Don’t Post and Pray, Give Thanks Instead

Holland Dombeck McCue Holland Dombeck, HR, HR Technology, HR Vendors, Recruiting, Social Media and Talent, Social Networking, Social Recruiting

Thanksgiving is just as much about gratitude as it is about tradition, football, and turkey. On a personal level, I am grateful my health, financial security, family and freedom. On a professional level, I am truly grateful for – and in awe of – the uptick in generosity in the recruiting and employment branding community this year, and wanted to take a moment to give some much-deserved thanks.

HROS (Open Source HR)

Finding a blog post on recruiting is easy, finding relevant and timely information packaged in a clean and digestible way, however, is not. Taking a hat tip from the software engineering community, Lars Schmidt and Ambrosia Vertesi worked this year to establish a framework to change the way information is exchanged between HR / recruiting shops, with the sole intent of advancing the industry as a whole. The HROS initiative has created an archive of best practices, custom case studies and concrete examples of ways you can take action and make an impact – because someone before you already has and they have shared their steps to success and failures.

Thank you Lars, Ambrosia and the companies that have already contributed to HROS!


Social is noisy. There are too many channels to keep up with and every algorithm tweak seems to filter out the content you want and filter in the content you have to deal with to keep using the platform for free. Over the last couple of years, I’ve shifted my attention away from my standard feeds and have begun participating in just a handful of micro-communities.

A micro-community is a small, independent network of people who focused around a shared exchange forum – think Twitter chats, closed Facebook groups, or even a standing email thread. Members can start discussions, share content, and connect, all under the banner of a similar interest. The value in these communities is the willingness for members to share, consult and debate in a safe forum. When compared to other information outlets, micro-communities allow participants to advance past content that is simply pushed out for consumption, and are, in my eyes, one of the best resources for someone to grow and flex their knowledge in a given area.

Thank you Josh Schwede and Susan Strayer LaMotte for letting me join your community, and thank you to all of micro-community organizers out there!

Conference Live Streaming

Conferences are expensive AF. I am not saying the price tag isn’t worth the experience, but rather acknowledging the fact that attendee dollars are either 1) not considered in budget planning at most companies, and 2) attendee dollars are probably one of the first things cut when thinning budgets. My team is lucky enough to be able to send 3-5 attendees to a few major events, but that still leaves about 160 people back at the office having to absorb the information secondhand, if at all. Conference live streams allow typical non-attendees to learn firsthand about product releases, gain practitioner insights and best practices, and connect with their peers in a temporary micro-community through the conference hashtag.

We streamed three conferences this year from our corporate and field offices and the level of participation and engagement was remarkable. Instead or taking a back seat, I found our team sharing reactions and riffing off presentations in real-time, sending emails and texts to live attendees to set up deeper discovery meetings and connecting with peers on social outside of their typical bubble. Small potatoes for you frequent flyers, big impact for those who rarely get to the leave the trenches. (see image below!)

talent connect

Thank you vendors; you only deserve half the headaches we practitioners send your way!

Don’t post and pray this holiday season; dig into these resources and remember to give thanks where thanks are due. What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

FOT Note: This post is sponsored by the good folks at, who care so much about the world of recruiting and human resources that they’ve become an annual sponsor at FOT.  Here’s where it gets good: As part of the CareerBuilder sponsorship, FOT contributors get to write anything we want on a monthly basis, and CareerBuilder doesn’t get to review it.  We’re also doing a monthly podcast called the “Post and Pray Podcast,” which is also sponsored by CareerBuilder.  Good times.