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S4 E110 | CXR Podcast: Anoop Gupta CareerXroads

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Welcome to the CXR channel, our premier podcast for talent acquisition and talent management listen in as the CXR community discusses a wide range of topics focused on attracting, engaging and retaining the best talent. We're glad you're here.Chris Hoyt, CXR 0:21 Welcome to another show everybody. I am Chris Hoyt, president of CareerXroads, aka CXR. It's a mouthful. And today on our podcast show, we've got Anoop Gupta dear friend, he is the co-founder and CEO of Seekout. Anoop, welcome to the show.Anoop Gupta, Seekout 0:37 Hey, Chris, so nice to be here today.Chris Hoyt, CXR 0:40 It's great to have you back. You're in Seattle?Anoop Gupta, Seekout 0:43 Yes, yes, we are Seattle based close to Microsoft.Chris Hoyt, CXR 0:47 Nice and are are all of you there, you kind of spread out as your team kind of spread out every while we are around 1/3 or remote.Anoop Gupta, Seekout 0:55 Two thirds are in the Seattle area. But the number of people coming to office is still very small.Chris Hoyt, CXR 1:03 Alright, and you just love it out there. Right? It's just a good. So I know you got some Microsoft roots. You're mentioned of Microsoft.Anoop Gupta, Seekout 1:09 Yeah, I spent 18 years at Microsoft before starting Seekout and yeah, we have a roots. and it's a lovely place. You know, I moved from Stanford as a barrier to Seattle 22 years ago. And it was always the case, you know, I'll be going to go back. I was attending a faculty at Stanford. But after one year, my wife said, We are staying here and we love the mountains, the lakes, the water, you know, so it's a great place to be.Chris Hoyt, CXR 1:40 Yeah it's a beautiful part of the country. So I think we asked from time to time we have some folks come on the show to just talk about a topic. And we spend about 10 minutes on one that that the guests and I just sort of pick sometimes out of the air sometimes because everybody's talking about it sometimes because it's just a pet project or a passion project of the guests. And you and I arrived at the point of talking point of DE&I and what the organizations perhaps could be doing a little better, did we not?Anoop Gupta, Seekout 2:12 Yes, yes. We talked about intent versus impact.Chris Hoyt, CXR 2:18 It's a great phrase, I love that phrase. I stole it from Rocki Howard, I'm pretty sure we got to give her complete credit for it. But it's a wonderful phrase. And it is the difference of, you know, making a lot of noise versus making some kind of difference. Right? And and so I'll just lob it to you, we can just jump right in and talk for a couple minutes around, do you see an area of opportunity for employers, whether they be on the vendor side or the corporate side or whatever, for employers to to make more of a difference, not just not just some standing on a soapbox, and yelling about how things should be different? But do you see a lot of opportunity, or some chance for employers to take note and actually move the needle a little bit?Chris, So my this thing is, you know, last year has brought to the forefront. The racial and ethnic inequities that we have, and lots of CEOs and C suite is talking about change. So I think talking about it is also important, and is a first step to say we want to make a difference, right? So the CEOs can come here is a target that we want to set for this coming year. But then it falls to often to the HR ta organizations to say how do we translate all of those good intentions into real action and measurable results? That is where we think you know, we can others can technology can attitudes can rally how and using data as an ally to making real difference that is there and would love to dig in.I think data is an incredible weapon when used correctly, right? WhenAnoop Gupta, Seekout 4:06 Yes,Chris Hoyt, CXR 4:06 When we lean in and actually use it correctly and not just use it as a as a talking point, his particular set of data, a particular piece of that or an example that you've seen where where it actual...

Welcome to the CXR channel, our premier podcast for talent acquisition and talent management listen in as the CXR community discusses a wide range of topics focused on attracting, engaging and retaining the best talent. We're glad you're here.Chris Hoyt, CXR 0:21 Welcome to another show everybody. I am Chris Hoyt, president of CareerXroads, aka CXR. It's a mouthful. And today on our podcast show, we've got Anoop Gupta dear friend, he is the co-founder and CEO of Seekout. Anoop, welcome to the show.Anoop Gupta, Seekout 0:37 Hey, Chris, so nice to be here today.Chris Hoyt, CXR 0:40 It's great to have you back. You're in Seattle?Anoop Gupta, Seekout 0:43 Yes, yes, we are Seattle based close to Microsoft.Chris Hoyt, CXR 0:47 Nice and are are all of you there, you kind of spread out as your team kind of spread out every while we are around 1/3 or remote.Anoop Gupta, Seekout 0:55 Two thirds are in the Seattle area. But the number of people coming to office is still very small.Chris Hoyt, CXR 1:03 Alright, and you just love it out there. Right? It's just a good. So I know you got some Microsoft roots. You're mentioned of Microsoft.Anoop Gupta, Seekout 1:09 Yeah, I spent 18 years at Microsoft before starting Seekout and yeah, we have a roots. and it's a lovely place. You know, I moved from Stanford as a barrier to Seattle 22 years ago. And it was always the case, you know, I'll be going to go back. I was attending a faculty at Stanford. But after one year, my wife said, We are staying here and we love the mountains, the lakes, the water, you know, so it's a great place to be.Chris Hoyt, CXR 1:40 Yeah it's a beautiful part of the country. So I think we asked from time to time we have some folks come on the show to just talk about a topic. And we spend about 10 minutes on one that that the guests and I just sort of pick sometimes out of the air sometimes because everybody's talking about it sometimes because it's just a pet project or a passion project of the guests. And you and I arrived at the point of talking point of DE&I and what the organizations perhaps could be doing a little better, did we not?Anoop Gupta, Seekout 2:12 Yes, yes. We talked about intent versus impact.Chris Hoyt, CXR 2:18 It's a great phrase, I love that phrase. I stole it from Rocki Howard, I'm pretty sure we got to give her complete credit for it. But it's a wonderful phrase. And it is the difference of, you know, making a lot of noise versus making some kind of difference. Right? And and so I'll just lob it to you, we can just jump right in and talk for a couple minutes around, do you see an area of opportunity for employers, whether they be on the vendor side or the corporate side or whatever, for employers to to make more of a difference, not just not just some standing on a soapbox, and yelling about how things should be different? But do you see a lot of opportunity, or some chance for employers to take note and actually move the needle a little bit?Chris, So my this thing is, you know, last year has brought to the forefront. The racial and ethnic inequities that we have, and lots of CEOs and C suite is talking about change. So I think talking about it is also important, and is a first step to say we want to make a difference, right? So the CEOs can come here is a target that we want to set for this coming year. But then it falls to often to the HR ta organizations to say how do we translate all of those good intentions into real action and measurable results? That is where we think you know, we can others can technology can attitudes can rally how and using data as an ally to making real difference that is there and would love to dig in.I think data is an incredible weapon when used correctly, right? WhenAnoop Gupta, Seekout 4:06 Yes,Chris Hoyt, CXR 4:06 When we lean in and actually use it correctly and not just use it as a as a talking point, his particular set of data, a particular piece of that or an example that you've seen where where it actual...

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