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Happy Birthday John Sumser!

Posted on September 29, 2008
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John Sumser is a trusted friend, personal mentor and a gracious advisor to He founded the innovative concept known as the “RecruitingRoadshow,” which features industry thought leaders and corporate staffing innovators across the country to share cutting edge concepts with the masses of rank and file among peers. Its progress as an impeccable brand is based his expertise in the inner workings of employment and recruiting. John is able to see and articulate how and why people work.

This is partly because John has worked a lot of jobs-from selling doughnuts door-to door, digging ditches and building railroads to corporate executive, director, editor, and CEO. He knows that making the right hiring decision requires both breadth and precision, and that finding the right person for the right job is a process that must adapt to an ever-changing marketplace.

The foundation of John’s interest in recruiting was how to use developing technology to find candidates that were inaccessible before. John was on the cutting edge of how the internet and technology affect work and recruiting. He became interested in the internet in its embryonic stages when it was known as the Well. His conversations with folks in the San Francisco Bay Area developed into a position as CEO of the Whole Earth Catalog, where he met and worked with many of the founders of Silicon Valley.

In 1995, John started his own company, Interbiznet, where he wrote a daily column on using the internet and technology for employment recruiting as well as a survey of global employment news and trends. His ideas have been the catalyst for dozens of new companies and countless MBA student papers.

John has a feature article each Friday on He also regularly consults with recruiters and employers on how to find, hire and keep the best employees, how people work, how companies and systems affect employees and how changing economies and technology alter the nature of work itself. One of John’s current areas of interest is how the cultural differences between the generations are changing the workplace. He introduced this idea last year to the top 500 employers in Canada last year where Al Gore was the warm-up act (although Mr. Gore might call it the key-note speech).

John continues to explore the importance of culture and communications through new technologies and forums like Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and blogging, all of which allow us to meet and connect with people we might not have found in another era, and perhaps say things we would never say in person. John describes his Recruiting Roadshow:

“But after more than two decades of sitting behind a computer, it is time to step out and put humans back into human resources. While it is possible to develop relationships through text messages, email and phone calls, there is still no substitute for actually meeting another person, sharing a meal and a conversation, looking people in the eye and seeing them laugh. Thus, the Recruiting Roadshow is designed to create local networks and bring people together in the same room to connect and talk in “real time,” while getting the latest insight and information on finding the right person for the job.”

“John is one of the most thoughtful and knowledgeable people I know in the recruitment/staffing industry. If you want an honest assessment of a recruitment concept, process, technology, or organizational model, I strongly recommend you talk to John. His advice and feedback is very useful. Also, on a personal level, I recommend you do what you can to establish a relationship with John. He is a natural connector, and will help you in ways that you will not immediately recognize.” October 4, 2007
Neal Bruce, former VP of Alliances, Monster

“John is our industry’s journalist of record. His remarkable output and content have educated tens of thousands of participants in the electronic recruiting ecosystem. His incisive analysis has been invaluable to me over the years. John is a gentleman of the old school. He understands the values behind reciprocity and lives by his understanding. Through his recent efforts with the Recruiting Roadshow he is positioned to move from thought leadership to market leadership. If you are starting a business in electronic recruiting count yourself fortunate if you can find a way to get on John’s radar and calendar. Over the years John has given generously of his time and his thinking. My life and my business have been enriched through my long association with John. I am honored to have him as a friend and colleague.” October 8, 2007
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2 Responses to “Happy Birthday John Sumser!”

  1. Happy bBirthday/b John Sumser! on September 29th, 2008 1:38 pm

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  2. Recruiting Animal on September 30th, 2008 8:07 am

    Hey, Papa’s birthday comes at the beginning of the Ten Days of Awe which end with the Day of Judgement.

    Here’s my salute to the grandaddy of the Recruitosphere.

    Let’s see if it works in html