The Talent Management Blog Power Rankings 2.0 [Sponsored by FOT and the HR Capitalist]

We're back at it again, folks. Fistful of Talent is pleased to unveil the second round of our Talent Management Blog Power Rankings. We looked at 115 Talent, HR and Recruiting-related blogs and have compiled our list of the very best. Check out the original Poll Methodology here (but note we looked at more blogs this time around and the lineup of folks ranking the blogs has changed slightly).

Additionally, all pollsters (click for profiles – Jessica Lee, Maren Hogan, Kelly Dingee, JenniferFot_poster_top25 McClure, Jason Pankow, Josh Letourneau, Paul Hebert and Kris Dunn) selflessly gave up the right to have their blogs considered for ranking since they are pollsters.  That means we can't vote for eachother either. 

Here are our top 25 which we believe represent the best of the talent/recruiting/HR/human capital blogs (and welcome to those new to the top 25, italicized!):

Ranking/Blog Name (Power Rating, Last Poll Ranking)

1.    cheezhead™ (Power Index Rating – 120 | 1st Place Votes – 3 | Last Poll Ranking – #10)
2.    The Recruiter Guy (Power Index Rating – 79 | 1st Place Votes – 1 | Last Poll Ranking – N/A)
3.    Jim Stroud's The Recruiters Lounge (Power Index Rating – 78 | 1st Place Votes – 3 | Last Poll Ranking – #1)
4.    Compensation Force (Power Index Rating – 66 | Last Poll Ranking – #4)
5.    Personal Branding Blog – Dan Schawbel (Power Index Rating – 62 | Last Poll Ranking – #23)
6.    Your HR Guy (Power Index Rating – 54 | Last Poll Ranking – N/A)
7.    Amybeth Hale – Research Goddess  (Power Index Rating – 41 | Last Poll Ranking – #16)
8.    All Things Workplace (Power Index Rating – 38 | Last Poll Ranking – #3)
9.    Employee Evolution (Power Index Rating – 35 | Last Poll Ranking – N/A)
10.  Great Leadership (Power Index Rating – 34 | Last Poll Ranking – #9)
11.  Learn @ Trizle (Power Index Rating – 30 | Last Poll Ranking – N/A)
12.  TalentMash by Kristin Gissarro (Power Index Rating – 29 | Last Poll Ranking – 22)
       Andy Headworth's Sirona Says (Power Index Rating – 29 | Last Poll Ranking – N/A)
14. (Power Index Rating – 28 | Last Poll Ranking – N/A)
       Evil HR Lady (Power Index Rating – 28 | Last Poll Ranking – #5)
16.  Marketing (Power Index Rating – 27 | Last Poll Ranking – #21)
17.  HR Bartender (Power Index Rating – 26 | Last Poll Ranking – N/A)
18.  Three Star Leadership Blog (Power Index Rating – 26 | Last Poll Ranking – N/A)
19.  Ask a Manager (Power Index Rating – 23 | Last Poll Ranking – #16)
20.  Seth Godin (Power Index Rating – 24 | Last Poll Ranking – #7)
21.  The Business of Management (Power Index Rating – 24 | Last Poll Ranking – #15)
22.  JibberJobber Blog (Power Index Rating – 23 | Last Poll Ranking – N/A)
       Punk Rock HR (Power Index Rating – 23 | Last Poll Ranking – N/A)
24.  TalentedApps (Power Index Rating – 22 | Last Poll Ranking – N/A)
25.  Social Media Headhunter (Power Index Rating – 21 | Last Poll Ranking – N/A)

Also Receiving VotesJon Ingham's Strategic HCM Blog, Cloud Recruiting – Michael Marlatt, Success Factors, Freakonomics: The Hidden Side of Everything, Louise's UK Recruiter Blog, People Shark, Workplace Prof Blog, The Job Lounge, HireStrategies Talent Technology Blog, The Enlightened Manager, Employment Digest, Digital Roam: The Back of the Napkin, The HR Cafe, Cybersleuthing, Brazen Careerist by Penelope Trunk, HR Observations, KnowHR Blog, @Work, Find + Attract, McArthur's Rant, Manager's Sandbox, Social Media Explorer, Find Your Metrics that Matter, The Human Capitalist, Tom Peters! Blog, Jason Seiden, Fortify Your Oasis, The Future of Work, Recruiting Fly Blog, Suits In The WorkPlace, Knowledge Infuser, SittingXlegged, systematicHR, Harvard Biz Review's Bob Sutton, Consultant's Corner, The Contented Cow Blog, Totally Consumed

The leaders at the top of the board are a bit different from the last round of rankings with cheezhead™ taking the top spot and The Recruiter Guy making a big debut at #2. You may also notice that a few folks are missing from the original rankings, notably, which took #2 last time.

On the cheezhead front, I would venture to guess that many of us are digging some of the site's new writers including Vanessa Dennis, who joined over the summer. Vanessa has brought top notch reporting and writing on technology, the labor market and all things related to talent acquisition to cheezhead. And as for The Recruiter Guy, well, who doesn't like Chris Hoyt? In retrospect, it was a little surprising that he didn't make the cut the first time around, so we're happy to see him getting the accolades he deserves with this round of rankings. And if you aren't familiar with him already, we think you'll like him too. Definitely check him out.

On the front, we collectively decided to take the "big boys" out of the running that have individual blogs hosted within their sites (sorry,, that includes you). Despite loving the work of, we felt it made more sense to stick to rating individual blogs/contributors rather than looking at those sites in totality. (So Wheeler, Sullivan et al – start your own blogs, will ya?)

No doubt, the list of blogs also receiving votes will grow with time, as will the number of blogs we evaluate, since there is a lot of amazing talent out there… and we see this as a good thing. Linking to all of your blogs is hell, but you know what? We're thankful to be part of such a vibrant community – and we're glad to have y'all keeping us on our toes with our own writing. Keep blogging…

FOT Background Check

Jessica Lee
Jessica Lee is a VP of TA at Marriott International where she leads a team that enables the company to think big, broad and boldly about all things talent acquisition and in effect, keeps them relevant and ahead of the curve in how they attract and acquire top talent. Don't be fooled by that fancy pants title and description though, she's still an everyday HR gal in the trenches at the core. SPHR certified, a decade and a half into trench HR life... she can whip up a corrective action plan or source for your purple squirrel in a heartbeat. Talk to Jessica via EmailLinkedInTwitter or Facebook... See Jessica's riffs and rants on Fistful of Talent here...


  1. Great list! Looks like I’ve got some more reading to do!

  2. Hey, thanks for taking the time to put this list together, it’s always an honor to be included in a list like this, with all the biggies. And I agree, Vanessa has really added to Cheezhead’s blog 🙂

  3. What an honor for HR Bartender to be included among this prestigious list of bloggers. Thanks to the FOT team for their hard work. Cheers!

  4. Ann Bares says:

    Thanks, Team FOT, for dedicating the time and energy to giving us this list – how cool to be included with such a fantastic collection of blogs. Congrats to all listed and receiving votes!

  5. Joshua Kahn says:

    Nice work Chris, congrats on the #2. Gonna be tough to knock out the 800 lb gorilla methinks…
    glad to have gotten a vote or two.

  6. Kudos on keeping this going as well as the inclusion again this year. It’s a treat to be associated with everyone involved here.
    It’s also a good reason to update the RSS reader…

  7. Jeff McCord says:

    Great job! Go recruiters! Very proud of these blogs…
    My “Use Twitter to get a job” post has been wildly successful as well – check it out and feel free to share thoughts!

  8. Peter Gold says:

    Seth Godin! You sure he should be on THIS list?

  9. Lance Haun says:

    Wow, going from the honorable mention category to #6? You guys must have the same computers as the BCS (wait, I think that joke has been used…). Thanks!

  10. Amybeth says:

    Thanks you guys 🙂 BTW, you spelled my name wrong again 🙂 small b!

  11. Wow, what an honor! Fantastic news to hear.

  12. Good list. Appreciate the ranking of’s Blog at #14. It inspires us to try even harder for your rankings next year. Keep up the great with your own informative blogging. – Mark Willaman, Founder,

  13. Mark Bennett says:

    Thank you very much for voting for us! We’re honored and will work to live up to your endorsement.

  14. RecruiterGuy says:

    I’m honored to be part of such a great list of blogs. What a fantastic collection of good advice, knowledge, experience, and thought provoking writings. I can’t wait to see the next update!
    Congrats to everyone listed here – each blog is a fantastic resource to have in our virtual toolboxes.
    Chris Hoyt
    aka: RecruiterGuy

  15. Dan McCarthy says:

    Thanks, FOT, for putting this together and including Great Leadership. I’m honored to be associated with such a talented group of bloggers.

  16. What an awesome round-up and great selections. My reading list has just grown a little more.

  17. Jessica Lee says:

    thanks all for being part of the community. we are honored to share the space with you.
    peter… about Seth Godin? well, that’s the beauty of the ranking process. we all vote from different places and with different contexts. there are some who like more general social media, marketing or business-centric blogs because it helps to view the hr/recruiting world with a different lens. i suspect as more hr/recruiting bloggers join the game, and as we are exposed to them or others who just have stayed in the frays, folks like Seth may drop in the rankings… but we’ll see! a good writer and thought leader is hard to ignore though! thanks for stopping by.

  18. A big thank you for the votes, it means a lot to me! It is great to be in such awesome blogging company, especially with so many great blogs around.

  19. Nice list, but it seems to be very US centric was that intended or did it just happen?

  20. Gautam says:

    Nice. And I agree with Michael. Would have loved to know how would have stacked up

  21. jessica lee says:

    michael and gautam – thanks for stopping by. ’tis true, all of the pollsters are US based and a majority of the blogs we reviewed are also US based bloggers. i wouldn’t say it was an intention by any means… but those bloggers are the ones on our radar presently. however, our UK colleagues Jon Ingham and Louise Triance are bloggers we certainly read and received votes in the process… so it isn’t entirely exclusive! continue to join in on the conversations we’re having here on Fistful of Talent, and we’ll be sure to do the same with your blogs… and who knows what might happen in the future with the rankings. to be sure, the top 25 won’t be static.

  22. Chris Young says:

    Great collection Kris and the FOT Gang!
    Thanks for putting this list together as I’ve found a number of new blogs to add to my regular reading list.
    I’ve also shared your list with my readers in my weekly Rainmaker ‘Fab Five’ blog picks of the week ( to help them broaden their talent management reading horizons.
    Thanks again!

  23. Great list – I know what I’ll be doing for the rest of the week. I hope you can consider including The Productivity Blog in your next list:

  24. Frank Viarra says:

    Being new to the blogging world, this list is just what I was looking for. Thanks so much for the effort!

  25. Sarah says:

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

  26. Erik says:

    For next year, please consider the Productivity Blog –

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    This is a very good list,I like the you have it set up also.thanks for taking the time to compile it.

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    Good list. and i appreciate the ranking !;)

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