Series2 Episode3
Matt Alder Author and Podcaster Metashift

Matt Alder

Author and Podcaster, Metashift

Matt is a speaker, author and talent acquisition consultant and has been at the forefront of digital recruitment marketing since the late nineties.

Matt was at the beginning of the  online revolution in recruitment working with TMP and in the late nineties. He went on to lead Digital Teams at a time when the industry was transforming from placing jobs in newspapers to embracing – albeit slowly – utilizing the internet for jobs. As Matt says, “We used to do presentations saying that the internet would change the way people looked for jobs and everyone used to laugh at us.”

He was part of a digital generation and new-wave of talented people whose formative careers were at a time when the world was changing as the internet took hold.

As  well as being one of the leading podcasters in the recruiting industry with over 14,000 global listeners to his Recruiting Futures podcast, he has also recently written a book called Exceptional Talent which he has co-authored with Mervyn Dinnen.

In this episode we cover:

  • Matt’s early introduction to the internet and his passion for technology
  • How his drama and acting experience shaped his early years
  • Leading the first digital recruitment teams in the UK
  • Starting his own business – including the tough lessons learnt as a founder with an HR Tech startup
  • The development of his podcast and why its his passion
  • What it was like writing his first book

Watch the Extras for additional clips including:

  • Working in cold call sales
  • Change and the power of concensus
  • Pitching to investors
  • It was massive drinking and partying culture – working in the dotcom era
  • Coding and communication
  • Touring America with Hamlet


"Employer branding means they'll buy a bigger advert" | 01:51
Learning Computer Science | 01:27
Change and the Power of Consensus | 01:08
Working in cold call sales | 01:15
Pitching to Investors | 00:54
Coding and Communication | 00:30
Touring with Hamlet | 00:57


S2E3 Matt Alder


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Series Overview

Following the success of the first episodes of Career Life Stories, we’re back with a brand new second series featuring an impressive lineup of guests – Johnny Campbell, Toni Bache, Matt Alder and Gerry Crispin.

Filmed at Bath Spa University’s Newton Park Studio, these are the stories about people, their lives and their work and each one of our guests talks openly and honestly about the experiences that have shaped their lives and careers.

Production Team: Nick Price (Producer, Editor) , Phil Rowe (Director, Lighting Cameraman), Rob Porter (Cameraman, Post Production) , Joe North (Cameraman) with support from students from Bath Spa University.

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