Find out how to gain a competitive edge by attracting, hiring and engaging the talent your business needs.

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What People Are Saying:

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    Kevin Green

    Chief Executive, Recruitment & Employment Confederation

    This is the definitive work on attracting, recruiting and retaining talent. This book tells businesses leaders how to improve their employee offering and recruitment process so they get and keep the talent that will make their organisation a success. A must read

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    Steve Boese

    HR Technology Conference Program Chair & Co-host, HR Happy Hour Podcast

    Dramatic advances in technology, the rise of social media, and changing expectations from the next generation entering the workforce are combining to force the best-performing organizations to re-think how they attract, hire, engage, develop, and retain their best talent. The challenge for HR and business leaders is how to navigate these demands and changes in ways that enable them to win the competition for the best, most talented employees. In Exceptional Talent, HR and business leaders will find a modern, comprehensive guide to navigating these changes, to better understand how to utilize new methods, approaches and technologies for talent attraction, engagement, and management, and enable their organizations and their workforce to thrive in this new and dynamic world of work

  • Matt Buckland

    Head of Talent and Human Resources at Lyst

    In this book, Alder and Dinnen, drag current thinking around Recruitment into the modern age. The authors demystify the contemporary talent landscape, offer practical steps for employers beyond the promises of the vendors panaceas and guide the reader towards new thinking at a blistering pace. At a time when all businesses can be better at attracting and hiring, this book can be your difference.

What's in the book

Attracting, hiring, developing and retaining the right people is crucial to an organization's success. Staff turnover is costing businesses more than ever, so the stakes have never been higher. In a business environment changing so rapidly that jobs which will be essential in 2020 don't even exist yet, Exceptional Talent examines how changes in technology, communication, and employee preferences are impacting the talent journey. It gives practical advice for how to build an effective recruitment and talent management strategy to meet the needs of the business today and prepare for the challenges of the future.

Exceptional Talent covers how to build an authentic employer brand, explores new ways of sourcing candidates and explains how to use print, digital, social and mobile platforms to target the right people in the right way. Highlighting the impact of networks, relationships and referrals on talent acquisition, it also provides tools and techniques to create an efficient recruitment process, strategies for effective onboarding of new employees as well as practical advice and best practice case studies for retaining and engaging employees.


About The Authors


Mervyn Dinnen is a talent analyst, advising recruitment and HR technology businesses on the emerging trends impacting hiring, retention and engagement. He is a writer and international speaker on recruitment and HR trends, and an award winning recruitment blogger. He spent 20 years as a recruitment and HR practitioner.



Matt Alder is a strategy consultant focusing on recruitment marketing, employer branding and HR Technology. Over the last 17 years he has built a reputation as a global thought leader, working with some of world's best known employers to develop and optimize their digital strategies.

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