I am not America’s HR lady.
America’s HR lady is actually Robin Schooling.
But one of the unique things about my company is that I offer HR for human resources professionals. From talking CEOs and CHROs off the ledge to working with learning teams to win the support of their colleagues, my job has evolved into something that’s unique.
I am part coach, part marketing professional and part older sister.
There are lots of complaints that HR doesn’t do social media and that Twitter is full of HR consultants and vendors. That might be true in 2010, but I have met a ton of human resources professionals in 2014 who are online. I have also gained a ton of followers on Twitter who work directly in human resources. Let me introduce you to a few accounts.
Kevin Fries is @kwfry, and he’s a volunteer leader at SHRM. Check out his tweets about work, family and travel. Pretty fun.
— Kevin Fries (@kwfry) November 23, 2014
Sophie Lepercq is @SophieLepercq at JC Deaux. JCDecaux Group is a multinational corporation based in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, France, known for its bus-stop advertising systems, billboards, public bicycle rental systems, and street furniture. In my life, they are known for Southpoint Mall where I go buy stuff from Lululemon.
JCDecaux recrute un Payroll / HR Officer. Intéressé(e)? N’hésitez pas à me contacter par email email@example.com …
— Sophie Lepercq (@SophieLepercq) September 2, 2014
Caitriona Staunton is @caitstaunton. She is the APAC Recruiting Lead for Atlassian in Sydney. Atlassian is an Australian enterprise software company that develops products geared towards software developers and project managers. She is new to Twitter but seems to be getting it right.
Bronwyn Hall is @HallBronwyn. She is the HR Manager for Asia Pacific and Orion Health. I’ve met her in real life. She is my height, hilarious and fierce.
Zombie attack training at Orion Health! A key part of any H&S training programme. t.co/Wm3lGBILqt
— Bronwyn Hall (@HallBronwyn) November 20, 2014
Jill Kaiyalethe is @JillRecruiter. She is a recruiter at Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis. Her account is a mix of employer brand advocacy, topical articles, and pictures to make her profile very real! Good job.
Karen Crone is @klcrone, also known as the CHRO of Paycor. Wonder if a CHRO tweets? Maybe she has a team to support her, but these tweets feel real to me.
— Karen Crone (@klcrone) November 7, 2014
Candice Winter is @Candice_Winter, and she works as a talent acquisition leader for Truven Health Analytics, a leader in delivering unbiased information, analytic tools, benchmarks, services, and related expertise to the healthcare industry.
Everyone has quirks and weaknesses. Does the value they bring outweigh them? Great question I was asked early on. — CandiceW (@Candice_Winter) November 14, 2014
Jackie Ore is @jackie_ore, a recent graduate who works as a recruiter for Career XChange, a leading Florida staffing agency.
— Jacqueline Ore (@jackie_ore) November 14, 2014
Finally, there’s always Rob Jones. He is a friend, yes. More importantly, it’s not like he works for the most liberal of companies. He even puts photos in his tweets. If he can do it, what’s your excuse?
If you want to expand your global network and meet great people, the way to do this is to hop on Twitter and follow some of the great people above. Be curious. Say hello. Or simply watch and learn a little something about a different approach to HR.
And if you want to criticize HR for being slow and dull, you better be ready to defend yourself to the tens of thousands of HR professionals who follow me online. They are watching you, and they’re not going to take your criticisms lightly.