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Top 10 recruitment thought leaders to follow in 2021
Anushka Rajesh
September 30, 2021
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HR as we know it today, has come a long way in its evolution by adapting to crisis situations, incorporating AI and automation, developing a healthy and sustainable organizational culture, empowering employees and strengthening the organizational purpose, all of these which culminate in reaping profits.

As the world of hiring and recruitment undergo phenomenal transformations with changes occurring inside out, the world’s best minds in HR strive to maintain an equilibrium between the past, present and future of recruitment.

In conversation with leadersHum, the top 10 recruitment thought leaders each share their opinions on a trending sub-topic in HR, hoping that their years of experience in this sector will serve as a beacon light for young leaders and professionals. Join us on this journey where they uncover futuristic trends that will be the face of Human Resources for years to come!

Who, Why and Where: The 3 Ws of the top 10 recruitment thought leaders in 2021

1. Gero Hesse

Top 10 recruitment thought leaders to follow in 2021 | peopleHum

Who is he:

Gero Hesse is the Managing Director at TERRITORY EMBRACE and a recruiting specialist, with a high penchant for innovation and thought leadership. Besides being one among the Top 25 HR Influencers, he's a blogger who runs Saatkorn.com - one of the most popular and highly regarded HR blogs. 

Why you should follow him:

Gero, being one among the top Talent Acquisition Thought Leaders believes that organizations should align their culture, vision, mission, values and purpose. He opines that ‘why’ is the most important question that HR professionals need to answer more than the ‘how’ and the ‘what’. It is when you answer why you do what you do and why you would want candidates to work in your company is when you develop the core of your organization. The moment that foundation is strong enough, every external crisis can be resisted.

Where to find him:

Apart from having a striking social media presence on LinkedIn and Twitter, Gero’s blog articles can be found on Saatkorn and his interview on the past, present, and future of talent acquisition can be found on leadersHum.

2. Craig Fisher

Top 10 recruitment thought leaders to follow in 2021 | peopleHum

Who is he:

Craig Fisher is the Founder, Recruitment Marketing, Employer Branding, Recruitment Process and HR Technology Advisory at TalentNet Media. He is the author of Inbound Recruitment, and a popular keynote speaker at tech, social media, recruiting and sales conferences worldwide. 

Why you should follow him:

Craig is a believer of the fact that technology exists only to enhance and supplement the human potential in Human Resources. In a smoother, faster and efficient way, it will assist in the mundane activities of recruitment, leaving HR professionals with enough time and bandwidth to channelize their energies into implementing innovative and authentic recruitment strategies in the Future of Work. In other words, HR tech will be an enabler than a replacer.

Where to find him:

Besides his impressive LinkedIn and Twitter, Craig’s blog write-ups can be found on Inside Talent and his interview on the art of  elevating one’s talent brand with modern recruitment strategies can be found on leadersHum.

3. Cynthia Trivella

Top 10 recruitment thought leaders to follow in 2021 | peopleHum

Who is she:

Cynthia Trivella is a managing partner at TalentCulture - World of Work. Besides being a Recruitment Influencer, Talent Sourcing Strategist, and a Marketing Communications Professional, her interests include Employer Branding, Retention Strategies, and Sourcing Strategies for talent acquisition. 

Why you should follow her:

In Cynthia’s opinion, companies’ primary agenda should be to empower the biggest assets of their organization - the people. The moment there is a focus on employee empowerment, it directly translates to increased employee belongingness to the company, improved individual productivity, better employee output and a rise in revenue. The core of this cascade effect is ensuring a positive employee experience by meeting employees’ work demands, fostering better employee engagement and recognizing workers’ contributions.   

Where to find her:

Cynthia’s relevant blog articles on Talent Culture make a mark for themselves among others. In addition to her noteworthy LinkedIn and Twitter personas, her take on how hiring and recruitment can be made better can be found on leadersHum

4. Kyle Chetty 

Top 10 recruitment thought leaders to follow in 2021 | peopleHum

Who is he:

Kyle is the HR Executive at Autoboys Glass Fitment Services. Apart from being registered with the SABPP as a HR Professional and being a Gallup Strengths Coach, he has more than 10 years of extensive HR work experience within the Financial Services, Wholesale and Retail and Automotive industry focusing on change management and training and development among other areas. 

Why you should follow him:

Kyle, being one of the top global recruitment Thought Leaders believes that HR is all about making a difference. In contrast to the objective of other departments, it is less about running behind the paycheck and more about having a strong purpose. It plays an important role in shaping the lives of individuals and transforming companies. In short, HR transcends the frontiers of the personal and the professional by delivering an experience that is focused on the ‘Human’ aspect of interpersonal relationships.

Where to find him:  

Other than an extraordinary LinkedIn profile, Kyle can also be found on leadersHum where he shares his opinion on how organizations can get future-ready with skill-based recruitment.

5. Hung Lee

Top 10 recruitment thought leaders to follow in 2021 | peopleHum

Who is he:

Hung is the Curator of Recruiting Brainfood and the Co-founder and CEO of Workshape.io. He is a recruitment industry professional with over 15 years of experience as an agency recruiter, recruitment manager, internal head of talent and recruitment trainer.

Why you should follow him:

Hung, as one of the top recruitment experts is of the opinion that leaders, HR professionals and organizations need to be empathetic to employees. It is necessary to be forgiving and understand where your employees come from because everyone is trying their level best to prove themselves. That does not mean leaders should tolerate bad behaviour in the professional space. By getting priorities straight and focusing on what’s important, organizations can strive to be emotionally fit. 

Where to find him:

Hung’s unique blog articles can be found on Recruiting Brainfood while his thoughts on how to make recruitment relevant can be found on leadersHum  He has a strong social media presence on LinkedIn and Twitter too. 

6. Allison Dunsmore 

Top 10 recruitment thought leaders to follow in 2021 | peopleHum

Who is she:

Allison is the Talent Programs Manager at Petco. Blending her knowledge of employer brand, recruitment marketing, and talent attraction with her MS in HR Management, she focuses on recruitment and brand strategies, retention and brand reputation, social media curation, along with digital advertising and communications! 

Why you should follow her:

Allison is one among the top recruitment influencers, who believes that it is easy to want a diverse and inclusive workforce but challenging to execute work processes that integrate a diverse workforce. To start with, HR professionals need to identify the need for having diversity at work. They also need to foster a psychologically safe workplace, ensuring the diverse workforce is sharing their subjective stories, self-identifying themselves and belonging to the organization. In other words, taking the pulse of the workforce is the need of the hour. 

Where to find her:

Barring her LinkedIn profile, Allison’s opinion on effecting recruiting strategies in the world of HR can be found on leadersHum.

7. Aditya Vikram 

Top 10 recruitment thought leaders to follow in 2021 | peopleHum

Who is he:

Aditya is the Talent Acquisition Leader at Maersk. As a versatile talent advisor with over a decade of experience in hiring, he helps recruit the smartest minds across Technology, Retail, eCommerce and Shipping & Logistics globally.

Why you should follow him:

Agile recruiting as a trending phenomenon is something Aditya speaks about. While agility by way of processes is one part of agile recruiting, where setting expectations, clearly defining roles and goals are carried out, agility by way of mindset is the second part of hiring adaptability. Here, thought processes are re-shaped, employees are upskilled  and a resistant and resilient approach to work is adopted which leads to turning any adversity into an opportunity. 

Where to find him:

Alongside an interesting LinkedIn and Twitter profiles, Aditya’s talk on the different types of recruitment agility can be found on leadersHum.

8. Abhijit Puri 

Top 10 recruitment thought leaders to follow in 2021 | peopleHum

Who is he:

Abhijit is the HR head at Cuelogic Technologies. Besides this, he is also the President at HR Infotech Association (HRIA).

Why you should follow him:

Abhijit clears the misconceptions of using ‘Talent Acquisition’ and ‘Recruitment’ synonymously. He explains that the former is more inclined to fulfill the job requisition as well as enhance the career prospects of the particular candidate in question while the latter is the mode of hiring through social media platforms or employment websites and the incorporation of newer technology and other hiring paraphernalia to fulfill the function of talent acquisition. 

Where to find him:

Abhijit’s conversation on how talent acquisition differs from recruitment can be found on leadersHum. Like everyone else, he has a great LinkedIn profile too.

9. Robert Rigby-Hall

Top 10 recruitment thought leaders to follow in 2021 | peopleHum

Who is he:

Robert is the co-CEO at Woosh5 besides being a growth-focused and hands-on Human Resources partner to CEOs and Boards in startups and large company environments. He also delivers innovative HR strategies that drive business results in highly competitive, fast-paced, public and private equity-backed companies.

Why you should follow him:

Robert is one among the top 10 recruitment thought leaders believes that technology provides a very robust platform for growth in recruiting within organizations. ATS, AI and automation make it possible for HR to  leverage digitalization to improve a talent acquisition process. We are at a time when HR is witnessing a fine balance between man and machine. Although technology allows us to do more, remote working demanded a greater use of technology than ever in history. For this reason, it is best to put boundaries and have a healthy work-life alignment. 

Where to find him:

In addition to LinkedIn, Robert’s website - DRAKELOWE is one-of-its-kinds. His insights provided on the scientific approach to talent acquisition can be found on leadersHum

10. Achyut Menon

Top 10 recruitment thought leaders to follow in 2021 | peopleHum

Who is he:

Achyut is the Managing Director at Options Executive Search Pvt Ltd. He is also an Executive Search Specialist for returning Indians and helps companies hire the talent they cannot find themselves. 

Why you should follow him:

Achyut cannot stress more on the fact that the focus has shifted from the employer to the employee in the corporate world. It is organizations who need top talent and not the other way round. For this reason, the onus is on businesses to have a compelling reason for candidates to come and work in their company. Moreover, a healthy and sustainable organizational culture that has its values in place is imperative for employee engagement and retention. 

Where to find him:

Achyut’s LinkedIn profile is impressive along with his Twitter handle. His take on how to strike the right balance between humans and machines at the workplace can be found on leadersHum.

What a thrill it was to go through each of the top 10 recruitment thought leaders and how they uniquely contribute to the ocean of Human Resources. With years of experience in recruitment that has landed them in this prestigious list, one thing’s clear for sure: You might be able to take these professionals out of HR, but you can never take HR out of these professionals!

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Comments

A very inspiring list. Thanks for putting this together

Sneha

October 25, 2021

This is such a great list of women leaders! More power to you all

Vanessa

October 25, 2021