The world’s most caffeinated employer branding and recruitment marketing podcast

The employer brand podcast dedicated to making you smarter about recruiting and hiring

Its time to re-invent employer branding, recruiting and hiring from the ground up! If you’re ready to throw off the shackles of conventional recruiting and employer brand thinking, this is the podcast for you.

Nothing idea is safe. No best practice is sacred. Here, get serious about what works, so that you can punch above your weight in the war for talent.

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A Better Resume

EP 190 – A Better Resume

Looking for a job? Yeah, I hear you. Looking for a job is the WORST! But you can take a bunch of lessons from your own employer branding work to create a resume that isn’t just “good,” but helps you stand out and get the job you want.

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EP 178 – Fan Fiction and Brand Universes

Some stories are so engaging and attractive that other people extend them, telling stories you never envisioned.  Which, to be fair, is what you should want from your employer brand. Show notes: Talent Chooses You: Hire Better with Employer Branding is available for...

Ep 177 – You Can’t Party at Lolla Anymore (with Rob Stevenson)

For those of you old enough to remember, there was a time when music came on vinyl (sit down old man!). There was a thing (mostly in the punk world) called a "split single," where two bands who were friends would each take a side of the single. In a similar punk...

EP 176 – Taking Your Employer Brand Beyond the Obvious

Call it "employer blanding" or even "the sea of sameness," but there's a valid reason to think all employer brands look and feel the same. But that's not a rule or anything. The trick is learning how to push beyond the obvious to understand your talent targets and...

EP 175 – The Impossible Employer Brand Metric

Let us be blunt: the metrics we often use (time to fill, funnel conversion rates, quality of hire, cost per hire, etc) are... imprecise. And to be even more blunt, they aren't the kind of metrics that anyone outside of TA cares about. But what if there was one metric...

EP 174 – Creative vs Position

We all strive to build brand messages that stand out, that stick in people's minds long after they have been seen. So, how do you make that happen? Your instinct might be to ratchet up the creativity, to focus on making something unusual or with exceptional amounts of...

EP 173 – Finite and Infinite

Most recruiting functions work (and treat candidates) as if there's always more fish in the sea. They act as if there are an unlimited supply of candidates, so their job is to just find more. But what about in circumstances where there is a fixed number of potential...

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James Ellis, Employer Brand Nerd

James Ellis, Employer Brand Nerd

EP 178 – Fan Fiction and Brand Universes

Some stories are so engaging and attractive that other people extend them, telling stories you never envisioned.  Which, to be fair, is what you should want from your employer brand. Show notes: Talent Chooses You: Hire Better with Employer Branding is available for...

Ep 177 – You Can’t Party at Lolla Anymore (with Rob Stevenson)

For those of you old enough to remember, there was a time when music came on vinyl (sit down old man!). There was a thing (mostly in the punk world) called a "split single," where two bands who were friends would each take a side of the single. In a similar punk...

EP 176 – Taking Your Employer Brand Beyond the Obvious

Call it "employer blanding" or even "the sea of sameness," but there's a valid reason to think all employer brands look and feel the same. But that's not a rule or anything. The trick is learning how to push beyond the obvious to understand your talent targets and...

EP 169 – Strength in Diversity

It feels to me that we often talk about the connection between diversity and employer brand as if its obvious, but is it really? In this conversation with my friend Madison Butler, VP of People at Sourced Craft Cocktails, we try to explore about the connection between...

EP 168 – Strategy, After the Fact

It really is a rare day when someone says, "go ahead and build our employer brand. We'll stand still for a few weeks or months while you figure it out..." More often, we are building a brand on top of existing ideas, collateral and content, trying to disparate ideas...

EP 167 – Beyond the New Normal

This episode is a kind of natural second chapter to last week's Employer Brand In The Time of COVID. In that episode, we talked about how you need to start thinking about how to manage your brand when physical proximity can't be an assumption. In this episode, we go...

Ep 166 – Employer Branding in the Time of COVID-19

Well, it seems like we're all working remotely all of a sudden, huh?  Welcome to the new normal. While there are plenty of resources on how to manage employees and manage yourself in a remote-office situation, no one has asked how we're going to manage our employer...

EP 165 – How Does It Feel?

If you take the definition of employer branding literally, you might be inclined to make employer brands for all the various teams, offices and roles within your company. I mean, that's how you're going to explain "what it's like to work here" with any kind of...

EP 164 – Employer Brand for Retention

We all know our first job is (or expected to be) one of attraction. And we all know that if we build a strong brand, it will impact retention. But how many of us are intentionally involving ourselves in the thorny retention issues of the company? In this episode, we...