Ep 137: AI And The Future Of Work

Ep 137: AI And The Future Of Work

As regular listeners of this show will know, Artificial Intelligence and its implication for work and jobs is a favourite topic. I feel that it is imperative to keep on exploring it from different viewpoints as it is such a crucial theme for the future of Recruiting and HR.

As regular listeners of this show will know, Artificial Intelligence and its implication for work and jobs is a favourite topic. I feel that it is imperative to keep on exploring it from different viewpoints as it is such a crucial theme for the future of Recruiting and HR.

With that is mind I’m delighted that my guest this week is Byron Reese, futurist, author and publisher at leading technology research and media company Gigaom. Byron has recently written a critically acclaimed book called “The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers and The Future Of Humanity” and has some fascinating views on the future of jobs and work.

In the interview we discuss:

• Three possible future scenarios for the job market post automation

• Why Byron holds an optimistic view on the future of employment

• What skills are important as things change

• Why automating jobs often creates more demand for the skills being automated

• The biggest popular misconception about the capability of AI

Byron also give his advice as to what recruiting, and HR professionals should be doing now to prepare for the future of work

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AI And The Future Of Work

Ep 136: Recruiting Automation

Ep 136: Recruiting Automation

One of the most prominent topics I hear being debated at the moment, both among my clients and at the events I’m attending, is recruiting automation. But what is recruiting automation? What are the benefits and just how far down the road of automation have employers got?

One of the most prominent topics I hear being debated at the moment, both among my clients and at the events I’m attending, is recruiting automation. But what is recruiting automation? What are the benefits and just how far down the road of automation have employers got?

To help me answer these questions, my guest this week is Tim Pröhm, Global Practice Strategy Lead at KellyOCG. As well as Tim having hands-on experience in this area, KellyOCG has recently published some extensive research on digital disruption and automation in recruiting.

In the interview we discuss:

• The common recruiting challenges Tim is seeing in the market

• What is recruiting automation, what is possible and what is the uptake like?

• What advantages are companies at the vanguard of recruiting automation getting?

• The capability gap

• The danger of being burnt by bad or oversold technology

• Why companies need to take a more holistic view of talent

Tim also shares his thoughts on the future of the industry and tells us what developments he is most excited about

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Ep 135: Blockchain Explained

Ep 135: Blockchain Explained

A few weeks ago I interviewed Rob McCargow from PwC to get clarity around the role AI is likely to play in HR and Recruiting. Once the current excitement round AI has calmed down a bit it’s pretty clear to me that Blockchain is going to be the next big talking point in the industry.

A few weeks ago I interviewed Rob McCargow from PwC to get clarity around the role AI is likely to play in HR and Recruiting. Once the current excitement round AI has calmed down a bit it’s pretty clear to me that Blockchain is going to be the next big talking point in the industry. It is also evident that there is currently very little practical understanding of the implications of Blockchain for HR and Recruiting.

To help me solve this problem my guest this week is Seamus Cushley who has responsibility for PwC’s Global Blockchain Lab. If you work for an employer or a tech vendor Blockchain has significant long-term implications for you so this interview should be a must listen.

In the interview we discuss:

• What is Blockchain and why should we care about it

• The problem/opportunity lens

• The potential applications of Blockchain in HR and Recruiting

• Disrupting the recruitment process with “smart contracts.”

• Likely timescales for adoption and the challenge of integration into existing systems

• Is Blockchain revolution or evolution

Seamus also gives some advice to employers and HR Tech vendors on what they should be doing now to prepare for Blockchain.

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Ep 134: Cognitive Recruiting

Ep 134: Cognitive Recruiting

Technology is changing everything. Although there is still much debate about the actual pace of change in talent acquisition, most people would agree that the change taking place is fundamental. A good way to sense check what is really happening is to explore how one of the companies who is architecting the AI revolution is changing its own approach to talent acquisition.

Technology is changing everything. Although there is still much debate about the actual pace of change in talent acquisition, most people would agree that the change taking place is fundamental. A good way to sense check what is really happening is to explore how one of the companies who is architecting the AI revolution is changing its own approach to talent acquisition.

My guest this week is Kevin Blair, Global VP of Talent Acquisition at IBM. In our interview, Kevin shares insights into how IBM is transforming their talent acquisition by applying their own technology and he also talks about the agile approach they are using to make it happen.

In the interview we discuss:

• IBM’s recruiting challenges in an ever more competitive market

• Competitive advantage via differentiated thinking

• Sourcing using skills and success profiles

• Helping candidates navigate opportunities using Watson AI as opposed to binary one directional searching

• Creating deeper engagement via technology in the onboarding process

• Agile talent acquisition methodologies and design thinking for co-creation

Kevin also shares his thoughts on the future role of recruiters in a world dominated by technology.

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Ep 133: Boomerang Hiring

Ep 133: Boomerang Hiring

When we were researching our book, “Exceptional Talent”, it became apparent that boomerang hiring and proactive alumni relations were areas of massively untapped potential for most employers. My guest this week is Lee Caraher, Founder and CEO of PR and Influencer Marketing Agency Double Forte.

When we were researching our book, “Exceptional Talent”, it became apparent that boomerang hiring and proactive alumni relations were areas of massively untapped potential for most employers.

My guest this week is Lee Caraher, Founder and CEO of PR and Influencer Marketing Agency Double Forte. Boomerang hirings and alumni relations have played an enormous role in the success of Lee’s agency. So much so that she has written a book on the topic, “The Boomerang Principle.”

In the interview we discuss:

• The strategic advantage companies gain via boomerang hiring

• Modern job tenure challenges and changing attitudes towards leavers

• The importance of owning your alumni network

• The power of relationship continuity and high-quality content

Lee also gives her definition of a high-performance culture and shares her views on the future of work.

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