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173 Episodes | 2017 - 2021

Recruiting GI Joe

July 3rd, 2021


Original air date: APR 2, 2008 - Jim Stroud chat’s with Otis Collier, an Alternative Sourcing Manager for Wachovia. What does that mean? It means he …

Smoking Cigarettes Will Get You Fired

June 26th, 2021


Original air date: January 16, 2008 - Smoking is not just bad for your health, but it can get you fired to. McDonald’s puts a new spin on the “Happy Meal.” Identity theft is rampant at a certain chicken plant. How to …

About this H1-B Visa thing…

June 19th, 2021


Original air date : JUN 12, 2007 - Jim Stroud and Karen Mattonen Visas, Citizenship and Terrorist Recruiting Tactics before describing the plot of an action movie that somebody really needs to make.  | Download the …

An Interview with Rob McGovern, Founder Of CareerBuilder & CEO Of Market 10

June 12th, 2021


Original air date - JUL 21, 2006 - Papa Got A Brand New Bag. Rob McGovern, founder of Careerbuilder, has a new venture – Market 10 and its pretty nifty. Rob tells Jim all about it in this podcast and Jim gave it a …

PODCAST - Barack Obama and The Recruiting Industry

June 6th, 2021


Original air date - January 11, 2008 - If Barack Obama became President, what would that mean for the recruiting industry? Plus: Secret Terrorist …

How do you staff call centers and keep them staffed?

May 29th, 2021


Original air date: November 7, 2006 - Jim Stroud misses Karen Mattonen as he flies solo on this podcast. What’s inside? A sponsor, a big idea and a …

Jim Durbin on The Future of Contract Recruiting

May 22nd, 2021


Original air date: March 28, 2009 - An interview with Jim Durbin about the Future of Contract Recruiting. How well did his predictions hold up in …

Degree Debacle

May 15th, 2021


Original air date: May 3, 2007 - Jim Stroud and Karen Mattonen argue (on and on and on) about the relevance of education and why companies should and …

Lies, Discouraged Workers and "H1-B Only" Jobs

May 7th, 2021


Original air date: June 11, 2008 - Karen is ecstatic when she is right and Jim can only grin and bear it. Did you know that there was a minimum wage for IT Workers? (Jim didn’t know either.) Want a government spanking? …

Happy 50th Episode! (More or less)

May 1st, 2021


Original air date: February 24, 2007 - Jim Stroud and Karen Mattonen discuss slick recruiting tricks performed by Google, Microsoft and others, Y2K 2007 (Are you ready for it?), Recruiting Pet Peeves, distributed …

How Reliable are Unemployment Statistics?

April 9th, 2021


Original air date - March 28, 2009 Jim and Karen bicker, argue and debate about unemployment stats. Tune in for the fun.

Free download: Racism Reimagined: How Critical Race Theory Imperils the American Workplace

I cry bull! There is no talent shortage.

April 3rd, 2021


Original air date - FEB 5, 2008. Jim and Karen (well, mostly Karen) discuss the myth of the talent shortage – a popular topic among many in HR, the …

Learn English! Or else…

March 27th, 2021


Original air date - April 9, 2008 - Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time (or at least, the tutorial lessons). Jim Stroud and Karen Mattonen …

Who owns your LinkedIn contacts?

March 19th, 2021


Original air date: March 28, 2009 - In this episode of The Recruiters Lounge, Jim and Karen debate, bicker and feud over who owns your LinkedIn contacts. Tune in for all the fun.


Racism Reimagined: How Critical Race …

Controversial episode! - The Best Recruiting Tip - Ever!

March 13th, 2021


In this podcast: “The Best Recruiting Tip – EVER!” - In this controversial podcast, Jim and Karen discuss highschool dropouts, Wallmart and disagree …

The Pros And Cons Of The EFCA (With The AFL-CIO)

March 6th, 2021


[Original air date: Feb 24, 2009] The Pros and Cons of the Employee Free Choice Act - Jim Stroud and Karen Mattonen lead a “heated” debate over the Employee Free Choice Act. Listen in and find out that the more you …

Never Work for Free

February 27th, 2021


ORIGINAL AIR DATE - May 7, 2009 - In episode #125, Jim Stroud and Karen Mattonen debate the shady (?) practice of companies who solicit free …

Should Executive Pay Be Regulated?

February 20th, 2021


ORIGINAL AIR DATE - AUG 5, 2009 - In episode #129, Jim Stroud and Karen Mattonen discuss the issue of Executive Pay. Should it be regulated? Jim says …

The Underbelly of Recruiting

February 13th, 2021


Original air date: March 2, 2007 - Jim Stroud and Karen Mattonen discuss the recruiting scandal involving the staffing company – Manpower. (Can you …

Recruiters (Sometimes) Do Stupid Things

February 7th, 2021


Original air date - July 24, 2008 - lets job seekers narc on the incompetence of certain recruiters. They name names and list …

Recruiting in India with Ken Verges

January 27th, 2021


Original air date: FEBRUARY 21, 2006 - This is the 2nd episode in the original series and I am glad to be sharing it with you. In this episode, I interview Ken Verges about his experiences recruiting in India. At the …

Workplace Violence and Misclassification (Double ouch!)

January 16th, 2021


Original air date: July 23, 2008 - Jim starts off with shocking news about workplace violence, but is more shocked that its not uncommon. Karen rants …

Recruiting the sexes, spamming the EEOC and job-stealing immigrants

January 13th, 2021


Original air date: November 16, 2007 - In this episode, Jim Stroud and Karen Mattonen discuss bringing your spouse to your interview. Karen thought is was a good idea but Jim, not so much. Did you know someone was …

The Joy of ATS

January 6th, 2021


Original air date: 04/25/07 - Jim Stroud chats with Mark Berger about ATS systems. If you are a young search firm and not really sure how to spend your money on this type of thing, well, this podcast is for you! Who is …

Layoff Rumors

December 15th, 2020


Original air date: October 25, 2008 - Jim and Karen discuss the rumors of big layoffs at Yahoo (pre-taped before the big announcement obviously), the profit side of rumors and the dirty rotten scoundrels who party with …

James Bond and Recruiting in the UK

November 26th, 2020


Jim Stroud and Louise Triance (of UK Recruiter) have a lovefest discussing James Bond, recruiting in the UK and a certain fetish Jim has. Original air date: November 21, 2006

Let's Talk About the D Word

November 20th, 2020


Original air date: January 26, 2007 - Jim Stroud and Karen Mattonen discuss the social politics of diversity and the significance of diversity …

Is there really a war for talent?

November 14th, 2020


Original air date: December 9, 2006 | Is there (really) a war for talent? If so, what should your company be doing now (and later) to prepare for …


November 7th, 2020


Original air date - July 20, 2007 | Jim Stroud and Karen Mattonen engage in shameless self-promotion, debate "Green Cards," banter about big money …

Socialism, the Recession and Recruiting in Canada

October 29th, 2020


ORIGINAL AIR DATE: AUGUST 24, 2009 | In episode #130, Jim Stroud, Karen Mattonen and (special guest) Geoff Web discuss socialism, the recession and …

LinkedIn Endorsements Can Get You Sued?

October 22nd, 2020


Original air date: July 8, 2009 | In episode #128, Jim Stroud and Karen Mattonen discuss a whole bunch of stuff, the least of which: Did you know …

Whistleblowing for Fun and Profit

October 16th, 2020


This episode was first broadcast on September 11, 2009.

This is the original description- "In episode #131, Jim Stroud and Karen Mattonen discuss the financial consequences that come to companies when employees have a …

Who is liable when its death by shopping?

October 7th, 2020


Original air date: December 9, 2008 | Original Description: "Karen and Jim fuss, bicker and debate over who is to blame when a Walmart employee is trampled to death by exuberant Black Friday customers. Jim pokes a …

Three Cheers for Breast Milk

October 7th, 2020


Original air date: January 24,2008 | In this action-packed podcast you will hear: Illegal interview questions in the USA are not so illegal elsewhere; Jim has an “Al Bundy” moment when it comes to breast feeding in the …

TRL – Insider Secrets to Recruitment Blogging

September 23rd, 2020


ORIGINAL POST DATE: June 28, 2006 | Gretchen Ledgard and Zoe Goldring, catalysts of the recruitment blogging phenomenon, discuss their blogging …

TRL - Are you too old to work here?

September 17th, 2020


Original air date: JULY 1, 2010 - Jim and Karen banter about age discrimination and looking for work in a sucky economy. (Hey Google, is it true that you are over-the-hill when you hit 40? ) Plus, working as a …

TRL - Sex and David Letterman

September 11th, 2020


HR Discusses David Letterman - In episode #132, Jim Stroud takes a break this episode and leaves the Lounge in the hands of Karen Mattonen (oboy!) and her guests: Joshua Letourneau, Karla Porter and Steve Markin. The …

TRL - Recruiters and The Election

September 3rd, 2020


Original post date: November 9, 2006 / Jim Stroud and Karen Mattonen discuss the election, lying on a resume may get you 10 years in prison, plus feedback on some listener feedback. And believe it or not, we discuss the …

TRL - Zubka Shows You The Money

August 27th, 2020


This retro episode of "The Recruiters Lounge" originally posted on September 11, 2006. - Jim Stroud and Karen Mattonen hang out with David Shieldhouse, co-founder of – a social network that pays for each hire …

TRL - The Pros and Cons of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA)

August 20th, 2020


Jim Stroud and Karen Mattonen lead a “heated” debate over the Employee Free Choice Act.  Listen in and find out that the more you learn about the EFCA, you either love it or you hate it. Listen in and see what side of …

TRL - Stagflation Sucks

August 13th, 2020


Jim Stroud and Karen Mattonen discuss “Stagflation” and how it affects the recruiting industry (and life in general.) Also, be careful how you …

TRL - Only Green Eyes Need Apply

August 5th, 2020


Jim Stroud and Karen Mattonen discuss the fine line between giving a client what they want verses obeying the law (and thus, protecting oneself from potential law suits.) Original air date: June 6, 2007

TRL - Sexual Harassment From Female Managers

July 29th, 2020


This episode of "The Recruiters Lounge" originally aired on February 20, 2008. The original description went like this, "There are more women in …

TRL - How India Should React to the US Recession

July 23rd, 2020


This retro episode of "The Recruiters Lounge Podcast" originally aired on March 26, 2008. The original title was "India and the US Recession" and this was the original description...

An IT Staffing firm in India is gets …

TRL: John Sumser Discusses Ethics in Recruiting

July 17th, 2020


Jim Stroud interviewed John Sumser and together they discussed recruiter ethics, diversity and more. Tune in to hear how it was back on April 17, 2016 in this retro episode of "The Recruiters Lounge" podcast.


TRL - When I grow up, I want to be a recruiter!

July 8th, 2020


Not once did anyone say, “When I grow up, I want to be a recruiter!” Jim Stroud discusses his “Career Day” experience with Doug Beabout. Jim wonders if children will ever aspire to become Recruiters, or will it continue …

Resumes are People Too

July 7th, 2020


In this episode, resumes are not just pieces of paper. They represent people and sometimes recruiters need to be reminded of that. Plus, a very special announcement. Tune in now! Special thanks to Proactive Talent (

TRL: Singing the Misclassification Blues

July 1st, 2020


This episode of "The Recruiters Lounge" originally aired on September 24, 2008. And this is the original description: Karen returns from her R4 Conference with confirmed insights about how Recruiters (and the companies …

Get me out of here! Reasons why millennials are fleeing big cities

June 30th, 2020


In this podcast, I delve into the reasons why people are fleeing big cities, programs designed to attract remote workers to smaller cities and how it will likely impact the recruitment industry. | Podcast courtesy of …

H1B Visas and The American Worker

June 21st, 2020


Facebook is allegedly preferring overseas workers over American workers in order to save money. True or not, it underscores a VERY, very long debate in HR. Tune in for a very controversial episode focusing on a debate …

Google, Spam and Employer liability - Oh my!

June 17th, 2020


Jim Stroud and Karen Mattonen discuss the pending brain drain at Google, Recruiters spamming candidates and the liabilities an employee represents to a company. And oh, Jim Stroud tries to sing again. (Please make him …

The High Cost of Protests and Riots

June 17th, 2020


Ten years from now, 5 years from now, next year... Will we be comparing Black Lives Matter to the Occupy Wall Street movement or the Civil Rights Movement? Links related to this podcast can be found on 

TRL: Do recruiters care about jobseekers?

June 12th, 2020


Jim Stroud and Karen Mattonen discuss apathetic recruiters. Karen was distressed while Jim tried to be objective. Original air date: July 28, 2006. …

Should you be fired over your political opinions?

June 10th, 2020


Should you be fired over your political opinions? Its happening now. What are the rights that workers have? And what can managers do when politics …

Racial Politics in the Workplace

June 4th, 2020


Why am I called African-American when I’ve never been to Africa in my life? Karen and Jim both want to know. Should companies be compelled to create …

I think I saw a murder. Now, I’m not so sure. #GeorgeFloyd

June 1st, 2020


"When I watch the reporting of this incident, the storyline I tend to hear is that a racist cop arrested a black man and used excessive and unnecessary force when arresting him. (Spoiler alert: He did.) I saw the video …

TRL: Does your employer own you?

May 28th, 2020


Jim Stroud and Karen Mattonen yak, yak and yak some more on a hodgepodge of topics. Among them, the ethics of 6 year old strippers, recruiters …

Google is Evil?

May 25th, 2020


Google dropped its motto - Don't be evil in 2018. In 2020, I can see why. Tune in to see what I mean. Read the transcript on  #privacy …

Monster, Recessions and Alcohol-Free Interviews

May 21st, 2020


Jim Stroud and Karen Mattonen discuss the hack attack at, the pending (?) recession and what it means for Recruiters and Alcohol-free …

Immunity Passports are EVIL! This is why...

May 18th, 2020


Immunity passports restrict personal freedoms and put your privacy at risk. I discuss the history of this very bad idea, how it evolved for modern …

TRL: How To Ruin Your Reputation With Email Templates

May 13th, 2020


This episode of The Recruiters Lounge originally aired on MAY 19, 2008. And this was the original description...

Ask The Headhunter‘s Nick Corcodilos has an axe to grind with The Ladders and (OWCH!) was that blade sharp! …

Cyberstalking Is On The Rise

May 11th, 2020


With so many people sheltered in place, thanks to Covid-19, people with nothing to do are doing more cyberstalking. I’ll tell you more about that, the traditional and the new ways cyberstalking is happening and what you …

Fun with H1-B Visas

May 6th, 2020


Jim Stroud and (the long-lost) Karen Mattonen discuss the changes happening at and H-1B visas. Has Karen found a loophole in the …

Should college education be free?

May 5th, 2020


Due to the Coronavirus, college education has ceased in some places and gone exclusively online in others. From a dollars and cents perspective, why …

TRL: What's wrong with smoking pot?

April 29th, 2020


In this retro episode of "The Recruiters Lounge," Special guests: Marie Journey and Mike Notaro join Karen Mattonen and Jim Stroud in discussing the online reputation of candidates and how much that factors into …

The Future of The Office is Social Distancing

April 28th, 2020


When America returns to the office, it will not be business as usual. In this episode, I share what is happening now and what will likely happen next in the post-Coronavirus office of the future. Visit …

Democrats, Recruiters and Pending Legislation

April 22nd, 2020


Democrats are in power and recruiters should be concerned. Jim Stroud, Karen Mattonen and Doug Beabout discuss pending legislation and other issues …

The Future of Work is Classism

April 20th, 2020


An existing class divide is becoming even more pronounced and the repercussions, affecting society in general, will make an indelible mark on the post Coronavirus workplace. Music and resources related to this podcast …


April 15th, 2020


A Minister introduces a bill and gets some heat in Canada, which makes it hard for hardworking strippers and club owners who have to umm... import foreign talent. All this and more in this special retro episode of The …

Biometrics, the End of the World and the Mark of the Beast

April 14th, 2020


Call it too much quarantine during Covid-19 but the end of the world is heavy on my mind, especially after watching a certain YouTube video. Thoughts …

TRL - Should you go to school during a recession?

April 8th, 2020


Jim and Karen talk about the wisdom of investing thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours into an education when there are no jobs at the end of …

How To Recruit Healthcare Workers During a Pandemic

April 6th, 2020


Prior to the latest pandemic, there was a shortage of talent in the healthcare space. How much more has that problem been exasperated? So, the question on my mind, and so many others, is this.  How do we recruit during …

2006 Interview with Konstantin Guericke, Co-founder of LinkedIn

April 2nd, 2020


A 2006 Interview with Constantine Guericka - Co-founder of LinkedIn.  Wow! LinkedIn has come a mighty long way. Tune in to hear Constantine discuss the future of LinkedIn from the perspective of April 4, 2006 when this …

Should you be spying on your remote workers?

March 30th, 2020


In the wake of the Coronavirus, managers are spying on their remote workers. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? How should companies manage their …

TRL - Predictions about 2016 made in 2006 by Gerry Crispin

March 25th, 2020


Does Gerry Crispin have a time machine? Tune in to hear what he predicted in 2006 about recruiting in 2016, some of which is happening now. Gerry rocks! #GodfatherOfHR  

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How Pandemics Affect the World of Work

March 23rd, 2020


In this extended episode, I examine previous pandemics and speculate on what we can expect to happen in the near future and beyond. I also make a few …

TRL - Russ Moon – Time Management Strategies for Recruiters

March 18th, 2020


This episode of "The Recruiters Lounge" originally aired on March 20, 2006. The time management strategies for recruiters detailed in this podcast are still applicable today. Tune in to hear for yourself.  Subscribe to …

The Future of Work is Holograms

March 16th, 2020


With the pandemic of the CoronaVirus, remote working is becoming a standard way of work in the USA and around the world. It has me wondering, what will be the next phase in remote working? Well, I looked into it and I …

I invented outsourcing! And other strange tales…

March 11th, 2020


Jim Stroud and Karen Mattonen discuss plagiarism, IBM·s attempt to patent outsourcing, Google (allegedly) giving an old guy the boot and sleazy …

How will the corona virus affect the future of work?

March 8th, 2020


The biggest news story in the world now, and in the foreseeable future, is the corona virus. Its not as big a threat as the FLU, but it is having a more severe effect in terms of public anxiety and business disruption. …

TRL: Bailouts, Layoffs and Socialism

March 4th, 2020


In this episode: Jim is multitasking, but manages to discuss with Karen the pending bailout of the auto industry. What would happen if the government …

Computational Thinking? Its a thing...

March 2nd, 2020


Computational thinking is the edge you need to be competitive in business. Tune in to find out why. Visit to read the  transcript for this episode and related information. 

TRL: What happens when you wear a Burqa to work?

February 26th, 2020


[Original air date: 05.06.2010] Jim and Karen fight like cats and dogs over Burqas in the workplace. Karen thought it was fine. Jim, not so much… And what was intended as a 15 segment turned into an hour long verbal …

Who owns your face?

February 24th, 2020


Did you know that the average adult will be caught on camera (at least) a dozen times a day and if you live in a city then, you are caught on camera …

TRL: Government Fibs, No Need For H-1Bs and Recession Proof Jobs

February 19th, 2020


[Original air date: 05.28.08] Jim is sleepy, but Karen is hyper as she rants about Government Fibs on the Labor Market. Guess where all the Recruiter jobs are? (At least those that are not in the USA) As much as you …

Do we need a law to mandate work-life balance?

February 17th, 2020


Do we need a law to mandate work-life balance? In this episode, I discuss the “Right to Disconnect” bill being debated in New York City. Essentially, …

TRL: Layoffs, Salaries and Sex in Second Life

February 12th, 2020


In this "Retro Lounge" episode: Karen is all doom and gloom about the economy, while Jim looks for the silver lining for Recruiters suffering from …

Does increasing automation decrease salaries?

February 10th, 2020


If automation can eliminate certain tasks for a certain worker by X percent then, should that worker have his compensation reduced accordingly? I …

TRL: I Spy for the EEOC

February 5th, 2020


This episode, entitled "I Spy for the EEOC," originally aired July 25, 2006. And this was the episode description: 

Jim Stroud and Karen …

Just Say No To a Robot Tax

February 2nd, 2020


Just say no to a robot tax! It may sound good in terms of protecting the American workers but, its more trouble than what its worth. I explain why in this episode. Visit for additional info related to this …

TRL: Sex at the office! Is it a wonderful thing?

January 29th, 2020


[Original air date: 12.10.08] Jim and Karen have dubbed this episode “The Sex show” and this is why:  Doctors say that office parties bring unwanted pregnancies and STDs. (Who knew it was such a busy season for them?) …

The Future of Food Service

January 27th, 2020


The food automation trend of robots and automation taking your orders, creating your food and serving it in some futuristic fashion, promised a win-win scenario for customers and restaurant owners alike. So, what has …

TRL: Should Executive Pay Be Regulated?

January 22nd, 2020


Jim Stroud and Karen Mattonen discussed the issue of Executive Pay. Should it be regulated? Jim says NO! Karen (of course) says Yes! An argument …

How many ways can you sue a recruiter?

January 20th, 2020


I am substituting my regularly scheduled episode of "The Jim Stroud Podcast" for this special reunion episode. A little over a decade ago, I …

The Retro Lounge - How To Make Money with Online Job Scams

January 15th, 2020


THE RETRO LOUNGE: Today's episode, "HOW TO MAKE MONEY WITH ONLINE JOB SCAMS," originally aired on March 27, 2009. And in this episode we discussed a recruiter who was facing possible time in jail for charging job …

Listener Update - Jan 15, 2020

January 15th, 2020


This is a quick listener update on things to come. Enjoy. 

Is Corporate Wellness a Good Thing? I'm not so sure...

January 13th, 2020


Corporate wellness programs are in the mainstream and they are intended to be a win-win situation for the company and the employee. For the most part, such seems to be the case. However, the road to hell is paved with …

What is the internet doing to us?

January 6th, 2020


Happy New Year! In this episode, I compare expert views about the internet made in 2010 and compare them to today's realities. Stay tuned for a very provocative retrospective. Transcript and resources cited on this …

The Future of Airport Security is in Your Mouth

December 30th, 2019


Have you been to the airport lately? If so, you probably noticed the facial recognition technology in effect at the major airports, especially when …

Christmas Toys for Sale (Privacy Not Included)

December 22nd, 2019


Christmas time is here! And in addition to celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ with song and merriment, there is also the sharing of gifts to those …

My conversation with Julia Gometz of Brandful Code

December 19th, 2019


In this episode of the "Its All Recruiting Podcast," I had a delightful experience with Julia Gometz of Brandful Code as we discussed: foodies and …

An Early 2019 Christmas Present for My Listeners

December 16th, 2019


Jim Stroud here with an announcement of an early Christmas present for my listeners. Tune in to find out what it is! 

ROBOTOPIA: Collaborative Intelligence in the Age of AI

December 9th, 2019


Recent economic research suggests tens of millions of jobs will be eliminated due to robots and automation, artificial intelligence and the like. Does this mean that the workplace will be a battleground between humans …

Should we be DNA testing our kids?

December 1st, 2019


In China, parents are DNA testing their children in order to forecast their academic and professional success then, make adjustments as necessary. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Both sides of the issue are debated …

Happy Thanksgiving Message to My Listeners

November 28th, 2019


Happy Thanksgiving Message to My Listeners! I appreciate your support. 


NSFW: Can Artificial Intelligence Stop Porn in the Workplace?

November 25th, 2019


Pornography in the workplace is costing companies billions in lost productivity each year. Adding filters to a computer network and monitoring internet usage is ineffective because people can simply access the material …

Biometric Resumes are Coming Soon to an Interview Near You

November 18th, 2019


Should your resume be one page or two? Well, that kind of thinking is soo... 1999. If you want to be in line with what’s happening in 2020 and …

IAR: How To Use Tech To Employ the Homeless

November 13th, 2019


In this episode, I have a great chat with Cody Merrill of SocialWyze. We discuss how to put the homeless to work and how Universal Basic Income could …

Alexa, Witness for the Defense

November 11th, 2019


Alexa has been a silent and virtual witness to several cases of crimes being committed at home. As a result, police have been calling on Amazon for …

Would you take a pill to erase your worst memory?

November 2nd, 2019


Did you know that scientists are close to inventing a pill that can erase your worst memories? It is intended to assist people suffering from PTSD and/or those struggling to get past the memory of a horrific event. Some …

So, robots are programming humans now?

October 28th, 2019


Prasad Akella, CEO of the company Drishti - a developer of video-based human-employee tracking software that records the seconds it takes for workers to complete each step of their job. He said this, “The most …

Are Social Networking Sites Good for our Children?

October 20th, 2019


A recent article from Scientific American caught my eye, the headline was this - "Social Media Has Not Destroyed A Generation” and immediately, I felt a surge of skepticism. I’ll share some quotes from the article and …

Cyborgs Rising

October 12th, 2019


I read an article recently about Dr. Peter Scott-Morgan, a scientist suffering from motor neurone disease. Rather than give into this disease, Dr. …

The Robot Will See you Now

October 6th, 2019


Robotic Surgeries are the future! And… they are the present. To be clear, robots are not operating on patients alone in operating rooms; at least not yet. What is happening is surgeons are operating in-person and …

Killer Robots are Real and They're Coming to Get You!

September 30th, 2019


One of my favorite sci-fi films of all time is The Terminator. In case you have not seen these or the other Terminator films, the movies are about killer robots making war against the human race. I remember watching the …

IAR: How To Turn Job Descriptions into Marketing Pieces

September 26th, 2019


In this episode of "Its All Recruiting" (IAR), I discuss job descriptions as marketing pieces with Rob Kelly, Chief Ongiggitizer at During our conversation we brainstormed a variety of ideas with one in …

IAR: My Interview with Jeff Amster

September 25th, 2019


"Its All Recruiting" (IAR) is a podcast series that looks at everything through the lens of recruiting. It is hosted and produced by (me) Jim Stroud.


In this episode, I had a great chat with my special guest – Jeff …

TRL: Tattoos in the Workplace

September 23rd, 2019


A decade ago, I co-hosted a popular podcast - The Recruiters Lounge [TRL] with Karen Mattonen. In October, I will begin posting these classic …

Listener Update - 9.19.19

September 19th, 2019


Hey guys, quick update on things to come to my podcast.


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IAR: My Interview with Sachin Gupta, CEO of HackerEarth

September 18th, 2019


"Its All Recruiting" (IAR) is a podcast that looks at everything through the lense of recruiting.  It is hosted and produced by Jim Stroud. Find more content like this at:


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Up next... Synthetic Brains

September 15th, 2019


Can you imagine an artificially intelligent version of yourself living on after you've died? It might be possible with new technologies being …

Robots are Now Hiring Humans

September 7th, 2019


Something historic happened this week in the world of work. Listen to this headline from Daily Star – “Robot hires human being in world first as AI conducts job interview.” Yes, you heard that correctly, robots are now …

The Future of Marketing is Product Placement

August 31st, 2019


I stumbled across this article on Gizmodo and was sucked into reading it by the headline and the first few lines of the article. The headline is …

Would you take the death test?

August 25th, 2019


Do you want to know when you will die? Believe it or not, scientists have developed a blood test that predicts whether or not you will die from …

Is the future of work at home or at the office?

August 20th, 2019


Do you work in an office or from home? According to a 2017 Gallup study, 43% of Americans report spending at least some time working remotely, so chances are you do some work from home. Depending on who you ask, that’s …

The Future of Work is Racism

August 12th, 2019


The demographics of America are rapidly changing and where there are differences there is inevitable conflict. Some of the issues are a result of …

I Don't Trust The Media. This is Why...

August 5th, 2019

15:06 - Trust in the mainstream news media is at an all-time low. Why? I do some research and now I count myself among those who have a skeptical view on everything I see, read and hear from the mainstream …

Hashtag Delete Facebook

July 29th, 2019


Few companies have been under the amount of scrutiny that Facebook has endured. Privacy advocates, free speech supporters and proponents of antitrust …

Immortality for Sale But, Who Wants to Live Forever?

July 21st, 2019


Do you want to live forever? If you had all the money in the world and you wanted to invest in ways to become immortal, where would you put your …

How To Hire Ex-Offenders [Cheri Garcia Interview]

July 19th, 2019


I had the distinct pleasure of chatting with Cheri Garcia of "Cornbread Hustle," a second chance staffing agency for ex-offenders. During our fascinating and raw chat, I learned about the success of her program, her …

Why are we so lonely? I blame social media.

July 13th, 2019


Can I ask you a personal question? Are you lonely? A recent study by CIGNA suggests that you are. They surveyed more than 20,000 U.S. adults -18 …

The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Business

July 7th, 2019


Quite recently, I had the very good fortune of connecting with Swathi Young on LinkedIn the other day. She is the founder of TechNotch solutions, a …

Listener Update - 7.6.2019

July 7th, 2019


This is a quick heads up on what I have been working on. ;-)

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What happens to your data when you die?

July 1st, 2019


Okay, now this is interesting. Facebook may eventually have more dead users than living ones. According to a study by Oxford Researchers, Facebook will have 4.9 billion deceased users on its system by the year 2100. If …

Listener Update - 6.15.19

June 15th, 2019


Jim Stroud here with a listener update and a few requests, the least of which is to ask that you take 30 seconds to fill out my podcast listener survey at Thank you in advance.

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Freedom of Thought

June 9th, 2019


In the future, will we have the freedom to think as we like without fear of economic or judicial reprisals? I hope so. Yet, recent technological …

What is The Jim Stroud Podcast all about?

June 5th, 2019


If you are new to The Jim Stroud Podcast and just want to know what its all about, this 1-minute trailer is just for you. Listen in, subscribe, comment and share it anywhere and everywhere you do your social networking …

Amazon wants to know more, more and more about you!

June 2nd, 2019


When was the last time you bought something from Amazon? Last week? Yesterday? Waiting on a package now? No doubt. Amazon is very popular with …

Listener Update - 5.27.19

May 27th, 2019


Happy Memorial Day to my listeners! No podcast this week but, I did have something to say. Tune in to find out what.

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Google Tracks Everything You Buy

May 20th, 2019


I have a public service announcement for you.  Google saves years of information on purchases you’ve made, even outside Google, and pulls this …

Big Brother in the Office

May 12th, 2019


How far will companies infringe on their worker's privacy for the sake of efficiency? Now, and in the very near future, companies will take corporate …

Mo' Data, Mo' Problems

May 6th, 2019


If you want to learn something truly fascinating that you might not have considered before, go to your favorite search engine and look up the phrase, …

Listener Update - May 3, 2019

May 3rd, 2019


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So, machines are firing people now?

April 27th, 2019


Have you ever been fired from a job before? If so, I imagine it was during an awkward in-person meeting between you, your boss and somebody from the HR department. Today, however, we live in a different era and …

Transhumanism and Discrimination in the Future of Work

April 18th, 2019


 There has been a lot of talk about diversity and inclusion as it pertains to the workplace. Do a search on duck duck go or some other search engine and you will no doubt discover countless articles about it. Yet, as I …

Big Data Knows You’re Going to Quit Your Job Before You Do

April 12th, 2019


 Are you happy on your job? Are you unsatisfied with your work? Perhaps, you’ve already begun spending quality time on in search of new opportunities? And yet, you’ve kept all this to yourself, as you …

Is it right to profit on prison labor?

April 5th, 2019


 When you think of prisoners working inside of a jail, what comes to mind? Prisoners cooking, mopping floors, folding clothes…? Yes, all of those are …

Listener Update - April 1, 2019

April 1st, 2019


This is a quick listener update to give you a heads up on recent activities and podcast changes. Among them, I was a guest on “The Chad and Cheese Podcast” ( Become a supporter of this podcast:

Would you work for a machine?

March 28th, 2019


Would you work for a machine? Some people are working for a machine right now, although they may not be aware of it. Could you be one of them? In …

The Pros and Cons of Predictive Policing

March 22nd, 2019


If you had a magic computer that could predict when crimes would take place, would you use it? Would you share it with the police so they could …

Whatever happened to employee privacy?

March 18th, 2019


 If you have a social media account or a cell phone or an internet connection, then you have no privacy. I’m pretty sure you can agree with me there. Do a search on Duck Duck Go or some other search engine for “Facebook …

The Future of Student Loan Debt

March 11th, 2019


 There is a crisis of college student loan debt that is mind-blowing in its scope. Let me share some numbers with you: 44.7 million Americans have …

Who will win the Minimum Wage Fight for 15?

March 3rd, 2019


 The Fight for 15 is an American political movement advocating for the federal minimum wage to be raised to $15 per hour. The federal minimum wage …

When will robots replace recruiters?

February 24th, 2019


I break away from my typical podcast format to chat with Katrina Collier, Candidate Engagement Specialist, world-renowned speaker and my friend. As …

Big Brother Goes Shopping

February 18th, 2019


 Did you know that when you shop, big brother is watching? Major retailers spend a lot of money on a lot of technology to attract your business and …

Facebook Is Not Your Friend

February 11th, 2019


 2018 was a banner year for data breaches and 2019 is already off to a great start. At the center of privacy scandals last year, was Facebook. It seemed like every other week there was a hacking issue or ethical …

Barcoding the Homeless

February 2nd, 2019


Do you give money to the homeless people you meet on the street? I do, sometimes. But, mostly I don’t and that’s because I think it will be spent on some sort of vice and not on say… food or shelter. This is why I …

Discussing Trump in the Workplace

January 28th, 2019


 What happens when politics is discussed in the workplace? A recent survey says that American workers are stressed out by any and all chatter about …

Would you ride in a car without a driver?

January 20th, 2019


 Would you ride in a self-driving car? Yeah, neither would I. As far as the public at large is concerned, they wouldn’t either. One 2018 survey cited

How To Stop Tech Addiction

January 13th, 2019


 I read the other day that chronic social media use is as bad as drug addiction and I remember thinking, "Is that true?" Well, I did a little bit of research and the answer is yes, a very disturbing yes. I discuss how …

Privacy is dead and dying more each day

January 7th, 2019


Amazon reported that 100 million Alexa devices have been sold as of this writing. That’s great for Amazon but for you, maybe not so much. If you are …

Santa Claus & the Free Gift of Universal Basic Income

December 17th, 2018

The Christmas season is upon us which means, among other things, Santa Claus will be delivering toys and gifts to all the good little boys and girls around the world. Free gifts are one of the reasons why Christmas is …

What happens when designer babies enter the workforce?

December 10th, 2018

A scientist named - He Jianku claims to have created the world’s first genetically edited babies. Shortly after the announcement was made, He Jianku disappeared to parts unknown. (Insert dramatic music here.) If what He …

A Future Talk with Dr. Tracey Wilen

December 10th, 2018


{QUICK NOTE: I’m thinking of doing a podcast where I interview interesting people about the future of work, life and everything in between. Consider this to be the pilot episode. If I do more of these, it will be …

Microchipping Employees is a No-good, Horrible and Terrible Idea

December 3rd, 2018

A Wisconsin company made it possible for their workers to throw away their employee ID cards, forget all their passwords, make copies and get food from a vending machine in a surprisingly convenient way. The magic …

How Emerging Technology is Disrupting the Training and Development Industry

November 26th, 2018


Attention Human Resources department, instead of spending so much time and money developing an onboarding program and/or a series of corporate training initiatives, why not simply plug your workers into a matrix-like …

Listener Update - Happy Thanksgiving 2018

November 22nd, 2018


This is just a quick note of thanks to all my listeners and subscribers. I so appreciate you being there. Thank you! Become a supporter of this podcast:

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Is Immortality the Best Employee Benefit?

November 18th, 2018


What would happen if companies offered their employees immortality as an employee benefit? In this burgeoning age of digital afterlife services, such …

Proud Parents are Enabling the Identity Theft of their Kids

November 10th, 2018

Identity theft is a global epidemic and its about to get worse because of proud, well-meaning parents. Find out what I mean in the latest episode of The Jim Stroud Podcast. (Please check out this great special for my …

This is what happens when you crowdsource morality!

November 5th, 2018

What would happen if we crowd sourced morality? In other words, instead of a bible or a quran or a torah guiding us, we make life and death decisions …

Human Cloning: The Answer to Talent Scarcity

October 27th, 2018

Earlier this year, something extraordinary was being reported in the news.  For the first time in American history, there were more jobs than people out of work. To be specific, in June 2018, there were  6.7 million job …

Brain to Brain Communication… Its a thing.

October 22nd, 2018


Believe it or not, scientists connected 3 human brains together and used that connection to… play Tetris, because… why not? This new technology …

How 2 Recruit Like a Developer

September 15th, 2017

What recruiters can learn from software engineers Become a supporter of this podcast: This podcast is sponsored by Anchor

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