Today is a special day. My friend Laurie Ruettimann started it a few years ago to honor someone who’s made a difference in the HR and recruiting industries. Laurie notes they’ve “honored good folks like Tim Sackett, Paul Hebert and Kelly Dingee.” This year, the honoree is the Recruiting Animal. When I heard the news, I jumped in to participate!
If you don’t know about Animal, you should! He runs the “greatest recruiting show on earth,” and he’s been doing it forever. He’s been podcasting since way before podcasting was “the thing to do.” When I first came on the social media scene, he was always very welcoming and supportive, and even invited me on his show. He was one of my early friends on Twitter, and one of the people who made using Twitter worthwhile for me.
My earliest memories of Animal include emails where he invited me to argue with him publicly online. He also gave me information about his research about LinkedIn for my first book.
On the outside, he’s a little….shall we say…abrasive, but he’s always there with an offer to help. In fact, Animal recently started his “good recruiter list.” He says, “There are…recruiters…working in the trenches who are good at what they do and could offer lots of good advice but they never turn up on these lists because they don’t work at creating a public profile. This Good Recruiter List is going to make them visible too.”
See, Animal is always lending a hand.
I’d share other nice exchanges I’ve had over the years, but I’m afraid Animal might yell at me for sounding too sentimental or mushy.
But, it’s safe to say he’s one of the good guys. Even though he may yell at you. He only yells because he cares.
Whether you’re a job seeker, a recruiter or anyone in the HR world, you should check out Animal and keep up with what he has to say. Look up Animal’s show and find him online…You won’t be sorry! And, please share and post about @Animal and #timsackettday. Spread the love!