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EP217: Max Learmonth, Founder & CEO - Forge Talent - Why The Recruitment Industry Is Broken

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In this episode, Lysha is joined by Max, the Founder and CEO of Forge Talent. Max's journey began on the field as a professional rugby player before transitioning into the world of recruitment over 12 years ago. He honed his skills in both a large corporate environment and an SME before venturing out to establish his own recruitment business, Forge Talent in May 2023.

Forge Talent has been founded on the core principle that they are focused on relationships, not transactions. As a specialised Finance and Accounting Talent Partner, Forge Talent boasts deep-seated connections within both large PLCs and SMEs across the North West.

In this episode, Max shares his thoughts to:

  • Why recruitment is broken
  • Why relationships matter
  • What does high performance look like
  • How to stand out on LinkedIn for leaders
  • Why leaders should be hands-on

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The Recruiter's Recruitment Podcast is proudly sponsored by Paiger and partners to Needi and Inclusion Crowd.

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Paiger - Making Recruiters Smarter and Faster. Paiger helps recruiters build personal brands, identify new business opportunities, attract candidates, and have better conversations.

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