Meet Johnny Campbell, the First of the ‘Career Life Stories’ on ERE

You’ve read interviews about the great work of talent-acquisition leaders and recruiters (like this one).

I’m doing something different.

I’m doing a series about the people’s lives of this field.

Our work and our lives are often intertwined, and yet we often only get a glimpse into someone’s world when we see them at work in a professional capacity. I want to understand more about the person behind the career and learning about the experiences that have shaped them, their lives, and their careers. These stories are personal, open and honest and we have covered difficult and challenging topics in our interviews.

The first is below. It’s about Johnny Campbell, a well-known face in recruiting around the world and CEO and co-founder of SocialTalent. We talk about:

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  • The early days of SocialTalent and how it nearly went broke before one of several pivotal moments changed the course of their business.
  • How the business went from working out its back bedrooms to a global organization
  • How landing a job and a two-year stint working in the Cayman Islands changed his perspective on life
  • Setting up business with his business partner Vince and how it was the best business decision he’s ever made.
  • The personal drive, tenacity, and resilience — along with dedication and hard work — that has driven him in his personal and professional life.

Check it out below.

Nick Price has spent his career asking people questions about what they do and why they do it. Twenty years ago, he began working in the research team with TMP Worldwide, before going on to become head of research for the recruitment communications agency, ThirtyThree. With an impressive array of blue chip, government, and public-sector clients, he led a team developing pan-European branding programmes in Eastern Europe and Russia, and also worked with the higher education sector in Delhi to implement a graduate program for a major NGO.
His experience has subsequently led him to work across several fields including strategy, analytics, branding and communications. He’s worked in startups and with startups and with his own company won the ERE Recruiting Innovation Summit - HR Technology start-up award for innovation in Silicon Valley, California, with a pioneering candidate feedback tool - Mystery Applicant in 2012.
Having used film extensively for employer branding and communications projects and having had a lifelong interest in filming and stories, he recognized an opportunity to integrate film and video that delivered bespoke content with a well-researched and natural approach to interviewing and strong creative execution. His company Working Films has given him the opportunity to use his extensive experience to create a film production company that showcases real stories about people and their work, through natural and engaging story telling. His talent as a producer lies in having a natural curiosity and interest in people stories and to share these through film in a way that connects and engages with audiences on an emotional level.