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Innovation and futurology in Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing and HR Technology. Matt Alder interviews thought leaders who are influencing and changing an industry

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Get my free whitepaper "10 Ways AI Will Transform Talent Acquisition" – Download Now  Transform Talent Acquisition – Find out how my digital course will help you shape the future of talent acquisition in your organization – Click Here Providing a quality candidate experience remains a significant challenge for many organizations. This challenge has been intensified in recent years by evolving candidate expectations, volatile talent markets, shrinking TA teams, and technology that has yet to be designed with the candidate in mind. However, are we on the cusp of an era when technology, rather than making the candidate experience worse, can actually help provide the high-quality, personalized candidate experience we have all been seeking? My guests this week are Luke Smith, Talent Acquisition & Experience Specialist at Toyota GB, and Euan Cameron, CEO at Willo. This discussion offers many great insights into what personalization is possible now and what will be possible in the future. In the interview, we discuss: Toyota's customer-centric approach to candidate experience Automating the process Busting myths about video interviewing Giving candidates control and flexibility Reducing bias in Recruitment Marketing Wellbing the interview process Sentiment analysis What does the future look like? Download Willo’s “Hiring Humans” eBook Follow this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Get my free whitepaper "10 Ways AI Will Transform Talent Acquisition" – Download Now  Transform Talent Acquisition – Find out how my digital course will help you shape the future of talent acquisition in your organization – Click Here It has been a highly volatile few years for talent markets and hiring. So, how is all the uncertainty and disruption shifting employers' thinking around EVP and Employer Branding? Is it still considered as important as before, and what might the future direction look like? My guests this week are Neil Harrison, an independent employer branding consultant, and Mike Heal, managing director at WDAD Communications. Neil recently collaborated with WDAD on qualitative research into the current EVP and Employer Brand landscape. The findings give some unique insights into the priority employers are giving to their employer brands and how things have changed since the pandemic. In the interview, we discuss: The background to the research project and how it was carried out How things have changed in the last three years DE&I as a focus for employer branding Key metrics to get senior stakeholder buy-in and future investment Is employer branding still considered important by organizations? How happy are employers with the current state of their EVP? Building agility and flexibility into the brand research process to ensure relevancy Changing employee attitudes to work The evolution of employee stories The importance of belonging Differentiation and competitive benchmarking What does the future look like? Follow this podcast on Apple Podcasts
Get my free whitepaper "10 Ways AI Will Transform Talent Acquisition" – Download Now  Transform Talent Acquisition – Find out how my digital course will help you shape the future of talent acquisition in your organization – Click Here The distribution patterns of the global working-age population are starting to change dramatically. North America and Europe both have aging populations and by 2040, the African continent, with a projected population of 1.1 billion, will have the largest workforce globally. So how are African countries preparing, and what opportunities are there for employers to tap into this mega talent market? My guest this week is Hilda Kabushenga, CEO of The African Talent Company. The African Talent Company is a group of pan-African businesses working together to bridge the talent gap in Africa via career development and recruiting solutions. Hilda gives us a unique insight into the current African talent market and its incredible future potential. In the interview, we discuss: How will global workforce demographics change over the next few years? Reskilling for the future for jobs where there is demand for talent Making interventions around the right skills, democratic access to opportunities, and job creation. How does upskilling work at scale? Delivering courses on WhatsApp to deal with data availability issues Opportunities for global employers to access African talent The potential impact of AI What will things look like by 2050 Follow this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Get my free whitepaper "10 Ways AI Will Transform Talent Acquisition" – Download Now  Trend Spotting – Find out how my digital course will help you shape the future of talent acquisition in your organization – Click Here It is becoming clear that company CEOs are taking AI very seriously, and it is starting to inform the strategic direction of many businesses. For example, 44% of CEOs responding to PwC's 2024 Annual Global CEOs survey believed that Gen AI will drive efficiency and boost profits in the next 12 months.  It is now critical that Talent Acquisition leaders take AI seriously and build strategies that closely align with their business's strategic direction. Unfortunately, in most cases, this isn't happening with the urgency that the situation requires. So, what are the barriers here? Do we fully understand the challenges, and what can TA leaders do to ensure they stay in step with the rest of their business? My guest this week is Paul Maxin. Paul is a highly experienced Global TA Leader who has worked at a diverse range of major public and private organizations. Paul firmly believes in the importance of approaching AI strategically with a sense of urgency and shares some pragmatic advice on how best to achieve this.  In the interview, we discuss: Why TA is out of step with the rest of the enterprise The challenges that stop TA from being strategic The importance of scenario planning Calls to action What questions should TA leaders be asking themselves? Data, measurement, and transparency Proving the strategic value of TA Auditing and the danger of AI being bias on steroids The continuing importance of the candidate experience An increasing risk of burnout What might the future hold? Follow this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Round Up June 2024

Round Up June 2024

2024-07-0410:42

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 619: TA On The Brink Of Revolution Ep 620: Hard Skills & Soft Skills Ep 621: Rain, Whisky and Robots Ep 622: Redefining Expertise Ep 623: An Inclusive Candidate Experience Ep 624: The TA Team Of The Future Ep 625: What’s Next For Generative AI? Follow this podcast on Apple Podcasts
Get my free whitepaper "10 Ways AI Will Transform Talent Acquisition" - Download Now Trend Spotting - Find out how my digital course will help you shape the future of talent acquisition in your organization - Click Here The hype around the arrival of Gen AI was off-the-scale crazy. Now that things have calmed down and the use of LLMs is starting to normalize, it can be easy to think that the hype was overblown. However, we are about to see some developments in technology that will change our mindsets entirely and start to bridge the gap between the initial hype and our current reality. My guest this week is Jack Houghton, Co-Founder of Mindset AI. Mindset AI uses cutting-edge AI technology in the HR and Learning space. Jack talks us through the potential of Autonomous AI Agents to change how we work forever and help some of the initial hype around AI become reality. In the interview, we discuss: The huge developments coming in the next 12 months How will removing the current friction in accessing Gen AI accelerate adoption? How Autonomous AI Agents will bridge where we are and where we are going. Tools, APIs, and logical reasoning How do AI Agents communicate in Swarms to build workflows and intelligently manage tasks? Ask use cases and Do use cases. What are the limitations and the implications for jobs? The importance of taking a strategic approach Where might we be in 3-5 years? Follow this podcast in Apple Podcasts.
Get my free whitepaper "10 Ways AI Will Transform Talent Acquisition" - Download Now Trend Spotting - Find out how my digital course will help you shape the future of talent acquisition in your organization - Click Here Much of the conversation about the future of talent acquisition focuses on absolutes. The questions debated revolve around whether there will actually be a need for talent acquisition in the future, whether robots will do all the recruiting, and whether most jobs will even still exist.  While these discussions are essential, they tend to polarize opinion and don't do much to move the industry forward. We need to have nuanced conversations about the practicalities of this transformation process and focus on the skills and roles that will drive the change we need. My guest this week is Andreea Lungulescu, Principal Talent Acquisition Partner at thermondo. Andreea strongly advocates for strategic talent acquisition and the importance of TA shaping its own destiny. She has done some significant work around the future roles talent acquisition will need and has some highly valuable insights to share In the interview, we discuss: Elevating the role of TA and making it strategic The importance of understanding rapidly changing business priorities How are employers responding to AI? The enthusiasm vs. implementation gap What are AI skills? Removing silos in the talent function Disrupting the traditional career framework in TA What TA roles might we see in the future? What skills do TA professionals need to develop What is going to happen over the next 18 months Follow this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Get my free whitepaper "10 Ways AI Will Transform Talent Acquisition" - Download Now Trend Spotting - Find out how my digital course will help you shape the future of talent acquisition in your organization - Click Here When we talk about employers becoming more inclusive, the focus is often on big strategic thinking and a long process of organizational change. However, companies can often make significant progress by taking small steps in important areas. The quality of the candidate's experience is the critical first step in an organization's inclusivity, and recent data indicates that quality has been dramatically deteriorating over the last 18 months. So, what practical and immediate steps can employers take to be more inclusive with their recruiting? My guest this week is Advita Patel from Comms Rebel. Advita is a communication and workplace culture strategist who helps organizations cultivate a culture of inclusion. In our conversation, she shares practical, pragmatic advice on how employers can build inclusive candidate experience by improving the quality of their communication. In the interview, we discuss: The importance of inclusive communication Being a comms rebel How can the recruiting process be more inclusive? Job descriptions and degrees Recognizing bias Taking micro-steps  The impact of poor communication on candidates What can employers and individual recruiters do to improve the candidate experience? The dangers of overly generic AI-generated language Candidates calling out employers in public Changing expectations of work and the importance of belonging Will AI make things better or worse? Follow this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Get my free whitepaper "10 Ways AI Will Transform Talent Acquisition" - Download Now Trend Spotting - Find out how my digital course will help you shape the future of talent acquisition in your organization - Click Here It's been clear for a long time that the way we traditionally think about skills and expertise is out of step with our fast-changing and volatile world. This issue runs through the education system in many countries and also influences how employers attract and upskill talent. So, what are the innovative approaches that could solve this problem? My guest this week is Ed Fidoe, co-founder and CEO of the London Interdisciplinary School (LIS). LIS has been described as the most radical new university to open in decades. It offers degrees that use an interdisciplinary approach to solving some of the complex problems that business and society face. There are interesting lessons for employers here around the concept of interactional expertise. In the interview, we discuss: What is LIS, and why was it founded? Building networks of knowledge Connecting academic learning to the workplace Enhancing employability by addressing the current mismatch of expertise between college and the workplace Intellectual curiosity and problem-solving Cultivating diversity of thought through diversity of background The power of interactional expertise in the knowledge economy  What future skills will be needed in an AI-driven world? Follow this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Get my free whitepaper "10 Ways AI Will Transform Talent Acquisition" - Download Now Trend Spotting - Find out how my digital course will help you shape the future of talent acquisition in your organization - Click Here If you listened to the TA Leader interviews in Episode 619, you'd know that Recruiting Future recently collaborated with The Chad & Cheese podcast to host two face-to-face unconference-style events in Edinburgh and Glasgow. On the day between the two events, we decided to combine podcast recording with tourism. What better way to do this than to use a campervan as a mobile recording studio and drive around the southeast of Scotland, taking in some of its world-famous coastal views? Well, that was the plan anyway. Our plans took an unexpected turn as the weather had other ideas. But this led to some exciting impromptu discussions on AI and the future of work, sparked by a tour of a two-hundred-year-old whisky distillery, a flying visit to a seven-hundred-year-old castle, and a trip to the beach. In this episode, we discuss: Is the resume dead? What's going on with skills-based hiring The differences and similarities between talent acquisition in Scotland and talent acquisition in the US Attitudes to risk The tricky balance between robots and humans What does the long-term future look like Do we have the right attitude towards the future as an industry? AI is already taking TA jobs. Why smaller employers may have an advantage What happens when AI is just baked into everything? What is going to change in the next three years Follow this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Get my free whitepaper "10 Ways AI Will Transform Talent Acquisition" - Download Now Trend Spotting - Find out how my digital course will help you shape the future of talent acquisition in your organization - Click Here The shortening shelf life of skills, shifting business priorities, and the surge in AI-driven job applications are compelling many employers to rethink their candidate assessment and selection processes. This shift towards skills-based thinking is fostering greater integration between talent acquisition and talent management. By combining data on soft skills, hard skills, and career aspirations, employers can leverage a unified dataset to gain a comprehensive view throughout the entire employee lifecycle. So how can this be done, and what advantages can it bring? My guest this week is Jason Putnam, the CRO at Plum. Jason has been driving the charge around the scientific assessment of soft skills for a while and has recently incorporated data on hard skills into their methodology. Jason has some important insights to share on the future of assessment and the implementation of skills-based hiring. In the interview, we discuss: How the market is evolving The changing balance between talent acquisition and talent management TA's responsibility for retention Combining hard skills and soft skills Pace paradox versus business latency Focusing on the skills you need rather than the skills you have The evolution of the recruiting process Building alignment between talent acquisition, talent management, and hiring managers The importance of one universal dataset The role of AI Follow this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Round Up May 2024

Round Up May 2024

2024-06-0613:57

Download My Free Whitepaper - “10 Ways AI Will Transform Talent Acquisition”  https://recruitingfuturefeast.com/transform Check out my new course on planning strategically for the future - Trend Spotting https://matt-alder-s-school.teachable.com/p/trendspotting 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 611: Doing Hiring Differently Ep 612: AI-Powered Job Seekers Ep 613: Talent Automation Ep 614: Reinventing The Recruiting Process Ep 615: Building Inclusive Hiring Practices Ep 616: AI And The Art Of The Possible Ep 617: The Practicalities of Skills-Based Hiring Ep 618: Breaking The Rainbow Ceiling Follow this podcast on Apple Podcasts A full transcript will appear here shortly
Get my free whitepaper "10 Ways AI Will Transform Talent Acquisition" - Download Now Trend Spotting - Find out how my digital course will help you shape the future of talent acquisition in your organization - Click Here During May, Recruiting Future combined forces with The Chad and Cheese Podcast to run two face-to-face TA leader meet-ups in Edinburgh and Glasgow. TA is on the brink of a revolution, and people expect significant changes in the coming months and years. While there was some anxiety about potential future scenarios, there was genuine excitement around the potential of AI, skills-based thinking, and a more integrated approach to talent, making recruiting better for everyone. This episode features eight industry leaders talking about the practicalities of the revolution ahead: Danny Caines - HR Project Manager International Talent Acquisition at Babcock George Dobbin - Global Head of Talent Acquisition and Development at Sabio Susan McRoberts - Independent HR Consultant  Nicki Paterson - Chief Growth Officer at Solutions Driven Euan Cameron - CEO at Willo Nicolle Sinclair - Talent Engagement Leader at Diageo Euan McNair - Talent Acquisition, Inclusion, and Brand Director at Aegon Jo Grant - Employer Brand Manager UK and Ireland. Follow this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Get my free whitepaper "10 Ways AI Will Transform Talent Acquisition" - Download Now Trend Spotting - Find out how my digital course will help you shape the future of talent acquisition in your organization - Click Here Currently, there are only four LGBTQ+ CEOs in the Fortune 500 and none in the FTSE 100. This really illustrates the hidden challenges and differences in professional opportunities for LGBTQ+ people, especially when it comes to promotion and recruitment into senior roles. Many employers publically say that improving diversity and inclusion in their workforce is a significant priority, but this will only truly happen with appropriate representation at the top of the organization. My guest this week is Layla McCay, Director of Policy at the NHS Confederation and author of a new book called "Breaking The Rainbow Ceiling." Layla shines a light on the challenges that LGBTQ+ people face at work and offers advice on how companies can recognize and address the barriers and build a more inclusive workplace where everyone can thrive and succeed. In the interview, we discuss: Why she wrote the book The barriers that prevent LGBTQ+ people from being hired or promoted into senior roles Roles models and self-esteem Conscious and unconscious bias Managers reinforcing imposter syndrome. Understanding different experiences Allowing people to do their best work Intersectionality Equity in talent management Advice to employers on inclusive hiring Follow this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Get my free whitepaper "10 Ways AI Will Transform Talent Acquisition" - Download Now Trend Spotting - Find out how my digital course will help you shape the future of talent acquisition in your organization - Click Here Skills-based hiring is not just a passing trend; it's a significant shift in the recruiting landscape. Many employers are eager to unlock its advantages in terms of flexibility, diversity, economic efficiency, and dealing with talent shortages. But is there a gap between theory and practice regarding understanding and implementation? Over the last few months, experienced TA leader Adrian Thomas and myself have partnered with Neil Kelly at Vector on some research to uncover the realities and practicalities of skills-based hiring within large global employers. Neil and Adrian join me on this episode to discuss the findings, some of which are quite surprising, and to look at what employers need to do to advance with skills-based hiring.  In the interview, we discuss: Why and how we did the research Motivations for being skills-based Some surprising findings The problems with skills taxonomies Talent Acquisition and Talent Management  Training Hiring Managers The way forward for skills-based hiring Download our report " Skills-Based Hiring, The Gap Between Theory and Practice” Follow this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Get my free whitepaper "10 Ways AI Will Transform Talent Acquisition" - Download Now Trend Spotting - Find out how my digital course will help you shape the future of talent acquisition in your organization - Click Here Podcasting at events and conferences is one of my favorite things to do. I love the joy of seeing people face to face, and you get the opportunity to access a broad range of views and expertise around the topics shaping the industry. At the beginning of May, Recruiting Future was an official media partner of The HR Technology Conference Europe in Amsterdam, the first time the event had been held outside of the US.   AI was a central theme in the discussions, and I was eager to gather insights on the current use cases of AI tools, as well as the potential future implications. The first voice you will hear is Rebecca Carr, CPO and acting CEO of SmartRecruiters, talking about AI as a co-pilot and its potential to enhance the very human aspects of recruiting. Next up after Rebecca is my friend and co-author, the ever-present Mervyn Dinnen, talking about his concerns about the impact of AI on employee experience and creativity Finally, I spoke to Norwegian entrepreneur Eivind Arnsten about the AI employer lawyer his company is building and the potential for widespread automation throughout HR processes and activities. Follow this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Get my free whitepaper "10 Ways AI Will Transform Talent Acquisition" - Download Now Trend Spotting - Find out how my digital course will help you shape the future of talent acquisition in your organization - Click Here Inclusive hiring is vital to building inclusive organizations, and the benefits of getting it right are considerable, both at a human and a business level. Recognizing bias, standardizing hiring manager behavior, and analyzing data are just some of the things employers need to consider to be more inclusive in their hiring. My guest this week is Sarah Harnett, Senior Director of People Business Partners at Greenhouse Software. In our conversation, Sarah talks us through the steps that Greenhouse has taken to build an inclusive culture through inclusive hiring practices. In the interview, we discuss: What does it take to build a diverse workforce? Understanding your employee's experience Hiring as a starting point for building an inclusive culture ERGs as a vehicle to empower people Dealing with systemic bias Inclusive hiring manager behaviors Structured hiring processes Connecting DE&I strategy to corporate strategy The implications of AI on inclusive hiring Follow this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Get my free whitepaper "10 Ways AI Will Transform Talent Acquisition" - Download Now Trend Spotting - Find out how my digital course will help you shape the future of talent acquisition in your organization - Click Here The pace of change in recruiting technology continues to accelerate, and with it come opportunities to improve hiring outcomes, streamline operational efficiency, and make much-needed improvements to the candidate experience. When you add in increasing volumes of applications driven by candidate use of AI and the differing wants and needs of a new generation entering the workforce, it becomes evident that we are on the brink of a profound transformation in recruiting processes. So, what are the most forward-thinking companies already doing? My guest this week is Hollie Powell, Recruitment Business Partner at EDF. EDF is reinventing its recruiting process for early careers and improving the candidate experience by carefully balancing technology and automation with high-quality human interaction. In the interview, we discuss: The early careers strategy at EDF Increasing volumes of applications through candidate use of AI How EDF is evolving its recruiting process The enormous benefits of effective video interviewing Speeding up the process to improve the candidate experience Ensuring high quality human interaction during the process Using an organization wide strengths-based framework Keeping up with changing candidate wants and needs Planning for the skills shortages of the future Consumer brand versus employer brand How will early careers evolve in the coming years? Follow this podcast in Apple Podcasts.
Get my free whitepaper "10 Ways AI Will Transform Talent Acquisition" - Download Now Trend Spotting - Find out how my digital course will help you shape the future of talent acquisition in your organization - Click Here As I've said many times before, automation in recruiting and HR is inevitable. This means that every TA and HR leader should be thinking strategically about automation, its implications, and, most importantly, the value that it will add right now. So what are the benefits of automation, and where and how should talent functions be automated? My guest this week is Brandon Sammut, Chief People Officer at Zapier. Automation is in Zapiers corporate DNA, and they are successfully using it to drive their talent density strategy through automation in recruiting, onboarding, and skills development. In the interview, we discuss: What Talent Density means at Zapier and how they built it Focusing on what is uniquely human Being transparent about a remote-only employee experience T shaped talent Automated Onboarding Using automation to solve hard problems and make things more personal at scale. Experience design and empathy Understand where to apply automation and where not to apply it. Developing AI skills across the business What will the future look like? Follow this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Get my free whitepaper "10 Ways AI Will Transform Talent Acquisition" - Download Now Trend Spotting - Find out how my digital course will help you shape the future of talent acquisition in your organization - Click Here It is becoming clear that job seekers' use of AI tools in the application process has profound implications for talent acquisition. Many employers report a significant increase in application volume, and there is a potential technology arms race as employers and job boards attempt to use AI to identify AI. While this may help in the short term, it won't work in the long term, and is job seeker AI use even a bad thing? My guest this week is expert job board consultant Alexander Chukovski. Alexander has been doing a deep dive into how job seekers use AI and its implications for recruiting. He has valuable insights about job seeker verification and its potential to create win-win situations for candidates, job boards, and employers. In the interview, we discuss: The implications of a new generation of AI-savvy job seekers The different ways job seekers are using AI include ATS integration The drawbacks and risks for candidates using AI tools A pointless tech "arms race." Why is it difficult to spot the use of AI in CVs and applications? How should the industry respond? The rise of verification technology What can be verified now and what might be possible in the future The importance of job seekers owning their data What does the future look like? Follow this podcast on Apple Podcasts.
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Andrew Basham

Is Mercury on your radar?!

May 5th
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Robert O'Donoghue

this podcast exists just to sell shit.

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