October 25, 2023

Recruitment Leaders to Follow

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Where do you start?

Perhaps like me after a few years at a large firm you think you know it all? I can’t believe how wrong I was.

I have spent the last 6 years on the Recruiter Startup Podcast speaking to and learning from Recruitment advisors, practitioners, and some of the most successful names in Agency Recruitment.

If you are looking to establish your own recruitment company or want to learn from experienced professionals in the field, then these are the top people I’d recommend following:

Toby Babb - Harrington Starr – High Growth

Toby is an award-winning CEO of an international Recruitment Agency.

He likes to look from outside the industry for inspiration and then digs into his deep well of experience and applies it to agency Recruitment. This is evident in the way his own company have embraced the digital revolution in Recruitment but not forgetting the basic principle of spending time getting to know your candidates and clients on the phone and in person.

Joe Mullings - The Mullings Group – Boutique

Joe Mullings runs a successful boutique Staffing firm in Florida and he’s quickly becoming the Grant Cardone of the Staffing world. His clients are multi-billion-dollar companies, as well as emerging startup companies that are bringing to market emerging technologies like surgical robotics, tele-robotics, artificial intelligence and deep learning. He is also President & CEO of Dragonfly Stories, which is the production company behind the video docuseries “TrueFuture” of which he is the host.

He is also the founder of TMGPulse, a MedTech news and opinion website.

Joe has deep industry knowledge and is always sharing his thoughts on market predictions and trending topics. Almost ¼ of his team are digital media and marketing specialists whose sole purpose is to help his Recruiters get more calls with the right candidates and clients.

Barry Cullen -  recLAW– Legal Services

Barry is the Recruiters lawyer. If you have any problems with fee disputes, internal employment contracts, backdoor hires, etc. then he is your man.

Forget what you will learn just make sure he is representing you and not the other guy. I have been on both sides of the coin, and I know which one I’d opt for given the choice.

He kindly came on my podcast and discussed everything you need to know about setting up a Recruitment business from a legal standpoint.

Rich Rosen - Cornerstone Search Associates – Independent Recruiter

Rich is one of the top performing independent Recruiters in America (he is a million dollar biller) and has been consistently recognised by the Pinnacle society for his achievements.

He’s not a big content producer but he is the silent star of the Recruiting Animal Podcast and the best contributor I have seen on the Recruiter Online Facebook. You should only follow him if you want to learn how to bill a million dollars a year….

Michael Kelemen -  & Jerry Albright - Recruiters Online - Facebook

I’m not sure who the boy wonders out of these two caped crusaders but I’m leaning towards Michael Kelemen or Animal as he is known. They both run the Recruiters Online Facebook Group and host the Recruiting Animal which is great if you can see past all the shouting.

Michael & Jerry both have an amazing network of Recruiters and I tend to find a lot of my American guests from following them.

That Michael knows more than he lets on and has mastered the art of letting other people shine in both his group and radio show and that Jerry walks around his kitchen calling bullshit to Recruitment bluffers globally. In all seriousness, he and Jerry both give back a lot to the Recruiting community and their community of Recruiters is very helpful.

    Best place to follow them is on the
    Recruiters Online
    Facebook Group

Rich Gibbard – RecBound Founder

Are you looking for expert advice on recruitment marketing? Look no further than Rich, the go-to person for tips and best practices in the field. With over 10 years of successful experience in recruitment, Rich founded RecBound, a marketing agency for recruitment businesses. On his LinkedIn profile, he shares pro tips on how to effectively reach out to clients and candidates, build your personal brand, and much more. In addition to his valuable insights, you can also find some of the best recruitment memes on his page.

    Follow Rich on
    to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and strategies in recruitment marketing.

Sean Anderson – Hoxo Media - Co-Founder & CEO

Sean is an expert on Linkedin & Personal Branding. He shares his experience on how to use LinkedIn to support and attract candidates and clients daily in such a competitive market. He’s founded the Hoxo Academy and has helped thousands of Recruiters in learning to become the most recognised recruiters on LinkedIn.  

    Follow him on

Hishem Azzouz – Recruitment Mentors Founder & The Recruitment Mentors Podcast Host

Hishem has interviewed more than 200 recruiters around the world to talk about how they have accelerated their careers and stayed at the top of their game by uncovering their daily habits, mindset, approach to leadership.

He shares insights and offers tips for recruiters and recruitment leaders on how to attract and retain clients and candidates, implement effective recruitment marketing strategies, and set and achieve strategic goals. Whether you're just starting out or are a looking into scaling your agency, his insights can help you enhance your skills and succeed in the competitive world of recruitment.

    Best place to follow him is on

Darren Westall – Paiger’s CEO

Darren is a tech enthusiast with a passion for marketing and recruitment. He turned his passion into action by founding Paiger, an automated marketing assistant that helps users share content, post jobs, and market research. Through Paiger, Darren provides a valuable service to marketing professionals and recruiters helping them save time and effort while increasing their effectiveness.

Darren is an expert on LinkedIn, and is frequently sharing his thoughts on marketing, sales, and recruitment. If you're looking for valuable insights and engaging discussions on these topics, be sure to follow Darren on Linkedin.

Jeremy Snell - Talent Builder, Rookie2Recruiter & Recruiters Growth Club Founder

Jeremy has a wealth of experience in the recruitment industry. As a recruitment trainer, he has coached thousands of recruiters on how to be more productive and efficient in their roles. He is always sharing leadership insights, strategies, and ideas, as well as discussing the latest shifts and trends in the market.  

If you're looking to become a top-biller, Jeremy is a great source of knowledge.

    Best place to follow him is on

Alex Elliot - Strategic Director - Strive Sales

Alex is a successful entrepreneur. He founded Liquid Personnel recruitment agency, from the ground up and grew it to a team of over 140 employees and £101 million in revenue. Now, he has joined the Strive Board of Directors to help the business grow and expand internationally.

In addition to his impressive track record in the industry, Alex is also known for his valuable insights on leadership and best practices for building a multi-million recruitment agency. He shares these insights regularly on LinkedIn, where he has a strong presence.  

    Follow him -  

Andrew Sillitoe - Founder & CEO – Player Coach

Andrew is a former elite athlete and coach, with over 20 years of experience. He started Player Coach, a 12-week online course, and has been helping Recruitment Leaders grow their teams and improve their leadership skills. He's always sharing great insights on things like leadership, building a strong team of top billers, work-life balance, and more. You can follow him on LinkedIn to stay in the loop.

    Have a listen to the RecWired Podcast :
    How to make your top billers into top leaders

Andy Hallett – Recspand & RecWired Co-Founder

Andy has been in the recruitment industry for over 20 years, starting out as a trainee at SThree (previously known as Huxley Associates). In 2020, he left SThree as the Investment Director, having played a major role in the company's success. Along with Charlotte and myself, Andy co-founded RecWired, leveraging his in-depth industry knowledge to partner with the best business solutions available.  

In addition to this, he also works as a strategic advisor and NED for large agencies, helping them scale international ventures by creating and implementing effective strategies and processes.

    Follow him on the
    RecWired Podcast

As I've built and grown the Doherty Group, I've been fortunate to work with some truly talented and dedicated individuals. Their hard work and expertise have been invaluable in helping me scale the business.  

As I continue to grow and learn, I'm always looking for new voices and perspectives in the recruitment field. Who are some other peers you follow and respect in the industry? I'd love to hear your recommendations and see if there's anyone I should be adding to my list of must-follows. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments here.

Author: Dualta Doherty

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