Happy belated Thanksgiving (at least for those of us celebrating the holiday in the U.S.)! We hope you are relaxing, maybe doing some shopping today and stimulating the economy, if not that… perhaps you're just now waking up from the tryptophan/turkey induced slumber which commenced yesterday after you gorged out on a Thanksgiving feast. Don't ya love Thanksgiving? For me, it's my all-time favorite holiday of the year. It's one of the least commercial holidays of the year (save the Black Friday, post-Thanksgiving madness)… with such a simple premise – getting together to sit down and eat and give thanks.
Sappy me always gets reflective around Thanksgiving – and one thing I've thought about and am super thankful for is the community we've become a part of through Fistful of Talent. There's the folks who write for FOT (nothing but love for you guys), there are the fellow bloggers we have grown to call friends (you prolific, deep thinking suckers – dang, it's hard to keep up with you!), and then there's you, the readers. We're honestly honored that you come back day after day to read our musings, that you are willing to challenge us when you disagree, and that you're supportive of us when we share the challenges we're facing. Even more cool though is when you look to us for advice or guidance on the issues you're facing as you're down in the dirty HR and recruiting trenches. Sometimes, it's hard to remember what it was like pre-FOT! For real. I know, sounds cheesy, but you guys have been an amazing source of community for me.
So, thank you for being there. And to extend the community beyond the blog, if you happen to be spending time online during this holiday weekend, please join us on the interwebs on Facebook! We've started a fledgling Facebook page for FOT and are excited to connect with y'all in another space. Join us there to gain previews of what's on tap on the blog every week, or to connect with some of our writers… and who knows what else! We know you're on Facebook playing recruiting anyways, so come connect with us on our page!
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.