Seventy-three percent of the US population over 12 years old (an estimated 209 million people) have listened to online audio in the last month, according to Edison Research's annual Infinite Dial Report. This jump was primarily driven by listeners age 35+, as the number of those age 35+ who listen to online audio monthly increased by 13% year over year. Weekly online audio listening also rose to 67% of the U.S. 12+ population, up from 62% in 2021.
In the UK, British subscribers listen to 6.5 podcast hours per week. 19% of all adults listen to a podcast each week.
In my opinion, podcasts are the perfect content for very targeted audiences, as pretty much anyone can create one and listeners can seek out shows that reflect their interests. So not only can we pursue our interests of True Crime and Fantasy Football (ok, maybe that's just mine), but also focus on our professional interests as well. So I reached out to several contacts on LinkedIn for their recommendations on the best Talent Acquisition podcasts.
In coming up with this specific list, the following criteria were used as guidelines.
- TA Focused, not HR general content.
- Independent thought leadership, not published by a brand.
- Active - Must publish regularly and recently.
- At least 10 episodes over its history.
- Relevant to the industry with a diverse list of topics and guests.
- Must be on Spotify which is my podcast tool of choice.
Without further ado, here are the best podcasts in Talent Acquisition (in no particular order). Please let us know if you agree. The descriptions come from either the LinkedIn page, Spotify or the podcast's website and the image is the most recent show.
Description: The Recruiting Future Podcast is the world’s leading podcast on Talent Acquisition and regularly appears in the Chartable Global Business Top 100 chart.
We have a massive responsibility to our audience to be the calm voice of continuity in an industry which is facing tremendous change and a high degree of uncertainty. The principles of Be Insightful, Be Inspiring, and Be Inclusive shape the show.
Description: Serge Boudreau and Shelley Billinghurst share their expertise and opinions from their collective 40+ years in the recruitment profession. The podcast is all things recruitment - from the latest trends, industry news, technology, helpful tips and interviews with some of the biggest globally recognized names in the recruitment industry.
Description: Recruiting Brainfood is the industry newsletter for the talent business. Manually curated every week by WorkShape.io CEO Hung Lee, Recruiting Brainfood is a vendor neutral community with a mission to help recruiters (agency & inhouse alike) and HR professionals get better by sharing great recruiting / HR content from lesser known sources in a once-a-week email. It's recruiting brainfood for the week ahead.
Hung Lee’s weekly Recruiting Brainfood Live podcast is an extraordinary roundup of what’s going on in Talent Acquisition globally. His interest and audience are global and so are the topics he addresses each Friday. With his perennially extraordinary lineup of guests, the podcast offers great insights about up to the instant subjects that impinge upon recruiting. And all of it so skillfully led by Hung.
If I had only one TA podcast to recommend, it’s Hung’s. - Ed Han, Talent Acquisition Geek | Job-Hunt.org Contributor | JobSeeker Ally | I'm not active on LinkedIn: I'm hyperactive! | Wordsmith | Recruiter at Cenlar FSB
Description: The Talent Intelligence Collective, led by Toby Culshaw of Amazon, endeavors to develop, support and inspire its members as well as promote ethical integrity and best practice in all aspects of Talent Intelligence, Talent Research, Labor Intelligence, Human Capital Intelligence, Competitor Labor Intelligence etc. The TIC provides a safe platform where members can collaborate and contribute online and offline with each other, sharing ideas, experiences and best practices.
This group is solely for Talent Intelligence professionals and is not open to any group or individuals acting in a business development capacity.
"I highly recommend Toby Culshaw's "The Talent Intelligence Collective" podcast to anyone interested in developing, supporting and inspiring themselves in all aspects of Talent Intelligence, Talent Research, Competitor Labor Intelligence, plus he always has great guests from brands like Phillips, SAP or Stryker." - Miguel Mayorga, Senior Sourcing Expert at SIEMENS Healthineers
Description: The Elite Recruiter Podcast by Benjamin Mena. Benjamin always brings TA leaders who have tactical experience and examples that you can learn from. is the number one podcast for recruiting professionals. This is where the top recruiters share: How they got there. What kind of work did it take. Tips, Tools, and Tricks. The Mindset needed to get them to where they are. What they are doing with their success. Goals and vision for the future.
Benjamin's always brings TA leaders who have tactical experience and examples that you can learn from. - Trent Cotton, Senior Global Director of Talent Acquisition and Retention @Hatchworks and author of the book, Sprint Recruiting and blog.
Description: A human resources podcast featuring Ben Eubanks, Chief Research Officer of Lighthouse Research & Advisory focused on blending research and practical advice to help today's HR, talent, and learning leaders improve business outcomes.
Ben is the master of all kinds of information. His research is always insightful and I like the way he puts it into practical easy to understand terms. He is also highly connected to what's new in tech and has great guests who provide practical advice on how to be successful. - Trent Cotton, Senior Global Director of Talent Acquisition and Retention @Hatchworks and author of the book, Sprint Recruiting and blog.
Description: HR's Most Dangerous Podcast. 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.
Description: Hosted by Chris Russell, online recruiting's mad scientist, the RecTech show covers all aspects of recruiting technology including interesting new tools & vendors. You'll also hear how recruiters leverage technology to find talent. A great listen for HR tech vendors, HR professionals and recruiters everywhere.