Let's talk employer branding!

If your recruiting and hiring isn't working anymore,
I can show you how to successfully compete for talent
against anyone.

“His out-of-the box thinking and daring honesty
will change the way you think of recruiting completely.”

Highly-rated speaker at ERE, RecruitCon, RecFest, SHRM, Transform, Hired Roadshow, Social Recruiting Strategies Conference, HR Tech Expo and numerous industry and in-house conferences for Coca-Cola, Yello, Alstom, Schlumberger, Deutsche Bahn Group, MOL Group, and many others.

James is committed to helping every business hire better by re-thinking their employer brand and using cutting-edge recruitment marketing strategies.

Hired Workshop 2019: Strategies for Improving Your Employer Brand in Austin
Transform 2019, in Boston live and simulcast online

James Ellis is bringing the future of effective talent acquisition to you

It’s a recipe for talent acquisition success: Take two parts marketing and branding experience, one part recruiting and talent acquisition thought leadership. Add a dash of fearlessness and a willingness to breaking unwritten rules. Shake well and serve in the funniest container you can find.

James Ellis isn’t your average speaker. He brings wit, energy and humor to subjects you might expect to be dry. He combines years of experience helping everyone from Fortune 10 companies to 12-person agencies understand their own employer brands, activate them, and connect them to their investment in recruitment marketing. Then he makes it interesting and funny while still being valuable and actionable.

Topic examples

  • What is employer branding and how can you use it as a recruiting force multiplier?
  • Employer branding secrets for small businesses
  • Creating and activating your employer brand
  • Using an employer brand to create employee engagement and retention
  • Building a complete and activated employer brand for $400 (yes, I've got the receipts)
  • 12 ways to communicate your employer brand
  • Creating employee ambassadors with employee-generated content

I specialize in opening keynotes to get people excited and the post-lunch speaking slot where everyone seems like they are in a low-blood sugar coma. I combine energy and humor with a powerful message to make sure your event is memorable and useful.

James Ellis is BRILLIANT when it comes to leveraging content to recruit talent. If you want to attract the best talent, this is a must-listen.
Awesome! James cuts through BS.
Engaging, and high-energy, he is a powerful voice and expert in employer brand. From bridging the gap between marketing and human resources, to developing a cohesive and effective employer brand outreach, he understands long-term goals.
James’s energy and straight-talk approach is so appreciated.
Seriously, I’ve never walked away from a conference session with so many action items that I can put to use tomorrow.
You were absolutely wonderful. Really funny and engaging too!
He is an excellent speaker with such a depth and breadth of knowledge.

Let's talk about how I can inspire and educate your audience about the power of employer branding

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Other ways of seeing my work

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Employer Brand Headlines
Weekly Newsletter 📰
Since 2019, this free newsletter has landed in the inboxes of thousands of employer brand professionals to help them stay sharp as the industry evolves.
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Articles and Podcasts
Stuff I've written and said ✍️
A collection of various articles I've written, podcasts I've guested on and places I've been quoted.
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Talent Chooses You
Book 📙
Published in 2020, this book has been called the bible of the employer branding industry. In 2022, it was made 100% open source to that anyone could access and use it.

105 free (or really cheap) ways to activate your employer brand

An employer brand is worthless until you activate it.

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Ready to tap into your employer brand?

A strong and clear employer brand:
📍 Attracts candidates and applications
📍 Increases recruiter response rates
📍 Increases candidate quality
📍 Supports your corporate and consumer brand
📍 Encourages employee advocacy
📍 Increases referral rates
📍 Isn't just for "big" companies

If you're ready to see how employer branding can help you compete for talent against anyone, just fill out the form.

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