May 17, 2018
Sometimes making an impact comes down to finding the perfect
person for the job. A self-described “recruiting geek” and a woman
of many hats, Carmen Hudson is an impact-maker in every sense. She
has enjoyed a prestigious career recruiting for Amazon, Starbucks,
Yahoo! and Microsoft, and even founded her own social recruiting
tech company. Carmen now shares her immense knowledge with her
clients through her work at the Recruiting
- Everyone has an origin story. Before diving into the details of
her life today, Carmen talks about her history and early career
dreams. She describes how she landed in Seattle at Amazon and why
her unique skills enabled her to carve out her role as a sourcer at
- What does expert recruiting look like in the digital age?
Carmen gives some insight into her methods of finding top-level
talent and how she can find anyone anywhere!
- Every opportunity can be a stepping stone to something greater.
Carmen talks about her journey from Amazon to Starbucks to Yahoo!
and some of the highlights of the Silicon Valley leg of her
- Carmen was one of the first to recognize the potential of
Twitter for recruitment. In 2009, she bravely stepped out on her
own and founded Tweet-a-Job, a technology company
that connects job-seekers with employers. But a recession is a
forced to be reckoned with; after a tough three years, Carmen
sunsetted the company and moved forward.
- But how does someone accomplish so much when they haven’t got
two pennies to rub together? Carmen describes what founding a tech
company with no technology background was like, interacting with
investors and technology types as a black woman, and the invaluable
lessons she learned from the experience.
- After Tweet-a-job, what was next for Carmen? Carmen talks about
how she ended up as a Principal Consultant and Trainer at Recruiting
ToolboxSM and describes the diversity of clients and
projects that she has worked on. From educational and financial
institutions to thinktanks and startups to big commercial brands,
Carmen has helped her clients develop their recruiting tools and
practices to secure the best talent around.
- Gender and pay equity are issues close to Carmen’s heart.
Jennifer and Carmen talk about the glaring gender disparities of
our contemporary society and discuss the importance of
transparency. New regulations, technologies and individual
negotiating efforts – undertaken by both women and men in the
workplace, are of key importance to Carmen.
- Telling your story openly and proudly can inspire others to
step into the spotlight. Despite the flak that social media
platforms get these days, Carmen reminds us of the power they hold
to sharing one’s successes and failures in order to inform and
- As a woman of color working in recruiting, Carmen has seen her
fair share of lackluster diversity initiatives. She offers her
thoughts on the contemporary state of diversity hiring regimes, why
they so often yield meager results, and what kind of approach is
needed for a serious commitment towards true diversity in the
workplace. She also talks about how both a sour hiring experience
early in her career and the encouragement of a mentor has informed
- A woman of many hats indeed! Jennifer asks Carmen about her
work with Seattle’s homeless youth initiative called YouthCare and where you can find
her on the internet. Check out some of the links below.
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