of a Great Human Resources Department

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Lots of talk about bad and ineffective HR.

Some say that the antidote to bad HR is to create some hyper-vigilant, technology-driven department of super nerds who obsess about big data and organizational psychology.

I hate that.

And it’s not realistic. Read more…

Classic TLNT

The No. 1 Reason You Should ALWAYS Drink at Office Parties

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My dear friend Tim Sackett believes that it’s risky to drink at office functions.

You might say something stupid. You might look foolish. You might put your job on the line. And those things are all true if you’re a functional idiot. If you can’t cross the street without holding your mama’s hand, you shouldn’t have a drink at office parties.

If you are like the rest of the world, though, having a drink or two at an office party isn’t a big deal. If anything, it can be a lifesaver. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Technology

The 6 Characteristics of Truly Great HR Tech Companies

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I am tough on many HR tech companies who are lazy, dismissive and show no love for their customers; however, I do think there are incredible companies out there who believe in the value of people and understand the power of their product.

These companies don’t get enough credit for trying to make work better. I wanted to tell you about some of them without naming names. Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

Bad Managers: Sometimes, They Just Need a Little Thanks and Support

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I get a ton of email from people who complain about their bosses.

And I have several readers who never feel supported enough. Some of you think your boss is incompetent. Still others complain that your boss isn’t your friend.

That’s too bad. I always send those readers over to Ask a Manager. She is such a great writer. There is no question she hasn’t been asked. You can search her archives for an answer to your problem.

I think we have a huge problem in the marketplace. Management gurus tell us that a) everyone is capable of greatness; and, b) leaders should make everyone feel capable of greatness even when that isn’t true. Read more…