Meet Maren Hogan – Covering Recruiting and Gen Y for Fistful of Talent…

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Maren Hogan is a millennial living the dream in Omaha, Nebraska.  When she’s not plotting the downfall of Gen Xer’s like me, she’s doing marketing and development for an IT recruiting and outsourcing firm called HCI.   When she’s not at HCI, she’s blogging at Big O Recruiting and becoming addicted to Twitter…

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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’m Maren and well, I frequently misuse industry words and confuse concepts that most people wouldMaren know by now, so it’s pretty much a given that you’ll feel smart whenever. It’s a way to get your TMZ fix while still convincing your boss you’re reading HR crap. Plus, I put in loads of links and often pretend I’m writing with an accent.

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

I’m in the Midwest, which means Omaha, NE. I’m the managing partner of business development for HCI, which is a recruiting and consulting firm. My job is to meet with clients, assess their talent needs and design a strategy to meet those needs. I also do some sourcing for our recruiting department when we’re busy.

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

Well, I GOT into this game via marriage. Both my father in law and my husband recruit and asked me to come home and do their marketing and development. When I started to meet with candidates, I realized what an important job this is. Now I can’t get enough.

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?

Wow. Well, since i have never been to a baseball game, pro or no, I will go with a playlist. . .to include: California Lovin, Walkin on Sunshine, Brown Eyed Girl and Many the Miles. I choose those because I love them and always have. And if I was walking out into a crowded stadium, I’d need songs to pump ME up, not the crowd!

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?

Dun. "Another one bites the dust". It so obvious.

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 use the word "irregardless".

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

Well, I think she’s pretty busy, but it will be and always has been Julia Roberts. Love her, love her, LOVE her. Plus, when my hair was curly I got a lot of that. But my dad would say Natalie Portman.

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

Les Miserables, She’s Come Undone, The Bible (not necessarily in that order)..

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

Dang Kris, you are all up in the marketing speak. Okay, Steel Magnolias, Empire Records, Tommy Boy. But this is not fair, I hardly ever see movies more than once.

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

2Pac. For all the standard reasons. Gender Equality, breaking down racial stereotypes, his sweet bandanna.

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

My first car was a Dodge Colt. It was a stick, which I didn’t know how to drive when I bought it. It was red, which is so me but kind of the not that hot, sort of faded red, which is also so me. Something a little off. Also, it was killer with gas, which suits me because I am cheap.


See Maren’s Rants and Riffs on Fistful of Talent by clicking here

Kris Dunn

Kris Dunn is a Partner and CHRO at Kinetix, a national RPO firm for growth companies headquartered in Atlanta. He’s also the founder Fistful of Talent (founded in 2008) and The HR Capitalist (2007) – and has written over 70 feature columns at Workforce Management magazine. Prior to his investment at Kinetix, Kris served in HR leadership roles at DAXKO, Charter and Cingular. In his spare time, KD hits the road as a speaker and gives the world what it needs – pop culture references linked to Human Capital street smarts.