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

    Developing Talent Intelligence

    Developing Talent Intelligence

    Talent Intelligence is on the rise, with an increasing number of TA teams putting data at the core of their strategy. However, do employers genuinely understand the full potential of TI, how do you get started, and what is the business case for building a specialist resource?

    My guest this week is Toby Culshaw, Talent Intelligence Leader at Worldwide Amazon Stores. Toby is one of the global pioneers of talent intelligence, having built teams and Philips and Amazon. He has also recently released his first book, "Talent Intelligence - Use Business and People Data to Drive Organizational Performance" Suffice to say, this is a must-listen interview for anyone who wants to know more about the development of talent intelligence. 

    In the interview, we discuss:

    What is Talent Intelligence, and how is it developing

    The business outcomes and value of TI

    What areas of TA is data intelligence being applied to?

    Where should TI sit within the organization?

    Maturity model

    When TI isn't TI

    What skills does a TI function need to be successful?

    Building capability

    What will be possible in the future?

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    • 28 min
    Innovation In Hourly Hiring

    Innovation In Hourly Hiring

    Hourly hiring remains challenging for many employers, and despite the worsening economic outlook, it will likely remain a huge challenge for several years to come.

    So what innovations are we seeing in how employers approach hourly hiring and in the technology they are using? What does good look like now, and how will automation define the future?

    My guest this week is Sean Behr, CEO of Fountain. Over the last few years, Fountain has helped companies hire over 13 million hourly paid workers in more than 75 countries, meaning Sean has a lot of insight to share.

    In the interview, we discuss:

    The current talent marketing in hourly hiring

    The challenges of the last few years

    Fundamental changes in the workforce that will see hourly hiring continue to be challenging for years to come.

    What makes employers successful in this market

    The vital importance of speed in hiring

    Recruiting automation

    Using technology to provide a quality candidate, hiring manager, and recruiter experience at scale

    Really human hiring


    Quality versus quantity

    Why hourly hiring is the most innovative place to be in talent acquisition

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    • 31 min
    Digital Talent At PepsiCo

    Digital Talent At PepsiCo

    With high-profile layoffs in some large technology companies, it is perhaps easy to forget that digital transformation is still driving a massive need for tech talent in employers all over the world.

    Despite the current economic headwinds, long-term trends are in play that require specific operating and employer brand strategies, particularly in companies that are not traditionally seen as being digital.

    My guest this week is Blair Bennett, Senior Vice President Global Talent Acquisition at PepsiCo. Digital transformation is creating a significant need for tech talent in their business. In our conversation, Blair talks about the strategy they are putting in place to hire the people they need.

    In the interview, we discuss:

    The size and scale of talent acquisition at PepsiCo

    Market trends and challenges

    Digital transformation and bringing in new capabilities

    Repositioning talent acquisition strategy

    Personalizing candidate experience in competitive talent markets

    Automation in the TA operating model

    EVP and employer brand for specific talent cohorts

    Talent intelligence

    Geographical targeting and segmentation

    The role of technology

    The long term demand for digital talent

    The future of personalization in talent acquisition

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    • 21 min
    Defining Talent

    Defining Talent

    Skills based hiring continues to be a growing trend as employers rethink how they attract and assess talent. So how do you define what good looks like and identify the right hires for your organisation?

    My guest this week is Leadership Strategist and Talent Consultant Ginny Clarke, who formerly ran executive hiring programmes at Google. Ginny is a strong advocate of competency-based recruiting and has some invaluable advice to share. 

    In the interview, we discuss:

    Spotting competencies and demonstrated behaviours

    Talent reviews and performance evaluations

    How do you define and identify talent?

    Looking more broader to increase diversity

    Psychological safety and equity

    The relationship between leadership and culture

    Competencies as skills plus knowledge plus ability

    Deconstructing job roles

    Looking past employment history and education

    What does the future of work look like, and how should employers be preparing

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    • 21 min
    Talent In Tech

    Talent In Tech

    With the news cycle currently dominated by significant layoffs in large tech companies, it is essential to take a step back and consider the longer-term picture. Many employers are still struggling to find the right tech talent. Recent research has shown that skill shortages will continue for years as education systems are not setting students up with the right skills for our AI-dominated future.

    So what should employers be doing right now to recruit and develop tech professionals, and what is the impact of remote and hybrid working on early careers talent?

    My guest this week is Atli Thorkelsson, VP of Talent Network at Redpoint Ventures. Atli advises start-ups across Redpoint's portfolio on talent acquisition and development. He has some important insights to share on the current state of the market and the strategies employers need to adopt to deal with the longer terms challenges.

    In the interview, we discuss:

    The current state of the tech hiring market

    Long term challenges

    Development of early career talent

    The role of the Chief People Officer

    Building the right foundations for talent development

    How do remote-first organizations support mentoring and development?

    What are the biggest hiring mistakes start-ups make?

    What can corporate TA functions learn from start-up hiring practices?

    How will recruiting technology develop in the future?

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    • 25 min
    The Power Of Difference

    The Power Of Difference

    DE&I remains a major priority for employers, but progress is slow and sometimes completely stuck. So how should companies be thinking about diversity, and what practical actions can they take to build and benefit from teams of difference?

    My guest this week is writer, broadcaster and consultant Simon Fanshawe. Simon is a well known figure in the UK and has recently published an excellent book, "The Power of Difference". He advocates that progress comes when employers move away from the jargon around DE&I and genuinely understand how building a diverse workforce will drive their specific business objectives. 

    In the interview, we discuss:

    The human question of diversity and what does it actually mean.

    The power of combining difference

    The dangers of conformity and the imposition of rules

    Building teams of difference

    Using data to understand what is happening and why

    Understanding specific diversity business cases

    The virtuous circle of selection

    Is unconscious bias training actually helpful?

    Redesigning the recruiting process to challenge assumptions

    The most accurate predictor of future success

    Making employee resource groups more effective

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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

J.D. Hanson ,

Relevant Insights Across The Globe Regarding Talent Acquisition

I began listening to Matt’s podcast which happened to air the same year I began a job as a full cycle recruiter in an industry I knew nothing about. I thought maybe during my commute I can learn some tips and tricks to this recruiting thing. I can’t say the podcast made me a superstar at that short lived assignment, but his podcast was a huge factor into why I am still today in Talent Acquisition, no longer striving but thriving. This industry continues to evolve and change at an ever increasing rate, so much so it gets hard at times to keep up. Listen to Matt’s Podcast and you will feel informed and confident as a calm and witty tone invites listeners on a continuous journey to large Fortune 500 companies as well as up and coming startups, peering into the inner workings of what makes a particular company successful in their approach to everything from initial recruitment and marketing campaigns to sourcing and screening candidates and for the lucky who are made an offer we hear stories of best onboarding practices. You cannot succeed as a Recruiter or Sourcer or in any position under the Talent Acquisition umbrella if you do not keep up with the latest and greatest as well as the expanding and changing labor laws that are critical to be informed on. So join Matt on his spirited ventures and find out what hidden secrets some of the best and brightest I'm the industry use that has made them a super success.

SnapDragon66 ,

Critical & Informative

As a business owner with recruiting on my mind way more than I would ever wish, this podcast is a phenomenal find!
I’ve been binge listening and at about 10 episodes in feel more empowered to launch our next recruiting effort than ever.
Most of the information here seems to relate to big and global business so I’m adapting the information to my small 22 person company.
I believe that understanding the larger National and Global trends and tools helps get out of the microcosm of small business that can feel limiting.
It would be amazing to hear some conversations about small business - especially in the professional trades - in the future as we are experiencing unprecedented growth due to the “return to home” sparked by the pandemic.
Thanks for all your fabulous efforts Matt. This is a must-listen podcast and I will be sharing with my fellow business owners!
Monique Allen

Tini Eagle ,

Great Information

The guests are diverse and provide great industry insights. Very current and relevant.

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