Laureen Kautt

Laureen Kautt, BCC (with additional Career Coach designation), is a global talent acquisition executive experienced in creating and building talent acquisition functions for organizations through creating vision, driving strategy, and delivering solutions. By translating her decades of agency recruitment experience to corporate, Laureen grew the global talent acquisition function for a $1 billion legal technology firm from 4 to 28 over a 6-year period, leading and delivering recruitment practices and strategies in North America, EMEA, and APAC. Laureen is also the founder and principal coach of Volitionary Movement, LLC, where she is engaged for individual, group, and corporate coaching and consulting. She is certified in strategic intervention coaching methods and strategies from the Robbins-Madanes Training in Strategic Intervention Coaching.

Inside Recruiting August 16, 2021
Confessions of a Corporate Talent Acquisition Leader: The Great Job Exodus of 2021

Oh, these pandemic times. Throughout much of 2020, many of us were looking for ways to remain steady in an uncertain world, believing we would eventually find our lost certainty once again. But like Jack in the movie Titanic, no matter how much we begged, the old world couldn't hang on forever. The way it was will no longer be the way it is. It's time for us to accept that. The reality...

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Inside Recruiting November 9, 2020
Confessions of a Corporate Talent Acquisition Leader: Agency Versus In-House Recruitment? In 2021and Beyond, It's a Partnership.

It's the question of the century: Is it better to partner with an agency or rely on an in-house recruitment function? Having played in both worlds, I wanted to share my perspective. I got into the recruitment industry back when it was considered an arm of consulting and in-house recruitment didn't really exist. We partnered with business leaders, assisted them with the ups and downs of...

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Inside Recruiting July 15, 2020
Confessions of a Corporate Talent Acquisition Leader: How Do You Recruit the Recruiters?

How an organization approaches recruitment is foundational to its success. If you are a talent acquisition leader, you understand this. An organization that aligns its recruiting process with the business itself will drive powerful hiring results, but companies with immature recruitment processes open up a Pandora's box of potential pitfalls for themselves. In the current climate, a...

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Inside Recruiting June 11, 2020
Confessions of a Corporate Talent Acquisition Leader: Welcome to the Age of the Talent Advisor

In the wake of COVID-19, everything has changed. There's no time for complacency when the entire world shuts down. Companies are rethinking their strategies, while professionals are reconsidering their career choices. Now, more than ever, transformation and agility are the keys to success. Recruitment is not unscathed. Going forward, recruitment functions are going to look and feel very...

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Inside Recruiting April 14, 2020
Confessions of a Corporate Talent Acquisition Leader: In a Global Pandemic, What Are Recruitment Professionals Supposed to Do?

In the span of about one week, nearly the entire world went virtual. Were you prepared? Was your home office ready and wired for dual monitors, proper internet bandwidth, a webcam, and a printer? If not, you were not alone. Safe to say the majority of us who went virtual had to scramble to get ready for our new workspaces. Our new routines. Our new normal. But preparation — hasty or...

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Inside Recruiting February 12, 2020
Confessions of a Corporate Talent Acquisition Leader: Great Recruiting Starts With an Ethical Recruiter

How we recruit determines how people view us and the organizations we support. Whether agency or in house, how you recruit matters. Think about a time you experienced sub-par service at an establishment. How did you feel? Probably pretty bad. What did you do? You probably lodged a formal complaint, or told others about your experience, or never went back to that place again. Now, think...

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Inside Recruiting January 6, 2020
Confessions of a Corporate Talent Acquisition Leader: The Burnout Mandate

Corporate mental health benefits used to be little more than a 1-800 number you could call. Now, they are one of the most sought-after perks. It make sense: Modern work culture is very fast-paced and demanding. It requires giving your all in mind, body, and spirit — and that can easily lead to burnout, deemed this year to be an "occupational phenomenon" by the World Health...

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Inside Recruiting December 19, 2019
Confessions of a Corporate Talent Acquisition Leader: Effective Onboarding Starts the Moment a Candidate Meets You

Onboarding is the hottest topic in talent acquisition as we move into 2020. In fact, I've spoken with 10 different HR leaders representing multiple industries within the last three months, and all 10 told me onboarding is their highest priority in the coming year. But why? Onboarding has traditionally been understood as an operational task. Many CHROs view it as nothing more than mundanely...

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Inside Recruiting November 18, 2019
Confessions of a Corporate Talent Acquisition Leader: Why HR Should Conduct Its Own Census in 2020

Guess what happens in 2020. Here's a hint: It happens every 10 years. Correct! It's the US census. But why is there a census, and what value does it provide? Well, the census collects data about everyone living in the United States. That data is then used to determine things like how many seats each state gets in the US House of Representatives, updated public safety measures, plans...

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Inside Recruiting October 29, 2019
Confessions of a Corporate Talent Acquisition Leader: Can Recruitment Shake Its Bad Rap?

Recruiters have gained a bad rap over the last decade. It is my mission to change that. Having been in the recruitment profession since the mid '90s, I have seen the field transform from one of consultants and partners to something more functionally operational and annoying. There are three general models of recruitment, and each has some room for improvement. With just a few tweaks, the...

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Inside Recruiting October 9, 2019
Confessions of a Corporate Talent Acquisition Leader: Are You Still Beholden to an Old-School Model of TA?

Your internal recruitment function is a driving force of your organization's success. It's how you acquire quality talent that contributes to the growth and innovation that keep you ahead of the game. But consider this: Workers are leaving their jobs at the highest rate since 2001. This statistic needs to be at the top of every talent acquisition leader's mind. If you have not assessed...

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Inside Recruiting September 27, 2019
Confessions of a Corporate Talent Acquisition Leader: Should I Stay or Should I RPO?

It's one of the hottest topics in corporate right now: Do we build an internal recruiting team or outsource it? The answer is not a simple yes or no. It really depends. Many factors contribute to recruitment. Some organizations assess the cost of recruitment through the utilization of recruitment agency outfits and decide to build out a recruitment function. Others may have different...

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