What’s New?

Lately I’ve been hearing recruiters say that there isn’t anything new going on in recruiting.  I hear comments like, “It’s all the same stuff and we are all beating the same topics to death.” With all the changes and innovations that have occurred in the last ten years, can it be that we’ve now stalled?

No, I don’t think so.  I choose to think differently.  I believe it is all your perspective.

So as I pondered this idea of what’s going in on recruiting today, I thought back to when recruiting was new to me.  What I recall is that it was all about the possibilities and what we could do to make a difference.  I may have been young and hungry but there was a sense of exploration and trail blazing in everything we did.  I saw new stuff around me every day and I even created some of it myself.

There is plenty of new stuff going on out there.  It can often be found in the way different people see the same old things.  For example, I recently spoke with a client of mine who is an Engineer by trade and is now running a global recruiting function.  He has been creating new measurements for his recruiter’s performance.  He shared with me how he ties recruiter performance and candidate fit.  And he didn’t use the word, “staffing metrics,” once.  He is looking at the work like an Engineer, like his business.  See, he looked at the same old topic in a whole new way.  His story continues to evolve and gets more interesting every day.

If you don’t see anything new, maybe it’s time to create it yourself.  Or, at least it’s time to get back in love with the profession again.

Diana Meisenhelter

Diana is an alumnus of Riviera Advisors, and worked with the Riviera Advisors team from 2004-2012 as Principal Consultant.

Diana has over 25 years’ experience leading and being a strategic thinker in Talent Acquisition. She has held key corporate roles as a Managing Director and Vice President of Talent Acquisition, has had a significant experience in global consulting across many industries, including Entertainment, Gas, Financial Services, Electric and Utilities, Healthcare, Hospitality, Government, Oilfield Services, Technology and Telecommunications. She started her career as recruiter. She knows what good looks like from all levels; her passion is in helping companies identify how Talent Acquisition can implement best practices and impact and improve their business.

Most recently she led Talent Acquisition for FedEx Office. Previously, she was Vice President of Staffing and Talent Acquisition for Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and Director of Worldwide Recruitment for Westin Hotels & Resorts, She also was responsible for executive recruitment and College Relations for American General Hospitality and held corporate HR generalist roles for Embassy Suites, Inc. prior to the hospitality industry; she worked in other industries such as healthcare, IT executive search and US government support.

Diana has a Bachelor of Arts, Communications/Business Management from The University of Maryland - College Park and an Associates of Arts, European Studies, The University of Maryland - Munich Campus, Munich, Germany

She is actively engaged in the HR and TA profession and helping the profession by volunteering in key leadership roles in the community: Board of Trustees - DallasHR (local mega chapter for Society of Human Resource Management), Society of Human Resource Management, Member of profession networking groups like CareerXRoads Colloquium and The Conference Board.

Past President the DFW Staffing Management Association (previously EMA), Founding Member Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals, Board of Directors - Woman’s Business Council South West, Talent Acquisition Executive Board/The Conference, SHRM Texas State Council and the Board of Directors for the International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruitment.

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