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67: EMEA Recruitment Podcast #67 – Greg Savage

November 4th, 2020

In this episode of the EMEA Recruitment podcast, we were proud to be joined by a “living legend of recruitment”, Greg Savage. Greg is an advisor, consultant, investor, speaker and author in the recruitment industry. 

“We have no control over coronavirus, but we do have control over our response.”

Inevitably, the topic of conversation between Greg and our Founder, Paul Toms, turned to the COVID-19 pandemic. Greg has been advising his clients about taking advantage of the recovery period as it comes. Keeping a positive mental attitude is something that he believes leads to resilience. 

In fact, since his career in recruitment started back in 1980, Greg hasn’t had a single conversation about a job in any other industry. But he does have a warning for recruiters of the future, as he believes some roles are under threat of automation. Greg reveals to Paul the skills that he thinks recruiters need to survive the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI). 

He also explains why the recruitment sector is a fantastic career choice for women and other minority groups – it’s an empowering discussion!

However, returning to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Greg feels that a lot of leaders were exposed in the first month or two. He runs through the six things that all great leaders, either in recruitment or not, need in the current situation.

Of course, all leaders also need to switch off. Paul and Greg discuss the best practices for looking after yourself and being more productive. 

Whether you’re an established recruiter, are new to the industry or are in another field entirely, Greg has some fantastic pieces of wisdom from his career in staffing and professional services.

We hope that you enjoy this episode – if you think your network would benefit from Greg’s advice, please feel free to share it with them.

These helpful timestamps will direct you to the section you’re looking for:

01:01 – What’s on Greg’s mind today02:49 – Being resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic09:15 – Why Greg has never considered leaving recruitment12:25 – The impact of automation on recruiters19:50 – The most important book for influencing people25:40 – Why recruitment is a win-win-win30:34 – Best practices for leaders40:08 – How Greg switches off46:17 – How to reach out to Greg


To check out Greg’s website, click here: https://gregsavage.com.au/


EMEA Recruitment is proud to bring you our podcast in partnership with Operation Smile, an international medical charity. We’re hoping to raise vital funds and awareness of the work that they do in providing life-changing surgery to children and adults with cleft lip and palate. To find out more, visit: https://www.emearecruitment.eu/operation-smile


This episode was hosted by Paul Toms, the Founder of EMEA Recruitment, and Jenny Callum, our Senior Consultant. 

If you’d like to find out more about us, visit our website: https://www.emearecruitment.eu/

To follow us on LinkedIn, click here: https://www.linkedin.com/company/emea-recruitment-limited/

You can also connect with Paul at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paultoms/

And Jenny: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennycallumemea/


If there are any topics you’d like covered on the EMEA Recruitment podcast, please let us know via LinkedIn


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