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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 172 – What Really Changed?

In the last two months, we've seen changes to almost every aspect of our lives, both professionally and personally. So it might stand to reason that our employer brands should change, too. But is that true? Perhaps the answer to that question may determine how...

EP 171 – The Four Drivers of Employer Brand

By now, you've been thinking about how your employer brand needs to react in light of...[looks around]... well, everything. Whether you inherited your brand or defined it yourself, things have changes and your brand needs to reflect it. But if you just slap a new...

EP 170 – Culture Wars

What is culture? And why is it I can still ask that question? You'd think after countless books, articles, podcasts, lectures and TED talks, we'd all know what we mean by culture. And yet, that doesn't seem to be the case. If you define your culture by your perks,...

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...

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James Ellis, Employer Brand Nerd

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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...

EP 163 – The Authenticity Illusion

We all "know" that the employer brander's mantra is to create an authentic brand. What does that even mean? Is that even achievable? Is that even really a thing? Sadly, we've all brainwashed each other and ourselves into aspiring to something that crumbles with any...

EP 162 – Working with Recruiters

While your employer brand is really owned by everyone in your company, your recruiters do a great deal of heavy lifting to communicate, frame and amplify your branding message. So why do so many push back on your work? Don't they know that you're trying to help...

EP 161 – The Modular Employer Brand

The mistake in employer branding is to treat the brand as monolithic, as a single tagline repeated until you are blue in the face. In reality, a strong brand is modular, allowing you to pick and choose how to present it to various audiences while still maintaining a...

EP 160 – Three Minds of Employer Branding

In the beginning, many of us saw (and our bosses saw) employer branding as "stuff that needed to get done and solved." But as we solved issues, we started asking, "is this the right problem to solve?" and "how can we solve this issue so it never happens again?"  But...

EP 159 – Employer Brand, Fast and Slow

Most employer brand professionals and practitioners or driven (and often pushed) to solve immediate problems, the kind that have immediate impacts, the kind others can see. But solving those kind of "urgent, but not always important" problems is now you you'll succeed...

EP 158 – Lean Into the Suck with Elena Valentine

In this long conversation with the one and only Elena Valentine, we get into what employer branding means, branding fan fiction, telling better stories and all sorts of other goodies. Don't miss this one! Show notes:What?! You don't know Elena Valentine?! Twitter,...