Q & A with Sharlyn Lauby: The Recruiter’s Handbook: A Complete Guide for Sourcing, Selecting, and Engaging the Best Talent #SHRM18



Those who know me know I am a book nerd/book-a-holic. ... I collect books of all types from Civil War histories, cookbooks on grilling and smoking, mysteries, and, finally, books on HR and related subjects. I have been involved with the SHRMStore as a volunteer for over 10 years. I count many authors of HR-related books as friends, and one of my favorites is Sharlyn Lauby. She has published three books on HR, each one better than the last.

Her most recent is The Recruiter’s Handbook: A Complete Guide for Sourcing, Selecting, and Engaging the Best Talent. While Sharlyn is not speaking at SHRM18 (a rarity), her book is available in the SHRMStore, and she will be there as a member of the SHRM18 Blog Squad. I am sure if you purchase the book and run into her, she would be gracious enough to sign it for you.

What key highlights would an HR practitioner gain from reading your book? Why do you think that?

Unemployment is low, and finding the best talent is challenging. As a result, I know several HR professionals who are being asked to redesign their recruiting process. And the best way to do that is by starting with a good foundation.

My book is focused on providing an overview of the entire recruiting process. HR professionals can use it to build or redesign their process. They can also take advantage of the tips and resources at the end of each chapter to move their recruiting function to the next level.

What made you decide to write this book?

For the majority of my career, I’ve been an HR generalist. At one point, my vice president asked me to lead the company’s recruiting function. Honestly, I thought it was punishment. I knew very little about recruiting—except interviewing. It wasn’t until I got the job that I realized how much strategy goes into recruiting.

I wrote The Recruiter’s Handbook because it’s the book I wish someone had given me when I was managing talent acquisition.

What is a book you’d recommend, other than your own, that HR folks would benefit from? It doesn’t have to be a straight HR book.

I’m an instructor for the SHRM seminar on Talent Acquisition: Creating Your Organization’s Strategy. I recommend to everyone these three books:

Defining HR Success: 9 Critical Competencies for HR Professionals

A Manager’s Guide to Developing Competencies in HR Staff: Tips and Tools for Improving Proficiency in Your Reports

Developing Proficiency in HR: 7 Self-Directed Activities for HR Professionals (Making an Impact in Small Business)

Are there any speakers you recommend that attendees see at SHRM18 and why? 

There are so many great sessions at SHRM’s Annual Conference & Exposition. Here are a few favorites of mine:

I find Mike Aitken’s Legislative Update—right before the general session on Sunday—very informative. It’s always a packed room, so get there early.

I’m also a fan of early-morning sessions. The speakers are fabulous. I know it can be hard to get up early, but I make it a point to find my morning caffeinated beverage and attend.

Last, but certainly not least, I find some time to hang out at the Smart Stage. I like the shorter sessions. Speakers get straight to the point. Great takeaways!

What is your can’t-miss recommendation for Chicago, other than the conference, of course?

Chicago has something for everyone. It’s one of the best things about the city. Of course, I’ll be looking for a good cheeseburger … Au Cheval is a favorite of mine.



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