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Holland Dombeck: Harlem Shake Purist

Holland Dombeck

What are you most looking forward to about #HRFL13?  

I’m most looking forward to having actual conversations with the people in the HR community. When you live behind a social media wall it’s easy to get tunnel vision on your opinion of a topic and tune out those that may disagree with you. Having those face-to-face conversations forces you to defend or even reevaluate your thoughts on a particular subject. I’ve also heard the Tuesday Night Beach Bash is to not be missed…

Which blog do you read most often?

I’m the Editor over at Fistful of Talent, so it’s a given that I read our team’s content on a daily basis. However, I am not a pure play HR gal, so I frequent a few non-industry blogs as well. My top reads to stay up to date on social media trends are Heidi Cohen and Jeff Bullas. I also frequent the Social Pros Podcast from the team at Convince and Convert, but more often than not I just stumble upon new reads via Twitter.

Which social media platform or application is your favorite?

If I was asked this question four years ago my answer would have been Facebook hands down. Facebook is my email. My connection to my friends, family and my source for keeping tabs on businesses I frequent and shows I watch. But today my answer is Twitter. Hashtags are your breadcrumbs to a wealth of knowledge and idea exchange in any focus.

How did your HR career start? If you could trade jobs with anyone, who would it be and why?

I was recruited into my current role by a member of our team. I didn’t know it at the time, but she really sold me on our company’s employment brand.  Between that initial conversation about Kinetix and my first week with the bunch at FOT, I was hooked on HR. If I could swap roles with anyone in the space it would be Jessica Lee. Jessica is the Director of Digital Talent Strategy for Marriot International and has made significant waves in optimizing the brand’s digital presence to the talent community. At such a young age, her resume is something to be admired.Harlem Shake

What is your favorite internet meme? What do you think that says about you?

The Harlem Shake… the REAL Harlem Shake. That’s right, I’m a Harlem Shake purist. I’m not sure what my pick says about me specifically, but I would say that the Harlem Shake highlights the level of world connectivity social media can offer; what started as a few kids joking around in Queensland, turned into a global sensation literally overnight. I’m also a big fan of those Willy Wonka one-liners and slightly inappropriate, but always true, someecards. Why? I just enjoy a good laugh.

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  1. I honestly cannot wait to get to rub elbows with this year’s social technology team. What an awesome group of people. Holland…a Harlem Shake purist eh? We may have to require a demonstration at some point during the conference! Looking forward to meeting you Holland!

    1. Looking forward to meeting you as well, Stephen! My Harlem Shake is a little rusty… it’s been sine 1998 that I’ve used those sweet moves.

  2. What a great social tech team we are going to have this year. Thanks for the intro on yourself Holland. Yes, you are correct….the Tuesday party is not to be missed!!

    1. Thanks, Shannon! The band lined up looks fantastic! Should be a fun night of Jimmy Buffet sing-alongs…

  3. I am a total neophyte when it comes to Social Media, despite a personal FB page and a LinkedIn account. Twitter completely flummoxes me! A workshop would be very cool, if not 2013, perhaps 2014.

  4. Joni – would love to help you out on the floor! Let’s plan to circle up. Can’t wait to meet you!

  5. Joni,

    Come meet any of the Social Tech Team at the HR Florida booth in the Expo hall and we’ll be glad to give you a demo & get you set up.

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