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With continuing skills shortages and massive disruption to how and where work is done, it is not surprising to see innovation as employers start to think differently about talent. Fractional hiring is rising and has some significant benefits to employers and employees. But what is it, how does it work, and how is it different from traditional interim and contract hiring? My guest this week is Matt Widdoes, CEO of Mavan. Mavan is a globally dispersed network of specialized former growth leaders at iconic tech brands working fractionally, and Matt has some unique insights to share on this growing trend. In the interview, we discuss: What is fractional hiring? Recruiting as the key to growth The current state of the talent market Specialist talent as a resource that can be turned on and off Benefits for organizations and the implications for the career development of individuals The mindset shift employers need to make to use fractional working successfully.  Decentralized talent pools The kind of roles that can be fractional How is fractional different from interim and contract? What does the future of work look like Listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
This is a special cross-over episode with The Talent Savvy Podcast hosted by Bas van de Haterd and Marlies Farrill. It was a pleasure to join them for a conversation about the latest thinking in candidate experience, undoubtedly an evergreen topic in talent acquisition. If you've not listened to the Talent Savvy podcast before, I would highly recommend subscribing for a great mix of informed opinion and practical advice. In our conversation, we discuss: Why candidate experience isn't an object to fix An automated personalized experience at scale Technology innovation and unchanging human nature Differing attitudes to feedback in North America and Europe Do we have the right tools to provide quality feedback? Consistent and regular communication Motivation and targeted marketing Examples of employers who are getting things right Listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
I've never known a more disruptive, uncertain and confusing time in talent acquisition. With so much complexity in the market, it can be challenging for TA talent to get a clear picture of what is happening outside of their own organisations. My guest this week is Sven Elbert, Senior Analyst at Fosway Group. Fosway is Europes leading HR industry analyst and has recently published its Talent Acquisition Realities 2022 report, a piece of research that looks at the key challenges, trends and forces TA teams are currently dealing with. This is a must listen for anyone wanting an independent view of what is going on in the market. In the interview, we discuss: Stand out findings from the research. The impacts of uncertainty on hiring Quality of hire What TA teams report they are most and least effective at How is DE&I working in practice? Current market changes Availability of skills The most in demand recruiting technologies Are tech stacks currently fit for purpose? Conducting the candidate experience orchestra Upskilling recruiters Listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Many employers are focusing hard on diversifying their talent pools at the moment. It has been encouraging to bring so many stories to the podcast about employers working to connect with historically marginalized groups and embracing more open approaches to hiring. However, diverse hiring is pointless without addressing equity and inclusion at a systemic level within organizations. My guests this week are Dr Tina Opie and Dr Beth Livingston, authors of the soon to be published book "Shared Sisterhood". Share Sisterhood embodies a practical methodology that gives employees a starting point with diversity, equity, and inclusion. It inspires employees to explore their personal assumptions, build connections and take collective action. In the interview, we discuss: Shared Sisterhood as a radically optimistic philosophy Power dominant and historically marginalized groups Addressing equity at a systemic level Building authentic connections with people who are different to you Where to start with DE&I Dig, Bridge and Collective Action The difference between equality and equity Metrics and accountability Ally versus Accomplise versus Co-Conspirator Listen to this podcast on Apple Podcast.
Effectively attracting, selecting and hiring people from underrepresented and marginalised groups is something that many employers aspire to. Unfortunately, only very few have the right strategies and resources in place to be set up for success. Having the right partners to work with is critical if companies are to truly understand the needs of the communities they want to work with. My guest this week is Roy Baladi, Founder of Jobs for Humanity. Jobs for Humanity works to connect historically underrepresented talent to welcoming employers via training and technology, and Roy has some extremely valuable insights to share.  In the interview, we discuss: What is Jobs For Humanity? Advantages of hiring diverse talent Diversifying the TA funnel Designing a fair hiring process Challenging personal bias Onboarding, inclusivity and safe spaces Making simple accommodations Recruiting refugees Brain diversity Why DE&I is still at the early adopter stage with employers Intention and action Listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Round Up August 2022

Round Up August 2022

2022-09-0909:38

Round up is the monthly show on The Recruiting Future Podcast channel that highlights episodes you may have missed and gives you my take on some of the key learnings from the guests. Episodes mentioned in this Round Up: Ep 450: Attracting and Retaining AI Talent Ep 451: Building Communities Of Talent Ep 452: Assessment Innovation 2022 Ep 453: Onboarding Evolved Ep 454: Effective Employer Branding Strategies Ep 455: Talent Rediscovery Ep 456: Soft Skills Ep 457: Employability and Social Mobility Listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts
After almost three years of constant disruption, the talent market still shows no signs of normalization. Even with rising inflation and layoffs in some parts of the economy, US and UK job openings remain at record highs. So what are the implications for employers recruiting in times of economic instability and a cost of living crisis? How do TA teams need to think, and what are the most successful employers doing to hire and retain the talent they need? My guest this week is Jon Wilson, CEO of Totaljobs, which is part of the Stepstone Group, one of the largest online recruitment companies in the world. This means Jon has access to a vast amount of data and insights into the current hiring market and has some valuable advice to share. In the interview, we discuss: The current state of the market High job openings and fewer job seekers The impact of high inflation How demographic factors are driving scarcity Why the great resignation will to continue Increasing mobility in the workforce Flexbility and upskilling What are the most successful employers doing? Forecasts for the next six to twelve months Listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Some of my favourite discussions on this show have been with employers driving diversity, equity, and inclusion, not just because it is the right thing to do but because they are using their DE&I strategies to solve specific business challenges. My guest this week is Graham Briggs, Head of Apprenticeships & Employability Programmes at Greene King, the UK's largest pub retailer and brewer. The hospitality sector has had an extremely challenging few years. Greene King has been running some incredible programmes to reach diverse talent pools and deliver positive outcomes for their business and the communities they work with.  In the interview, we discuss: The recruiting challenges in hospitality Challenging perceptions about career development Employability and social mobility Communities and values Untapping potential The importance of C-Suite support Partnering with external organisations to reach out to new pools of talent Delivering positive outcomes for young people Building confidence and focusing on wellbeing Working with prison leavers Support, development and retention Business outcomes and results Working with other employers to lobby government Advice to TA leaders looking to build similar programmes Plans for the future Listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Ep 456: Soft Skills

Ep 456: Soft Skills

2022-08-3123:14

Work and jobs are changing, and the way companies select and hire people needs to keep up with this pace of change. We've always talked a lot about soft skills in talent acquisition, but what are they in the context of modern work, why are they important, and how can they be assessed? My guest this week is Dr Alan Redman, Head of Science and Technology at Clevry. Alan is an expert in the definition, assessment and impact of soft skills and has some very valuable insights to share. In the interview, we discuss: Perspectives on the market and changing world of work Understanding what employees want from work What are soft skills in the context of modern work, and why are they important? Adapting to change How soft skills hiring can solve recruiting challenges Skills portability and job design Being a soft skills focused organisation How to assess and measure soft skills The future impact of AI on skills and decision making Listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Reaching out to past applicants about new roles has always been a challenge in talent acquisition. Poor technology, tight timescales and inflexible processes have often limited the effectiveness of talent rediscovery. However, AI is now starting to drive some change, and talent rediscovery is becoming an ever more effective strategy. My guest this week is Mike Watson, Head of Customer Advocacy at Eightfold. Before he joined Eightfold, Mike was a long-time Head of Talent Acquisition, and, in our conversation, he shares his unique insights into the benefits and practical results of AI-driven talent rediscovery. In the interview, we discuss: The current state of the market and the effect on talent acquisition teams The threat of losing recruiter intellectual property  Warm passive talent versus cold passive talent What the ATS can't deliver Driving ROI but reducing time to hire Talent intelligence Communication strategies and best practices Which employers are doing talent rediscovery well Where is the technology taking us next? Listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
To say that the talent acquisition market in the tech sector is complex and fast-changing at the moment would perhaps be a bit of an understatement. So how are big tech companies developing employer branding strategies that help them solve their shifting challenges, and what lessons can employers in other sectors learn from them? My guest this week is Ashlee Gerow, Senior Manager, Employer Branding at Hubspot. I've always been a massive fan of Hubspot's sophisticated and innovative approach to talent acquisition and employer branding. Ashley is very open about their recruitment challenges and how a dynamic approach to employer branding is being used to address them. In the interview, we discuss: The current tech hiring market  How employer branding is being used to solve recruiting challenges at Hubspot Developing a highly targeted strategy Cutting through the noise Advanced persona work Is who you are externally authentic to who you are internally Understanding where you are not converting and adapting accordingly How the pandemic changed Hubspot's approach Working with cross-functional teams and being deeply connected across the business Making sure the EVP is consistent throughout the entire candidate journey Using employee's stories to show, not tell Employer Branding as a constant marketing machine The role of data and technology Moving quickly to adapt, sprint and change The future of employer branding Listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
The pandemic changed many aspects of talent acquisition and perhaps none more so than onboarding. With many people spending less time in their employer's physical offices, how have TA and HR teams evolved their onboarding processes to forge a sense of belonging, develop relationships and ultimately increase productivity and retention? My guest this week is Sharawn Tipton, Chief People Officer at LiveRamp. Over the last few years, LiveRamp has developed a strategic and very intentional approach to onboarding, and Sharawn has a lot of insight and advice to share. In the interview, we discuss: Shifting from a transactional approach to one that focuses on building relationships Providing an immediate sense of belonging The impact of the pandemic on onboarding and retention Employee Resource Groups Wellness and mental health Starting onboarding before the hiring process even starts Culture Moments that matter How important are the first 30 days Personalization of experience EVP & expectations Lesson learned and having a growth mindset. Listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
I'm finally back in Scotland after a summer of much travelling, so normal service is now resumed, and the podcast is back into its regular rhythm of two new shows a week. Assessment and selection continue to be an area of debate, investment and technological innovation. So what has been happening in the space over the last 12 months, and more importantly, what is working? It is my great pleasure to welcome Netherlands-based consultant Bas van de Haterd back to the show as my guest this week. Bas has been on the podcast a few times discussing new thinking in assessment and runs an awards program for innovation in assessment. His 2022 awards have just been judged, and he joins us to update us on what is working and discuss the different approaches the shortlisted organisations have taken. In the interview, we discuss: The current state of the market Innovation in assessment and selection Increasing diversity by selecting on quality Engagement, motivation and stress resilience Cynicism and the importance of results and ROI Open hiring - innovating by having no assessment Neuroscience and brain-based assessment Reducing attrition Skills versus experience The importance of using the right tools How will assessment techniques and technologies develop in the future? Listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Diversity and Inclusion strategies are often just about moving existing talent between organisations rather than growing talent pools and giving more opportunities to more people. So how should employers be thinking about diversity hiring, and what kind of organisations should they partner with to increase the spread of opportunity? My guest this week is Linc Kroeger, President of Knight Moves. Knight Moves is a limiting profit company helping to create the next generation of technology professionals by offering training with an intentional focus on Native American, rural and urban underserved communities. In the interview, we discuss: What can change diversity outcomes in the technology space Building physical communities of technology talent in rural areas Inspiring teenagers  Teaching instantly usable skills Longer-term transformational impacts What value are employers getting? The importance of remote working Listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Despite some highly publicised layoffs in the tech sector, macro trends are still driving a high demand for highly skilled tech professionals. This is particularly true in data science and AI, where hiring the right talent can have a significant business impact.  So what do employers need to do in the current market to ensure they are getting the talent they need? My guest this week is Kevin Dewalt, CEO of Prolego, a leading AI consultant for Fortune 500 companies. Prolego has recently published a report to help companies get better at hiring data science talent, and Kevin has some valuable insights to share. In the interview, we discuss: Why we are only at the beginning of a long-term trend in AI adoption and innovation  The current state of tech hiring Why there is no new wave of talent in the market Creating the right working environment to be an employer of choice. Attention and attraction Gathering talent intelligence to understand motivations The critical importance of the hiring manager and why you should include them in the JD Longer-term structural considerations Prioritising learning and the importance of non-management career paths How to compete for talent with big tech The future of AI in recruiting technology Listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
I know that many of you who listen to this podcast are very aware of the quality of your employee experience and the importance of your employer brand reputation. However, as the balance in the workforce between permanent hires, contractors, and project-based workers evolves, do you still truly understand all the factors influencing your employer brand? My guest this week is Tanya de Grunwald, journalist and founder of The Good And Fair Employers Club. Tanya is a long time campaigner for the rights of young people in the workplace and has been working tirelessly to expose the use of exit or training fees by some IT outsourcing companies. This interview is an absolute must listen for everyone working for an organization that contract in workers from external providers. In the interview, we discuss: What are exit fees, and what are their implications for young people? The implications of denying people the right to move jobs The legal position Activism Outsourcing and placement: who is and isn’t an employee? Why have employers been so slow to act Ethics in procurement and supplier management Providing consistent values and experience for the entire workforce Whistleblowing & PR disasters Good and fair employers Listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
I'm on holiday at the moment, but I want to make sure that you have plenty of Recruiting Future content to listen to until I'm back. So for the next couple of weeks, I'm going to republish some of my favourite episodes with conversations that you may have missed the first time round. This week's replay is my conversation from earlier in the year with Maggie Spong, VP of Talent Acquisition at AstraZeneca. It is one of the best examples I've had on the show for a while of a company developing holistic, long-term strategic solutions to deal with ongoing skill shortages. It is well worth a listen, even if you have heard it the first time around. In the interview, we discuss: How Talent Acquisition is evolving at Astra Zeneca Using Talent Scouts to build external talent pipelines for hard to fill roles and where there are gaps in internal succession planning Building a personalised and inclusive candidate experience. Giving feedback to all interviewed candidates The challenges of the pandemic Encouraging candidate self-selection by showcasing the authentic employee experience Turning The Great Resignation into The Great Opportunity The role of technology Employer brand advocacy Investing in development and the Talent Acquisition Academy Astra Zeneca's focus for 2022 Listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
I'm on holiday at the moment, but I want to make sure that you have plenty of Recruiting Future content to listen to until I'm back. So for the next couple of weeks, I'm going to republish some of my favourite episodes with conversations that you may have missed the first time round. This week's replay is my interview with Rory Sutherland, Vice Chair of Ogilvy and one of the world's leading thinkers on behavioural science. I firmly believe that behavioural science will take a leading role in talent acquisition in the future, particularly when it comes to automation and personalisation, and that's why I wanted to give you all a second chance to listen to what Rory has to say. In the interview, we discuss: Why Behavioural Science is the science of knowing what economists are wrong about The dangers of defensive decision making Finding psychological truths and the importance of emotions Why Uber has a map Recruiting for diversity of thought How Ogilvy have redesigned the recruiting process to find people of exceptional non-standard ability While the average is not the optimal solution The difference between equality of opportunity and diversity of opportunity Why work is a relational relationship, not a transactional one Cost reduction versus lost opportunities Personalising the value exchange between employer and employee The future of work and why it has taken a pandemic to get us there Follow this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Round Up June 2022

Round Up June 2022

2022-07-0610:28

Round up is the monthly show on The Recruiting Future Podcast channel that highlights episodes you may have missed and gives you my take on some of the key learnings from the guests. Episodes mentioned in this Round Up: Ep 442: Lessons From Elite Cycling Ep 443: The Nowhere Office Ep 444: Workplace Culture Ep 445: Happiness At Work Ep 446: The Competitive Advantage Of Employee Experience Ep 447: Dealing With Disruption Ep 448: Proving The Business Value Of Talent Marketing
Measuring the impact of talent marking in a way that aligns with the rest of the business and demonstrates value for the c-suite has always been challenging. TA leaders often find themselves judged by measures and outcomes they don't fully control, which are impossible to translate into business value. So how do you prove the business impact of recruitment marketing and employer branding, particularly in such volatile times? My guest this week is Nick Thompson, Global Talent Marketing Leader at IBM. Nick and his team have been working on this issue for a while and have devised a way of measuring the value of talent marketing that resonates with the C-Suite and provides a laser focus for optimisation and improvement.  In the interview, we discuss: The scale of recruiting at IBM The current state of the global market for tech hiring The shortcomings of existing talent marketing metrics Speaking the same language as the rest of the business Measuring where you have ownership and control What is the time to apply metric, and how was it developed? What insights does time to apply enable? Mapping onto business value  The reaction  The levers that reduce time to apply Removing the reasons why people don't click apply The role of employer branding Advice to TA leaders Listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts
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Robert O'Donoghue

this podcast exists just to sell shit.

Jan 17th
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