Bloggers in my experience are intelligent, clever and thoughtful people (see what I did with the title? A little topical humour). We are not generally loud mouthed, ego driven ranters. At least, not in the HR space.
When I first started writing this blog nearly two years ago, I had many motivations for doing so. One of them was that no one else in the New Zealand HR profession was doing it and there was a gap to be filled. At least, that’s how it seemed at the time.
Similarly, I thought if I could do it then that might inspire a few others to jump in and write stuff too.
It occurred to me recently while going through all the HR blogs I follow and read that there is a growing list of NZ generated content that needs to be shared and celebrated.
Recently US blogger Christopher Demers, who publishes a weekly Best HR Blogs list, joked that he could do a whole one on New Zealand bloggers alone. Well, he hasn’t followed through with that yet so I have nicked his idea!
Here then, in no particular order, are the Kiwi HR/Recruitment pros who write good stuff and make me think. Follow them, read them, debate with them, cherish and encourage them. And if you are suitably inspired, join them.
Amanda is an inspiration to us all as well as a prolific and brave writer. She has her own blog which is honest and personal, and also writes for/facilitates posts on the #NZLead platform which is the best online HR resource in New Zealand if you haven’t seen it before.
Jonathan Rice – The Whiteboard @JonathanRiceNZ
Jonathan is both a top bloke and a bloody good writer. He publishes a new post week in, week out and the quality is consistently high. His writing style is a nice mix of hard hitting, humorous and smart. He is the voice of NZ recruitment and makes it all look effortless.
Vanessa Pye – Culture Change by Design @Culturechange1
A recent addition to the NZ blog roll and arguably one of the best. Vanessa’s posts are thoughtful, intelligent and full of self awareness.
Rachel Kemp – The Musings of an Internal Recruiter @RachelMouse
I haven’t yet had the pleasure of meeting Rachel in real life but I like her style. A relatively new and infrequent blogger, Rachel’s posts are always quality. Her most recent post about discovering a talented future employee while standing in line at McDonalds is inspirational and refreshingly innovative. Check it out here
Angela Atkins – HR Management Bites @Anj_Atkins
Angela is a proven writer (she’s already had two HR text books published) and is also emerging as a real leader in the profession. Her initiative in setting up the recent HR Game Changer conference was much appreciated by everyone who attended.
Vaughan Granier – Notes from the Road @vaughangranier
Like me, Vaughan is a foreigner who has found himself doing HR in Wellington. I have only recently discovered Vaughan’s blog and met him for the first time. I like his style and his most recent post on personal blind spots is well worth a read.
Kathryn Clark – HR Working Mum @Kat_C1ark
Kat describes herself as a full-time Mum who is also completing a bachelor’s degree in business (HR major of course) and who holds down a job so it’s no surprise she isn’t yet a frequent blogger. But we need the new voices as well as the experienced ones. More please.
Megan Borrie – Into the Wild @meganborrie
Another newish blogger with just two posts to her name. But she’s getting involved and writes well. Watch her closely.
Sarah Bond – Employ Me Now @EmployMeNowNZ
Sarah is a one woman whirlwind from the south island, doing her stuff in the deep south. Another no nonsense blogger who draws on her consulting experience to talk common sense.
Kylie Telford – HR Musings @KylieTelford
Yet another good writer who covers a wide range of topics and has the ability to both personalise her posts and talk a lot of sense.
Tash Pieterse – HR Workaholic @TashTasticNZ
Last but by no means least, another #NZLeader finding her way in the profession and through life. Just 25, she has wisdom beyond her years. Tash was one of the first to put herself out there and share her journey. Her posts are less frequent these days being the workaholic that she is but she’s a very accomplished writer already.
There are one or two others dipping a bit of a toe into this blogging lark and I hope others are becoming inspired to get their thoughts out into the wider world. Sorry if I’ve missed anyone important, let me know and I’ll pick you up next time.