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.

EP 111 – The Differentiated Employer Brand

Maybe it's easy to talk about making an amazing employer brand when your consumer brand is famous, is infamous, is touched and known by its millions of customers. So how can you build an effective, differentiated employer brand when there's nothing obviously different...

EP 110 – The Recruiting Never Stops

If you think your jobs is to put butts in seats, your job ends the second that your hire shows up for work. But that's old world thinking. We live in a world in which we are perpetually recruiting, not to join a company, but to be engaged at work, to join a project,...

EP 109 – Choice and Confidence

You'd think offering candidates lots of choices would attract and close more offers. But that's not how it works. People think they want choice, but what they really want is certainty. Which means a recruiter should be focused on lowering uncertainty, not adding more...

EP 108 – Marie Kondo for Your Employer Brand

In the spirit of the patron saint of filling resale shops, we ask what Marie Kondo can tell us about approaching our recruitment marketing and employer brand tactics. Show notes:Talent Brand Summit in Austin (Mar) :: ERE (April) ::SHRM Talent (April) :: Yello User...

EP 107 – The Smallest Is The Biggest

For all the work you put into your employer brand, the most important part isn't leadership buy-in, creative tagline or campaigns. It has nothing to do with what you say, but everything with what you do. And that's the hardest lesson to learn. Show notes:Talent Brand...

EP 106 – The Woke Employer Brand

I'm certain that when I say the word "woke" I sound like an ass, but the new Gillette commercial has really forced us all to ask ourselves, "how woke should and can my employer brand be?" And that's what we'll talk about today. Lots of shoutouts in this one,...

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James Ellis, Employer Brand Nerd

James Ellis, Employer Brand Nerd

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“His out-of-the box thinking and daring honesty will change the way you think of recruiting completely.”
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EP 111 – The Differentiated Employer Brand

Maybe it's easy to talk about making an amazing employer brand when your consumer brand is famous, is infamous, is touched and known by its millions of customers. So how can you build an effective, differentiated employer brand when there's nothing obviously different...

EP 110 – The Recruiting Never Stops

If you think your jobs is to put butts in seats, your job ends the second that your hire shows up for work. But that's old world thinking. We live in a world in which we are perpetually recruiting, not to join a company, but to be engaged at work, to join a project,...

EP 109 – Choice and Confidence

You'd think offering candidates lots of choices would attract and close more offers. But that's not how it works. People think they want choice, but what they really want is certainty. Which means a recruiter should be focused on lowering uncertainty, not adding more...

EP 102 – The Wrong Question

If you're focused on being seen as a great place to work, as being an attractive employer, as having a string employer brand, you are asking yourself the wrong question to win the fight for talent. What's the right question? Tune in and find out. Show notes:Talent...

EP 101 – 2019 Predictions

In this episode, I pretend I can see the future! Also, if you want that $200 discount code to the Talent Brand Summit in Austin this Spring, just let me know! Show notes:Talent Brand Summit in Austin (Mar) Social Recruiting Summit in Atlanta (Jan)Employer Brand...

EP 100 – Zen and the Art of Employer Brand

On this, our one hundredth episode, I try to explain the entirety of employer branding in sixty seconds. No special effects or auditory/podcast tricks. No visual aids or speed talking. I just get to the never-stated core of employer branding. Oh, and I swear a lot....

EP 099 – I Hate Facebook / Advertising Is Not Marketing

It's been a rough week for Facebook, and all of the advertising market. This wouldn't be so much of an issue if so many recruitment and talent leaders weren't confusing advertising and marketing. They aren't the same. So here's my chance to scare you away from...

EP 098 – When It Gets Quiet

This is an epic opportunity! Between Thanksgiving and New Years, things get much slower. The pace of new requisitions dries up and it's time to think about the holiday party or next year's planning and budgeting. This is when you need to identify and launch that one...

EP 097 – Your Employer Brand IS Your Brand

I know that the consumer marketing team gets all the money and attention. But should they? Can a case be made to say that your employer brand is more important than consumer marketing? Or at least that the employer brand is the beating heart of all other marketing...