Top 50 HR & Recruiting bad asses in APAC featuring – Hassanah Rudd

Hello fellow HR and Recruiting professionals, visitors to the series with an interest in our profession, newcomers and everyone else.

If you are new to this series you can catch up here.

The rest of you will know by now that, I am doing this to lift the profile of people in our industry that are doing great work, and so I am not going to write any more here.

What I will do though, is talk about something really special that happened out of America yesterday and quickly went global.

#RTOK was everywhere on twitter yesterday, and while I was super busy and did not actually get a chance to participate (yet) I caught up on it much later in the night.

It is/was an initiative from Lars Schmidt of Amplify Talent and to explain, it is easier to quote him directly from his blog.

Last year I tried an experiment called “Random Tweets Of Kindness“. The concept was rather simple. I spent one-day recognizing people who had an impact on me in some way. Many of them helped or inspired me personally. Others were people whose work or style I admired. Most were having a positive impact on their field, freely sharing their knowledge and expertise.

Well done Lars, I absolutely loved this and also what you are doing in general and from this side of the world we tip our hats to you.


Someone whom also has as much passion for our industry and the betterment of it is #32 on the list

Of course this is the effervescent Hassanah Rudd.

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She is someone I met for the first time at one of Rice Consulting’s #RicePowWow meetups.

I was instantly drawn to her as we chatted about the betterment of our industry and our passion for actually doing good and not just doing it for the money.

Of course after sobering up the next day after what i remember was way too many Jägerbombs, I started my mission to hire her in my team. (for my previous employer)

So when I booked an interview with her I was pretty elated. As it turned out her husband got a job offer in Sydney in the time between booking this interview and her coming in.

Now, I could not let her go that easy and so I introduced her to our CEO in Australia. Of course they hit it off and Hassanah was offered a role not in my team, though on a peer level to me and I was delighted. Together we worked our ass off to change a recruitment agency business that was considered an ostrich with its head in the sand unaware of the changes taking place around it. She did a fantastic job and I absolutely loved working with her, everyday being inspired by her and the vast amount of learnings she offered everyone in the company.

So grab your coffee and take 5 minutes to enjoy some insight into ‘HRudd’ below

Hassanah, what do you do in the HR/Recruiting scene?

I’ve just taken the move In House after 20+ years on the dark side. I head recruitment for Fletcher Building in Australia and absolutely loving it!


Why/How did you get into the industry?

Years ago in the UK I worked for the Job Centre in Oxford and we had a lot of temp roles coming in, mainly from agency. The system back then was so slow, that from the role being called in, to the job being listed on our boards it could take 3 days or more. So I set up a temp desk to bypass that and look after all the temp roles. All the agencies I dealt with kept telling me I should be in Recruitment so when I moved to NZ that’s the role I went for…and never left.

I am now a complete recruiter tragic..

What is something we don’t know about you?

I adore Military History and have book cases full of them. When people come round to my house the blokes peruse the shelves and always turn to my husband to ask about them. He then has to tell them, that no, they are not his but his weirdly obsessed wife.

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Which people inspire you globally?

There are so many it’s difficult to choose a few. I’d have to say Bill Boorman, most people know him, but do not miss an opportunity to actually meet him, he’s fantastic and I love the way he challenges us to look at recruiting differently. Michael Carty in the UK – he’s a fab guy as well as being effectively the HR wikipedia – He curates fascinating blogs and information for his followers. Matt Charney for the story telling (and snark), Damon Klotz – you have to see the stuff he’s been doing! Andy Headworth, Will Staney, Perry Timms, Gem Ruecroft, Christopher DeMers, Neil Morrison…ok I best stop…it’s a long list.


What about companies then, which inspire you globally?

Atlassian & Vend for having great cultures and really opening the door to who they are. It’s also nice to see tech companies down here going global. And my own – Fletcher Building, we are not cool tech, but man we do good stuff and it’s full with really awe inspiring people.

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What advice would you give someone looking to enter this industry?

It is the best job in the world & if you love the roller coaster of life there is nothing better. What we do as Recruiters makes a real impact on people’s lives and the success of organisations. It’s a job you should be proud of.

It’s not always easy, not by a long shot! And you have to be pretty resilient. But if you soak up all the knowledge you can get and continue to learn every day it really is a great profession to get into.

Choose companies that really invest in training and places you can be mentored by good recruiters. That’s important when you are starting out.

What is your favourite drink?

Mt Difficulty Pinot Noir & Moet

What are you currently reading?

A World Gone Social by Ted Coine & Mark Babitt, HR From Now to Next by Jason Averbrook & The latest Jeremy Clarkson book I picked up at the airport recently.

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Why do you love the HR and Recruiting industry?

The impact we make..it’s under estimated and it shouldn’t be. I also love the HR/Rec community on Social, I learn so much each day and the sharing that goes on is wonderful.


Who would be top 5 on your list?

Richard Westney, Amanda Sterling, everyone in the earlier question..which is cheating I know. Also my boss Keith Muirhead…(just don’t tell him else he’ll think I’m sucking up)

But he’s a great Recruiting leader who fly’s a little under the radar.

Thank-you Hassanah, always a pleasure. Monday morning we are back with someone I can hand on heart say is an amazing recruiter and also fly’s under the radar. I know this as I work with her (Vanessa Payne) everyday.

Have a great friday everyone and tell someone they are awesome if they deserve it.

You my readers are most definitely awesome…. #RTOK

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