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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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    • 4.7 • 75 Ratings

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

    Redefining Expertise

    Redefining Expertise

    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?

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    • 26 min
    Rain, Whisky and Robots

    Rain, Whisky and Robots

    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

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    • 34 min
    Hard Skills & Soft Skills

    Hard Skills & Soft Skills

    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

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    • 27 min
    Round Up May 2024

    Round Up May 2024

    Download My Free Whitepaper - “10 Ways AI Will Transform Talent Acquisition” 

    Check out my new course on planning strategically for the future - Trend Spotting

    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

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    • 13 min
    TA On The Brink Of Revolution

    TA On The Brink Of Revolution

    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.

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    • 47 min
    Breaking The Rainbow Ceiling

    Breaking The Rainbow Ceiling

    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


    Equity in talent management

    Advice to employers on inclusive hiring

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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
75 Ratings

75 Ratings

Mridu Parikh ,

A Must-Listen!

If you’re in HR, this podcast is a no brainer and a must listen! Matt and his guests provide practical and valuable advice and cover so many topics from resilience to talent acquistion to AI. Matt is consistently thought provoking and insightful. Don’t think about it - subscribe now.

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

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