Meet Laurie Ruettimann

Laurie Ruettimann is a former HR leader and an influential speaker, writer and social media expert in the Human Capital Management industry. She is also a career advisor and her work has appeared in many mainstream print publications and major news media outlets. Laurie blogs at The Cynical Girl and you can find her on twitter at @Lruettimann.

Read Laurie’s riffs and rants on Fistful of Talent 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..

I don’t pitch.

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

I am a former HR lady turned writer, speaker and marketing consultant. I write for job seekers and HCM professionals. I make money from anyone who wants to sell technology, products or services to either job seekers or HCM pros.

I live out of a suitcase but I pay a mortgage on a home in Raleigh, NC.

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

I’m not good at math. There was no other choice than to work in HR.

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? 

Headhunter by Front 242

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?

Party All the Time by Eddie Murphy. Apparently, I’m known for having a good time at HR events.

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 _________…”

I am thinking about my cats instead of the person speaking to me. This happens quite a bit.

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

Drew Barrymore. She changes her hair color as much as I do.

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

  • Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski
  • Nancy Drew: The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
  • Empire Falls by Richard Russo

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

I never see the same movie twice so I really don’t have a favorite movie. No, wait, that’s not true. I always watch Old School, Zoolander and Wedding Crashers when they are on TV.

No, wait, I lied. I also like Stepbrothers.

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

I like old-school rap just like the average middle-aged white woman; however, I am partial to the old school Chicago techno scene and Julian Jumpin’ Perez.

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

It was a 1981 Chevy Malibu. Gold. Bench seat. AM radio. Classy. The car originally belonged to my grandfather. When he passed away, I was allowed to drive it. One night, my father was giving me the business about being a punk kid. He threatened to take away the car.

I said, “You know what? You can have it.”

There’s a lesson in here for Gen Y kids: nothing in life is free. When you take stuff from your parents, they have a right to weigh in on your life. Don’t like it? Buy your own dang car.

So my first car that I owned was a used Honda Accord with 100,000 miles. But it was in my name.


Read Laurie’s riffs and rants on Fistful of Talent  here…