Recruiting Trailblazers

Recruiting Trailblazers

Learn how the best recruiters do it! Marcus Edwardes deconstructs the mindset, methods, and magic of top practitioners in the recruiting profession. Marcus talks to internal recruiters, talent acquisition professionals, agency recruiters, personal branding specialists, recruiting technology vendors, and recruiting technology specialists. If you are looking for a job in recruiting or looking to change jobs in recruiting - this is a great place to improve your skills and understanding of what's working for successful recruiters. Informative discussions about candidate experience, personal branding, sourcing for candidates, recruiting and recruitment technology, LinkedIn, and how to use LinkedIn properly. And of course, candidate outreach and the need for personalization to differentiate oneself as a "relationship recruiter" as opposed to a "transactional recruiter". Work from home/ remote work is also a recurring topic. One of the central themes is the idea that recruiters need to prioritize their candidate's needs before their own needs - it's when you build a solid relationship and become a trusted advisor to candidates, that the magic really starts to happen as a recruiter.


June 2, 2023 38 mins

In this episode of Recruiting Trailblazers, host Marcus Edwardes interviews Patrick Sirmeyer, the CEO of Luxus Plus, a multi-vertical recruitment firm based in Florida, and co-founder of Privy, a career coaching platform for employers and employees. Patrick discusses the specialties and multiple offerings of his firm and the state of competition in the Orlando area. He also shares insights on the job market and the use of chat GPT ...

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In this episode of Recruiting Trailblazers, host Marcus Edwardes interviews Andrew Lewis, Head of Talent for Worldly, a sustainability insights platform for consumer goods industries. They discuss Andrew's philosophy and LinkedIn posts as well as news stories related to talent acquisition. The episode is sponsored by Great Recruiters, an online reputation management platform for recruiters.



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In this era of rapid digital transformation, we are witnessing the remarkable power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in unlocking the potential of recruiters. By seamlessly integrating AI into the recruitment process, we empower recruiters with valuable tools and insights to make informed decisions and find the perfect fit for organizations and candidates alike. With AI, recruiters enhance candidate experiences and, ultimately, buil...

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As a recruiter, relying solely on cold outreach to find and attract talent can be a challenging and time-consuming process. Fortunately, social media has revolutionized the recruitment landscape, providing recruiters a powerful platform to connect with potential candidates, build their brand, and establish relationships with active and passive job seekers. By leveraging the right social media platforms and strategies, recruiters ca...

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In this episode, Marcus Edwardes speaks with Chris Allaire, Co-Founder and COO of Averity. Chris is also an entrepreneur, pilot, avid golfer, pretty awesome cook, crab cake connoisseur, guitar player, and a proud husband and father.

Listen in as Chris shares the best time to recruit people, what it takes to start a successful recruiting agency, and the importance of relationships.

Chris addresses the usefulness of AI tools in the ind...

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In this episode, Marcus Edwardes speaks with Scott Whiteford, Director of Leadership Analytics at Talent Plus. Scott also serves as a Sociology of Leadership Instructor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, an Algebra e-Leadership MBA Lecturer, and as an advisor for Upheaval.

Listen in as Scott shares the best and worse approaches to retention, the true value of experience, and how organizations can evaluate their employees’ streng...

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Marcus and Julie ask ChatGPT to recommend the top 10 film that Recruiters should watch - and then they discuss them!

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In this episode, Marcus Edwardes speaks with Adam Conrad, Founder of Great Recruiters. Adam has over 24 years of experience in the staffing industry. Adam is passionate about helping people reach their full potential, both professionally and personally.

Listen in as Adam shares his experience at the Staffing Industry Analysts Conference, using automation in recruiting, and the importance of building relationships.

Adam addresses Chat...

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In this episode, Marcus Edwardes speaks with Khang Nguyen, VP of Sales and Operations at CTP Consulting. He brings over 20 years of experience in the technology staffing and consulting space, including over 14 in a leadership capacity. His experience spans from small, start-up environments, to large enterprise, publicly traded organizations.

Khang and his family back the No Kid Hungry campaign and the Nephrotic Syndrome Foundation (...

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In this episode, Marcus Edwardes speaks with Ryan Musselman, who began his career as a recruiter for a regional credit union. For the past 16 years, he has been building content businesses across the digital realm as a senior executive.

As the Founder of Parade Studio, he creates full-service content programs for executives, recruiters, and sellers who don’t have the time to post on LinkedIn, but who do want to build a very strong p...

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This week Marcus laments the biggest missed opportunity in Recruiting and how to adopt a 2-step strategy to resolve and emerge victorious with a robust referral, recommendation, and information network.

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Marcus chats with Brian FInk about the impact of psychological safety in the workplace.

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Marcus opines on why he thinks tenure is so overrated as a measure of reliability, steadfastness, and loyalty. Bottom line - Hiring managers are missing out big time on some of the best candidates available if they only consider candidates with a history of long tenure at previous employers!

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In this episode, Marcus Edwardes speaks with Hannah Jane. She has over 17 years in talent acquisition leadership and people operations.

She’s a Talent Business Partner for Team Union, which specializes not only in recruiting for startups, but also in creating processes, best practices, and policy to help companies succeed in the entire recruiting and hiring process.

Listen in as Hannah discusses the intake call and strategy, the inte...

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In this episode, Marcus Edwardes speaks with Jared Watts, Director of Talent at Vantaca, a community-managed performance software company based in North Carolina.

Previously, Jared worked on the agency side in executive search and spent five years playing professional soccer in the MLS. He played for both the Colorado Rapids and the Houston Dynamo, and was the 33rd overall pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.

He captained the Under 17 Wo...

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In this episode, Marcus Edwardes speaks with Robin Choy, CEO of HireSweet, a talent acquisition platform built to empower outbound data-driven recruiting teams. He is the host of the A-Players podcast.

Robin wrote an excellent guide for recruiters called The Definitive Guide to Sourcing in Recruiting (, which breaks down the process into four key steps: preparation, sourcing, contact...

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In this episode - Marcus presents a few very good reasons why Recruiters find In House recruiting so rewarding before he gives a few excellent reasons why you might consider a move back to Agency Recruitment!

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In this episode, Marcus Edwardes once again speaks with Vanessa Raath, a freelance sourcer, a global talent sourcing trainer, an international keynote speaker, and a wildlife photographer. She recently founded the online educational platform, Vanessa Raath Academy.

Listen in as Vanessa shares what sourcers can do to be steps ahead of the competition once the economy regains its momentum.

She talks about automation tools that have ris...

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In this episode, Marcus Edwardes speaks with Maddie Loomis, the Founder of Advanced Scope Talent. The company matches clinicians to great practices. Maddie describes herself as a “talent guru” and “a laughable CrossFit athlete”!

Listen in as Maddie discusses what it takes to start your own agency, drawing from her own experience establishing Advanced Scope Talent in 2021.

She breaks down the whole process, from establishing an LLC to...

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In this episode, Marcus Edwardes speaks with returning Mark White, The LinkedIn Professional. He specializes in helping you unlock the value in LinkedIn—something he has been doing since 2009.

Mark delivers customized training to students across the globe, from workshops to virtual classes to 1-to-1 coaching sessions.

Listen in as Mark discusses how LinkedIn fared in 2022 and why he believes that LinkedIn’s recruiter platform should ...

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