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Exceptional Talent

Exceptional Talent

How to Attract, Acquire and Retain the Very Best Employees

Mervyn Dinnen, Matt Alder

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Maintain the competitive edge by attracting, hiring and engaging the talent you need with this guide.

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About the book

Attracting, hiring, developing and retaining the right people is crucial to an organization's success. The stakes have never been higher: a 2015 study by CAP suggests that the average cost of employee attrition is 20% of a mid-level employee's annual salary and up to 213% of a high-level executive's salary. 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.

Table Of Contents

  • Section - 00: Introduction;
  • Section - 01: Talent Attention and Persuasion;
  • Section - 02: Talent Attraction;
  • Section - 03: Talent Acquisition;
  • Section - 04: Talent On-boarding;
  • Section - 05: Talent Development;
  • Section - 06: Talent Engagement and Retention;
  • Section - 00: Conclusion;


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
Kevin Green, Chief Executive, Recruitment & Employment Confederation

An honest, practical appraisal of the key opportunities and challenges facing employers in the search for the very best.
Jamie Lawrence, Managing Editor, HRZone.com

I can't think of two better people than Mervyn Dinnen and Matt Alder to document how the talent journey and the world of human resources is being disrupted in the digital age, and Exceptional Talent certainly doesn't disappoint. On the contrary, it surpasses even my lofty expectations and carves an interesting, informative and stimulating path along the ever-changing talent journey of the 21st Century. I heartily recommend that anyone working in human resources, interested in the future of work or driven to hire, develop and retain exceptional talent should read this book.
David Green, Global Director, People Analytics Solutions, IBM Watson Talent

Not all HR books are created equal. Exceptional Talent is not just a How To Manual but a Why to Manual for recruitment and talent attraction. It's comprehensive, thoughtful and, above all, practical. The kind of book that won't gather dust on the office shelf but will get daily use by HR and recruitment practitioners alike.
Mathew Davies, HR Director, Addison Lee

This book is the best template for corporate talent strategy from attention to retention and beyond that I've seen. It clearly captures the employer imperative to create long-term human-centric relationships with ... talent and provides a blueprint (as well as on-point case studies) to get the completely transformed work of talent management right. There is no more important work today in an organization than managing talent and this book will put you ahead of your competition for talent.
China Gorman, Universum Communications board member, and Chair, North America Advisory Board

In any business the key resource is our people. In this book we are provided with tools to ensure we select the right people. Simple.
Russell Dalgleish - Founder, Scottish Business Network

In this book, Alder and Dinnen, drag current thinking around Recruitment into the modern age. The authors demystify the contemporary talent landscape and offer practical steps for employers beyond the promises of the vendors panaceas. Much of the current writing on Talent Acquisition is impractical and unworkable. In this book Alder and Dinnen 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.
Matt Buckland - Head of Talent and Human Resources at Lyst

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

Job searching and the world of work have changed dramatically in recent years thanks to the advancement of technology - and changes aren't going to slow down. HR, recruitment and talent professionals need to equip themselves to deal with this new reality. Dinnen and Alder have provided a practical, readable and inspiring guide to help them do it.
Katie Jacobs, Editor HR Magazine

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749479732
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd May 2017
  • Paperback
  • Format: 234x157
  • 192 pages

About the Author

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 strategic 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.

Mervyn Dinnen

Matt Alder