Key Australian Influencers

John Sumser over at Recruiting Blogs is trying to find the top 100 key influencers in Recruiting, Staffing, HR, HCM and HRTech globally! A big ask I say.

John puts forward an interesting point of view:

Some people go to a lot of conferences and exert their influence through pure networking. For these folks, influence and connection are inextricably linked. They are the prime movers of the status quo. Their influence depends on stability and a modest degree of change. They are well liked and see the world as a place where being liked is an important goal.

Another group of people spend a lot of time giving talks at conferences and publishing their work online. Many of these self-promoters exert an interesting influence on the industry. Often, they are a mile wide and an inch deep as the saying goes. The object of their involvement is, pure and simple, to build their consulting business or to increase sales for their company.

There’s a third group of people who, for some reason, have the industry at heart. They don’t really work for the money (though many of them do pretty well). They find real challenge in improving the way things get done, thought about and perceived.

The last group of influencers are a little harder to notice. They are customers and practitioners who make the whole thing go around. The other three groups depend on validation, in one form or another from users and customers.

I’m looking to figure out who the 100 most influential people are across all four groups.

But this got me thinking.

Who would be on the list if it was Australia only, even a top 50 (given we are smaller than the US)? So who would be your top 5 in Australia?

Come on give me your top 5 that way we can figure out a top 100!

JobSeekr are you one?

Over the last few months one of the side projects I have been working on is JobSeekr.  The idea come about while working with Jeremy Samuel and Riges Younan on their products 2Vouch and JobGenie. While 2Vouch and JobGenie are focused on finding the best people for a role we recognised that there was not a good place for job seekers to go to learn about how to find a job. (Other than of course the multitude of job board.)

So we built JobSeekr.

The vision for JobSeekr is a little different.

The idea is that trying to find a job can be a very lonely and testing time, every job seeker needs help. JobSeekr will allow people to come together share tips and hints on how to find a job along with some specialised services. We have engaged the support of some of Australia’s top recruiters, personal branding consultants and commentators who will all be contributing content to the site.  The first two have been Ross Clennett and Dan Nuroo, with a series from Annemarie Cross coming up soon.

Right now the site contains content to help job seekers find a job, however as JobSeekr has been built on WordPress Multiuser with Buddypress it is a complete multiuser blogging platform and social network. We have the ability to provide job seekers their own blogs, arrange their own events, groups and hang out in the discussion forum.

There is lots more to do on the site (yes it is beta) but we have opened it to the public as we felt there is enough content there today to start adding value to job seekers.