Top 10 podcasts for recruiters and HR professionals

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Charlotte Hall
July 29, 2021
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Podcasts are a fantastic way to learn about new trends and optimise your HR and recruiting strategies. They create the perfect backdrop whilst cooking or relaxing in the bath, for me at least! It’s fascinating to hear the inside stories from peers organisations, how they’ve tackled the same challenges we’re facing. All whilst taking the new covid pup or baby for a walk, using your time effectively to learn on-demand through podcasts.

Fortunately for us in Talent & HR, there’s a wealth of content out there. To help you filter the signal from the noise and to save you from trawling through hundreds of options, we’ve whittled down our top 10 favourite Talent and HR podcasts. Ranging from culture, candidate experience, DE&I to talent hacks for scale-ups, there’s something for everyone.

The Chad & Cheese Podcast (the most dangerous HR podcast!)

The Chad & Cheese Podcast (the most dangerous HR podcast!)

  • Hosts: Chad and Cheese
  • Episodes: 711
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Best for: If you’re feeling dangerous
  • What they say: Industry veterans Joel Cheesman and Chad Sowash are here to punch the recruiting industry right where it hurts, complete with breaking news, brash opinion, and loads of snark. Chad & Cheese discuss a wide variety of topics and current news stories around recruiting, human resources, and employment. Hiring companies, employers, and vendors tune in for insights from practitioners, vendors, startups, and more.
  • What we say: very entertaining, they don’t take themselves too seriously, and for anybody who spotted them at Recfest in 2019, it probably wouldn’t be unusual to have a whiskey on hand whilst listening to an episode. It’s not for you if you don’t like sarcasm or swearing.

There’s this thing at work... podcast by CharlieHR

  • Episodes: 10
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Best for: Tackling real-life work situations from inspirational leaders.
  • What they say: We’re getting into the real problems in modern workplaces with candid experiences and honest advice from our changing panel of successful People professionals in small businesses.
  • What we think: CharlieHR has taken a different approach to podcasting, with their second HR podcast in that each episode has useful insights from a changing panel of five industry leaders; Rajeeb Dey, Founder & CEO at Learnerbly, April Williams, Founder at Can?Did! HR & Talent Consultant, Charlotte Hamil, COO & Partner at Born Social, Jessica Hayes, COO Whereby, and Tom Fraine, Chief People Officer at Bulb.
Neurodiversity: Eliminating Kryptonite & Enabling Superheroes

Neurodiversity: Eliminating Kryptonite & Enabling Superheroes

  • Host: Theo Smith
  • Episodes: 31
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Best for: Diversity of thought
  • What they say: Neurodiversity - Eliminating Kryptonite & Enabling Superheroes is the Podcast that brings diversity of thought to life. In this Podcast we will be hearing from: The Rainmakers: Those people and organisations making the difference! The Advocates: Those people who are supporting Neurodiversity at Work. The Superheroes: Those leaders who are Neurodifferent and proud. This podcast will be the game changer we are all after. Our very own Theo Smith is your host, a loud and proud Neurodifferent, Neurodiversity advocate ;O)
  • What we say: Firstly, T to the O, Theo is a top bloke with a capital T! A perfect listen to learn more about a new topic, that’s rightly getting more exposure. If you don’t know about neurodiversity, this is your podcast!
Recruiting Future with Matt Alder

Recruiting Future

  • Episodes: 382
  • Best for: Anyone interested in talent acquisition and technological innovation in recruitment and beyond
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • What they say: Innovation and futurology in Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing and HR Technology. Matt Alder interviews thought leaders who are influencing and changing an industry.
  • What we say: The go-to podcast for everyone and anyone associated with talent acquisition. From practical advice to the future of TA, you’ll find a treasure trove of information and innovation from the huge backlist of episodes.

Talent Hacks for scaleups

  • Host: Sophie Power
  • Episodes: 12
  • Best for: Companies looking to scale at speed, talent professions looking for quick hacks on HR and recruitment.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • What they say: This is Talent hacks for scale-ups. The show where we share hacks from industry leaders that are building HR and Talent functions at Europe’s top scale-ups whilst in mid-flight.
  • What we say: The biggest introduction to lively conversations with some of the nicest and most genuine leaders in recruitment and HR.
The Culture First Podcast

The Culture First Podcast

  • Episodes: 31
  • Best for: Culture
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • What they say: Stories for a better world of work is a podcast by Culture Amp, the People and Culture platform. How does work culture shape human behavior and experience? How do humans create cultures? From uncomfortable truths to heart-to-heart conversations, Culture First uncovers what it really takes to build a better world of work. We all aspire to rise above the day-to-day commotion and bring more humanity into our work lives.
  • What we say: Because you can’t underestimate the importance of culture in the workplace.

HR Happy Hour Podcast

HR Happy hour

  • Episodes: 300
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Best for: Enterprise HR Teams
  • What they say: HR Happy Hour, the longest-running and top downloaded HR podcast, focuses on human resources, management, leadership, and workforce technology. The show is hosted by Steve Boese, the Co-Chair of the HR Technology Conference and Trish McFarlane, CEO of H3 HR Advisors.
  • What we say: It’s the longest-running and top downloaded HR podcast. The stats speak for themselves!
RecTech Podcast

RecTech Podcast

  • Episodes: 393
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Best for: The Rec tech podcast is great listen for HR tech, HR professionals and recruiters. Informing the modern recruiter.
  • What they say: This podcast covers all aspects of recruiting technology and recruitment marketing including interesting new tools & vendors. You'll also hear how recruiters leverage technology to find talent.
  • What we say: A great listen for the early adopters and professionals looking to innovate their HR or recruitment processes.

Crazy and the King podcast

Crazy and the King

  • Episodes: 110
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Best for: Diversity & inclusion
  • What they say: Julie Sowash and Torin Ellis are serious about destroying the lame, losing and punitive Diversity and Inclusion narrative. Crazy and the King is a weekly podcast of talking truth, exploring the uncomfortable, and often ignored. Chasing solution and never hiding from behind lip service. They won’t always get it right, but they will always bring it real.
  • What we say: Two of the most inspirational figures in this space, you should be following Julie and Torin anyway, game-changers, innovators and action takers, as well as being great podcast hosts.

Recruiting Brainfood Podcast

Recruiting Brainfood

  • Episodes: 112
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Best for: Recruiter upskilling
  • What they say: The Recruiting Brainfood Podcast: Your weekly 60-minute dose of brilliant conversation about Recruiting & HR
  • What we say: Hung Lee needs no introduction!

New & interesting podcasts, that should be on your watchlist!

  • Recruiterscape by Jacob Kimber - ​​A podcast for all recruiters from all industries. Whether you're an agency, in-house or somewhere in between, tune in for stories from across our space
  • Potential in people by Laura Peake - Chat with inspirational leaders about how we unearth human potential inside and outside of the workplace
  • Pancakes & Peacocks by Ruth Penfold - Pancakes and Peacocks is a podcast that explores joyful living in all its forms

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