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Round Up September 2022


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 458: Recruiting & Retention In The Current Market

Ep 459: Underrepresented Communities of Talent

Ep 460: Equity & Inclusion

Ep 461: Talent Acquisition Realities

Ep 462: What’s New In Candidate Experience

Ep 463: Fractional Hiring

Ep 464: Optimization, Automation and Augmentation

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Matt Alder (0s):
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Matt Alder (1m 2s):
Hi there. This is Matt Alder. Welcome to the September roundup episode of the Recruiting Future Podcast. If you’ve not listened to Roundup before, it’s a short review of the episodes that I’ve published in the last month to make sure that you don’t miss out on the valuable insights my guests are sharing. You’ll have heard me just before the opening music asking if you’d be kind enough to take part in a very quick survey about the podcast. You can find it at It’ll take you less than two minutes to fill in and it would really help me shape the podcast for the future. September was another record month for the podcast, so a huge thank you to everyone who listened to one or more of the seven interviews with the nine amazing guests I spoke to.

Matt Alder (1m 52s):
After almost three years of constant disruption, the talent market still shows no signs of normalization, even with rising inflation and layoffs in some part of the economy, US and UK job openings remain at record highs. So what are the implications for employers recruiting in times of economics instability and a cost of living crisis? How do TA teams need to think and what are the most successful employers doing to hire and retain the talent they need? We kicked off the month with episode 458, and my guest was John Wilson, CEO of Total Jobs, which is part of the StepStone Group, one of the largest online recruitment companies in the world.

Matt Alder (2m 41s):
This means John has access to a vast amount of data and insights into the current hiring market, and we spoke about the current state of the market, the impact of high inflation and what the most successful employers are doing to deal with these challenging times. Effectively attracting, selecting and hiring people from underrepresented and marginalized groups is something that many employers aspire to. Unfortunately, only very few have the right strategies and resources in place to be set up for success. Having the right partners to work with is critical if companies are to truly understand the needs of the communities they want to work with.

Matt Alder (3m 25s):
The brilliant Roy Ballad, founder of Jobs for Humanity was my guest for episode 459. Jobs for Humanity works to connect historically underrepresented talent to welcoming employers via training and technology, and Roy has some extremely valuable insights to share. Continuing this theme, it’s been encouraging to be able to bring so many stories to the podcast about employers who are working to connect with historically marginalized groups and who are embracing more open approaches to their hiring. However, diverse hiring is pointless without addressing equity and inclusion at a systemic level within organizations.

Matt Alder (4m 12s):
Dr. Tina Opie and Dr. Beth Livingston, authors of the recently published book Shared Sisterhood were my guests on episode 460. Shared Sisterhood embodies a practical methodology that gives employees a starting point with diversity, equity, and inclusion. It inspires employees to explore their personal assumptions, build connection, and take collective action. In the light of all that’s going on in the world at the moment. It’s safe to say that I’ve never known a more disruptive, uncertain, and confusing time in talent acquisition. With so much complexity in the market, it can be challenging for TA teams to get a clear picture of what’s happening outside of their own organization.

Matt Alder (5m 1s):
My guest on episode 461 was Sven Elbert Senior Analyst at Fosway Group. Fosway is Europe’s leading HR industry analyst and has recently published its Talent Acquisition Realities 2022 report, a piece of research that looks at the key challenges, trends, and forces TA teams are currently dealing with. This conversation is a must listen for anyone wanting an independent view of what’s going on in the market. Episode 462 was a special crossover episode with the Talent Savvy Podcast hosted by Bas van de Haterd and Marlies Farril.

Matt Alder (5m 43s):
It was a pleasure to join them for a conversation about the latest thinking in candidate experience, undoubtedly an evergreen topic in talent acquisition. If you’ve not listened to the Talent Savvy podcast before, I would highly recommend subscribing for a great mix of informed opinion and practical advice.

2 (6m 5s):
With continuing skill shortages and massive disruption to how and where work is done. It’s not surprising to see innovation as employers start to think differently about talent. Fractional hiring is rising and has some significant benefits to employers and employees, but what is it? How does it work, and how is it different from traditional interim and contract hiring? On Episode 463, my guest was Matt Widows, CEO of Maven. Maven is a globally dispersed network of specialized former growth leaders at iconic tech brands, all of whom are working fractionally, and Matt has some unique insights to share on this growing trend.

Matt Alder (6m 55s):
Continuing the theme of market disruption. As talent acquisition teams rapidly adapt to disruptive times, innovative ways of working and new technologies are being adopted at an unprecedented pace. So where are the most successful TA teams focusing? And what are the mindset shifts we’re now seeing in the industry? My guest on episode 464 was Will Stanley, founder of Proactive Talent and co-founder of Industry Community, The Talent Brand Alliance. Will has a long history of innovation in talent acquisition and shared his insights into the short term and long-term strategies.

Matt Alder (7m 35s):
The most successful TA teams are currently building,

2 (7m 40s):
So onwards into October, and the full conference season continues next week, sieze the return of Unleashed World in Paris after a three year gap. I’ll be there hosting a panel on talent acquisition on the first morning and podcasting from the floor of the expo for the rest of the event, come and find me and say hello, and you might end up being part of my Unleashed Podcast. If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to this podcast in Apple podcasts on Spotify or via your podcasting app of choice. You can also search the past episodes at on that site you can also subscribe to the mailing list to get the inside track about everything that’s coming up on the show.

2 (8m 27s):
Thanks very much for listening. I’ll be back next time and I hope you’ll join me.

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