Meet Holland Dombeck McCue

Holland Dombeck is the former the Editor turned blogger here at Fistful of Talent. She joined the group in August of 2011 and launched  FOT’s podcast, The CYA Report, and monthly webinar series.  Now she gets to participate in all the HR/talent pundit fun. Connect with her out on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Read Holland’s riffs and rants on FOT here…



1.  The elevator just closed and you’ve got 30 seconds to pitch the random reader on who you are and why they should read your rants. Go..

Oh me? I’m a blogger at Fistful of Talent. It’s this little blog about recruiting and what not. If you like HR sports analogies from white guys in their 40’s, you’ll loooveeee it!

2.  Now for the mundane – break down your location, title, company/firm and what you do for a living..

I am an Employment Branding & Digital Media Specialist for Cox Enterprises, where I am responsible developing a unified brand to the Talent Acquisition function both internally with Cox employees and externally to future talent. So it goes without saying, that the opinions shared on FOT are mine and mine alone. I wish it could go without saying, but hey, Legal runs a tight ship…

3.  One more question that everyone expects.  What’s the reason you’re in this game? (why do you do what you do?)

I got a flavor for my field at an early age through the organization DECA, which is a marketing education club for high school students, (It’s actually a goal of mine to become a DECA advisor and give back to all the kiddos one day…) and went on to major in marketing in college. By the time I finished my degree, about half of everything I learned was obsolete. Marketing evolves daily — never a dull moment, always something to learn, thus the appeal. I just happened to land in on the HR/talent/employment branding side of it thanks to my former manager and FOT founder, Kris Dunn, and I really just dig it.

4.  If you’ve ever been to a professional baseball game, you know batters from the home team get to pick their own theme music as they walk from the dugout to the plate.  If we ever have a FOT convention, what theme music will you come out to to pump the crowd up and why?

Mindspin by 311. I’m an excitable one!

5.  Let’s stick with the baseball theme.  If you’ve ever been to a pro game, you also know that the visitor doesn’t get to pick their own music.  The home team picks that for them, and it’s usually less than stellar, as a means of attempting to crush them.  If you could pick theme music for your arch-rival to walk into a conference room to, what would it be and why?

I’m a people pleaser. It’s one of my best and more aggravating qualities. With that being the case, I’m going to offer up my opponents some words of encouragement instead. They’re going to need it…

6. Finish the following sentence – “When I’m interviewing, I can tell within one minute that this thing isn’t going to work out because _________…”

They rolled their eyes when I started to whiteboard.

7. Name the actor/actress who will portray you in the movie about you. Why the heck is that a fit?

Cobie Smulders from How I Met Your Mother, playing Robin Sparkles. We share that same quirky cuteness…

8.  List three of your favorite books to pander to the educated segment of our readership…

  • Stephen King, On Writing
  • The Circle by Dave Eggers
  • A laugh-out-loud and inspiring lady bio (think Tina Fey, Amy Poehler)

9.  List three of your favorite movies to connect with the segment of our readership that doesn’t like to read…

  1. Scream/Empire Records
  2. Blow
  3. Goodfellas

10.  Let’s reach out to what remains of our readership.  Who’s your favorite Old-School Rapper and why?

The Notorious B-I-G,  son.

(How you living Holly Dombeck?) In mansion and Benzes giving ends to my friends and it feels stupendous… 

Hey, a girl can dream.

10.5.  My first car was a <blank> and here’s how it defined who I am….

Okay, we established in the last question that it wasn’t a Benz, but it was something equally large a spectacular…a 1985 Grand Marquis, with one working window and no AC.  If I had more characters, I’d tell you about getting a tint job in the dead of south Florida summer. Really the only thing spectacular about that car was 1) We were born in the same year and 2) It only cost me $100 in cash. Luckily I was able to upgrade 3 months later to a ’97 Saturn SL1 for $3K, that I drove through the better half of college and passed it down to my little brother. I started paying my way at a pretty early age and never really saw the appeal of a car payment.


Read Holland’s riffs and rants on FOT here…