Strivin & Thrivin Ep 41. Joel Broughton – Talent Acquisition Leader

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This week on Strivin & Thrivin, we speak with Joel Broughton, Talent Acquisition Leader.

Joel whole career has been in the people space so we wanted to know what it is about recruitment & TA that Joel loves so much! And he had the perfect answer for us.

“I think the best part about my job and the best part about any recruiter’s job in my view is the opportunity to impact someone’s life. So you’re either impacting their life by providing them with the opportunity to be promoted, to earn more money, put more food on a table, buy a nicer car, buy a better house, move to a better suburb, basically impact their life that way.”

Joel also shared what skills are needed to be a good recruiter, and one of them is active listening.

“Active listening is really important and being able to interpret what’s being said and to reflect that back in a way that is doable and workable. Every hiring manager, every client has their wishlist.”

Now, when it comes to what we can do better collectively to make sure people stick around in recruitment and HR roles, Joel says it’s all about networking and learning development.  

“I think if organisations had those established career paths with some learning development milestones along the way, like invest back in that learning and development piece in their own people. They’ll not only hang on to people a lot longer, but the people that are there are going to be better and the whole industry will be better as a result. We’ll have better recruiters. The industry will have a much, much better reputation and it’s just going to be better all around because again, you get back to that impacting lives space.”

For anyone in the TA and HR space, we found out how Joel stays up-to-date on what’s happening in the industry.

“For me, it’s all about networking. It really is. Well, there’s a couple of things. So it’s not just all. So when I say it’s all about networking, it’s not all about networking, but that’s really important. So I’m a huge proponent of lifelong learning. So I was looking at my formal education. Kind of every 10 years or so I’ve gone back and upgraded and upgraded and upgraded. So that’s been really important to me and that’s something that I’m really, really proud of.”

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