23 episodes

Rated in the top 10 of Select Software Review’s 100 Top HR and Recruiting Podcasts, Big Fish in the Talent Pool is hosted by Erin McDermott Peterson, a former Global Head of Talent Acquisition and RPO General Manager. She interviews Global Leaders in Talent Acquisition about the joys and challenges of TA Leadership.

From candidate experience, to AI recruitment technologies, advanced employment branding, RPO decisions and partnerships, to global orgs that follow the sun, no topic is off limits.

The format is casual - as if listeners were overhearing a coffee conversation between leaders getting to know each other and discussing strategic and tactical talent solutions.

Big Fish is perfect for corporate recruiters, aspiring or current TA leaders, executive search partners, or TA product vendors wondering what keeps Talent Acquisition Leaders up at night.

Big Fish in the Talent Pool Erin McDermott Peterson

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Rated in the top 10 of Select Software Review’s 100 Top HR and Recruiting Podcasts, Big Fish in the Talent Pool is hosted by Erin McDermott Peterson, a former Global Head of Talent Acquisition and RPO General Manager. She interviews Global Leaders in Talent Acquisition about the joys and challenges of TA Leadership.

From candidate experience, to AI recruitment technologies, advanced employment branding, RPO decisions and partnerships, to global orgs that follow the sun, no topic is off limits.

The format is casual - as if listeners were overhearing a coffee conversation between leaders getting to know each other and discussing strategic and tactical talent solutions.

Big Fish is perfect for corporate recruiters, aspiring or current TA leaders, executive search partners, or TA product vendors wondering what keeps Talent Acquisition Leaders up at night.

    Episode 20: Hiring with Emotional Intelligence: Kelley Shoemaker of Ryan Companies

    Episode 20: Hiring with Emotional Intelligence: Kelley Shoemaker of Ryan Companies

    Kelley Shoemaker is the Director of Recruiting at Minneapolis based Ryan Companies US, Inc., where she brings the emotional intelligence she has learned throughout her career to this people-centric business every day. In a business that thrives on diversity and productivity, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic and racial unrest of 2020, EI comes in handy! With previous experience in finance, operations, and advertising, Kelley brings a unique perspective to creating opportunities for those who desire to lead with confidence, ambition, and humility.

    In this episode, Erin and Kelley discuss the importance of inclusivity and diversity as well as learning from our past mistakes. Kelley maintains the key to success is pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone while keeping people at the forefront. She encourages those she mentors to find their voice, confidence, and gain an outside perspective, as they evolve into their greatest potential.

    Topics Discussed:


    Learning to balance confidence and humility
    The power of discovering great career options (eg. the Trades!) before High School
    The importance of hustle and why it’s necessary for long term goals
    How change accelerates our success and what we can learn from our mistakes
    Inspiring people to see different perspectives outside of their own
    Building authentic employment branding based on a strong corporate culture
    Inclusivity in the workforce through diverse voices and backgrounds
    Helping women find their confidence (and voice) in a male-dominated workplace
    How asking for help as a strength few possess
    Pushing ourselves to set big scary goals
    Learnings from adversity and life’s greatest challenges


    Connect with Kelley Shoemaker
    Company Website: https://ryancompanies.com
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelleyshoemaker/

    Connect with Erin Peterson

    Erin is a Talent Acquisition Consultant, Interim Leader and RPO Advisor with PeopleResults. She has led TA and RPO globally for some of the most successful organizations in the world including Accenture, Aon Hewitt, and Amazon.

    She translates her unique global experience to help clients with TA strategy, employment branding, onboarding, candidate experience, and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) decisions.


    Connect on Social

    Website: https://www.people-results.com
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/erinpeterson
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ErinMcPeterson

    • 35 min
    Episode 19: Katrina Collier, The Searchologist

    Episode 19: Katrina Collier, The Searchologist

    Katrina Collier, a.k.a. The Searchologist, is the highly sought after Recruitment facilitator, keynote speaker, author of The Robot-Proof Recruiter and The Robot-Recruiter Mastermind & Certification, co-host of The #SocialRecruiting Show, and founder of DisruptHR in the UK. Drawing on her early-career experience as a recruiter, sourcer, and manager, she has helped thousands globally become better TA professionals and grow their careers. Originally from Australia, Katrina now lives in London and brings an energetic, cheeky, and infectious style to the topic of humanizing recruiting.

    Even more interesting than her many accomplishments is her drive to do all of it with an eye to philanthropy. Her primary cause is Hope for Justice which aims to end human trafficking and modern slavery. Katrina uses every opportunity, including the proceeds from her book to boost their mission. For Katrina, personal values are intermingled with work, and she encourages all those she touches to work and serve with passion and authenticity to make a difference regardless of role or level, but especially for those who are leaders.

    Topics Discussed:


    Bringing human connectivity back into recruitment training
    Cultivating self-awareness, curiosity, and empathy as a recruiter
    Applying your values and strengths to the Candidate Experience
    The most critical considerations in the hiring process
    The number one thing that will stop candidate ghosting
    Bravery and fearlessness in giving feedback


    Connect with Katrina Collier


    Website: https://www.thesearchologist.com
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katrinacollier/?jobid=1234
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/KatrinaMCollier
    Podcast: https://www.thesearchologist.com/the-podcast/


    Resources


    Company Website: https://disrupthr.co
    The Robot-Proof Recruiter by Katrina Collier: https://www.thesearchologist.com/the-robot-proof-recruiter/
    The Robot-Proof Recruiter Mastermind: https://www.thesearchologist.com/mastermind/
    The Values Factor by John Demartiniti: https://www.amazon.com/Values-Factor-Creating-Inspired-Fulfilling/dp/0425264742

    Connect with Erin Peterson

    Erin is a Talent Acquisition Interim Leader and RPO Advisor with PeopleResults. She has led TA and RPO globally for some of the most successful organizations in the world including Accenture, Aon Hewitt, and Amazon.

    She translates her unique global experience to help clients with TA strategy, employment branding, onboarding, candidate experience, and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) decisions.


    Connect on Social
    Website: https://www.people-results.com
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/erinpeterson
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ErinMcPeterson

    • 34 min
    Episode 18: Nate Ollestad of Literati.com

    Episode 18: Nate Ollestad of Literati.com

    Nate Ollestad is no stranger to fast-growing companies, and it’s a good thing. As a tech recruiting veteran, he has cut his teeth in the agency world, then at Google, Rackspace, and Duo Security, and now applies that growth experience to building the team from the ground up at Literati.com, the “Stitch Fix™ of children’s books”. As the Austin, TX-based startup unintentionally benefits from the world sheltering in place during the Covid-19 pandemic, Nate and his team are meeting the challenge of doubling their employee base by blending “new school” technology with “old school” core recruiting fundamentals.

    In their discussion, Nate and Erin dig deep into what makes a strategic and credible leader, including knowing your craft and not being afraid to move around and toggle from leader to individual contributor to learn new skills. They also review the personal experiences and challenges that have helped Nate refine his style, his TA tech stack priorities, personal branding goals, and his best advice to future leaders.

    Enjoy this fun, casual and fast-paced discussion regarding all things TA and leadership.

    Topics Discussed:


    Understanding your “why?” in terms of the candidate experience
    The value of recruiting experience gained across different industries
    The importance of structured change management in business transitions
    Partnering with new TA technology and tool vendors to help them help you
    Striving for excellence and authenticity in leadership
    Giving back, contributing and mentoring the next generation of leaders

    Connect with Nate Ollestad


    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/nathanollestad
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/N8stad
    Company Website: https://literati.com/careers/

    Connect with Erin Peterson

    Erin is a Talent Acquisition Interim Leader and RPO Advisor with PeopleResults. She has led TA and RPO globally for some of the most successful organizations in the world including Accenture, Aon Hewitt, and Amazon.

    She translates her unique global experience to help clients with TA strategy, employment branding, onboarding, candidate experience, and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) decisions.


    Connect on Social
    Website: https://www.people-results.com
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/erinpeterson
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ErinMcPeterson

    • 30 min
    Episode 17: Robin Erickson of The Conference Board

    Episode 17: Robin Erickson of The Conference Board

    Robin Erickson is a Principal Researcher for The Conference Board and is a rare returning BFitTP guest. She has a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication and spent the majority of her career in professional services (#Deloitte, #EY, #McKinsey ) until she became a research analyst. She now conducts ground-breaking research on HR, Talent Acquisition, Engagement, and Retention best practices.

    In this interview, Robin shares her research with @TheConferenceBoard #TalentAcquisition pivots during the global pandemic. As we dig into how we can learn from and bounce back from COVID-19, Robin gives innovative examples from companies using the situation for good. Listen in and be inspired by how your company and team can seize positive and productive opportunities during COVID-19.

    Topics Discussed:

    ● Best Practices for helping employees impacted by the global pandemic
    ● Short vs. long-term goals during COVID-19
    ● Using the opportunity to work on employee engagement and a great candidate experience
    ● Practical ways to use technology to stay engaged
    ● Finding innovative alternatives to layoffs
    ● Ways to manage survivor guilt for employees left behind
    ● Finally using virtual interviews consistently (because of no alternative!)
    ● Pivoting TA resources to add value in other ways
    ● Bouncing back to the workplace when it’s deemed safe

    Connect with Robin Erickson
    ● LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/robinericksonphd
    ● Twitter: https://twitter.com/RAEricksonPhD

    Additional Resources from Robin Erickson and The Conference Board:

    ● Navigating Talent Acquisition in a Changing World
    https://conference-board.org/topics/natural-disasters-pandemics

    ● Finding Innovative Alternatives to Layoffs
    https://www.conference-board.org/publications/finding-alternatives-to-layoffs

    ● Conducting Compassionate Layoffs
    https://conference-board.org/publications/conducting-compassionate-layoffs

    For organizations starting to think about returning to the workplace:

    ● Through a Glass Darkly: Preparing to Return to the (Reimagined) Workplace
    https://conference-board.org/topics/natural-disasters-pandemics

    ● Reset & Recovery Planner: Return to the (Reimagined) Workplace (Excel)
    https://conference-board.org/publications/reset-and-recovery-planner

    ● Link to The Conference Board HC COVID-19 Curated Hub with all of their published content.
    https://conference-board.org/topics/covid-19-human-capital-responses

    Connect with Erin Peterson

    Erin is a Talent Acquisition Interim Leader and RPO Advisor with PeopleResults. She has led TA and RPO globally for some of the most successful organizations in the world including Accenture, Aon Hewitt, and Amazon.

    She translates her unique global experience to help clients with TA strategy, employment branding, onboarding, candidate experience, and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) decisions.


    Connect on Social
    ● Website: https://www.people-results.com
    ● LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/erinpeterson
    ● Twitter: https://twitter.com/ErinMcPeterson

    • 30 min
    Episode 16: Nancy Johnson of Adtalem Global Education

    Episode 16: Nancy Johnson of Adtalem Global Education

    Nancy Johnson, VP of Talent Acquisition and Development for workforce solutions provider Adtalem Global Education brings a wealth of cross-industry HR experience from organizations like Caremark, RR Donnelly, and SaraLee.

    In this interview, Nancy shares how in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, her teams are exercising agility, creativity, and continued productivity, leveraging their experiences from recent hurricane-impacted regions. No stranger to challenges, Nancy talks about her own “curiosity with a little bit of impatience” that has shaped her career choices, and the experiences that have taught her how to effectively influence strategy, drive change and manage internal politics - critical skills for current and future TA Leaders.

    Topics Discussed:


    The value of TA through the broader HR lens
    Agility as a key skill in response to global change
    Cultivating the “softer side” of relationships to accompany a bias for action
    Engaging internal customers on the bigger picture of TA metrics and anecdotes
    Adtalem Global Education’s pivot to 100% online courses for 30,000 nursing students to help meet the COVID-19 challenge

    Connect with Nancy Johnson


    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/nancy-johnson-59948727

    Connect with Erin Peterson

    Erin is a Talent Acquisition Interim Leader and RPO Advisor with PeopleResults. She has led TA and RPO globally for some of the most successful organizations in the world including Accenture, Aon Hewitt, and Amazon.

    She translates her unique global experience to help clients with TA strategy, employment branding, onboarding, candidate experience, and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) decisions.


    Connect on Social
    Website: https://www.people-results.com
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/erinpeterson
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ErinMcPeterson

    • 34 min
    Episode 15: Rob Dromgoole of Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

    Episode 15: Rob Dromgoole of Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

    Of all the Talent Acquisition Leader jobs I’ve seen, the most unique has to be Rob Dromgoole’s role at The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. And check your stereotypes about Native Americans at the door, because it’s not what you think. Their guiding principles are Faith, Family, and Culture, and The 10 Commandments are posted outside of every Choctaw Nation building. Servant leadership is the norm and they open every meeting with prayer.

    But Rob is no stranger to unique and challenging TA leader roles. He brings a load of experience recruiting impossible-to-find skill sets into out-of-the way geographies like Nuclear Engineers and Physicists to arid eastern Washington for Pacific Northwest National Laboratories.

    As a former editor and photojournalist for the US Army, Rob learned early in his career about the art of storytelling. Later while at Executive Search Firm ROI, Rob shares how his former boss would point out random individuals walking by in downtown Seattle and would ask him to “share their story”, as weaving an individual’s story eventually became a differentiator for him.

    We also discuss how Choctaw Nation’s diverse TA Team is navigating through the COVID-19 challenge, adapting to virtual work while supporting their need for connection with each other. When we focus on the needs of our own communities, Rob told me, we are able to create opportunities for others to grow and prosper.


    Topics Discussed:


    Why storytelling is essential to leadership and Talent Acquisition
    How diversity cultivates Choctaw’s strong community and TA team
    The importance of faith, family, and culture in Choctaw’s employment brand
    Navigating and adapting to change through a global pandemic
    Servant leadership as the key to Choctaw’s success


    Connect with Rob Dromgoole
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/dromgoole
    LinkedIn - CNO: https://www.linkedin.com/company/choctaw-nation-of-oklahoma/

    • 33 min

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Erin brings a freshness to every subject she tackles. I feel like I’m in the room with good friends, which makes each episode easy and inspiring to listen to! Even to non-HR people, the episodes are lively and interesting!

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Great practical conversations

As someone just learning the TA space, I have learned so much from Erin's podcast that I can apply to my business and my professional and personal relationships.

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Practical advice

So many good tips that anyone can apply to their work environment. The Gretchen Carlson interview is a must-listen. Left me with a lot to think about.

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