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Feb 28, 2023

We are on the floor of TA week in San Diego, California, and chatting with Mike ‘Batman’ Cohen about why he loves TA week and how it provides authenticity, vulnerability, and acceptance in the talent world. Mike goes on to explain what DEI hiring is, why it is so important, and how people in talent acquisition need to take the safety of their employees seriously. Looking deeper at safety, Mike explains that it is more complex than fire drills; it is about using vulnerability to go beyond the surface level. You will hear about why there is no right way to do recruiting, what it means to be human, the dissemination of information, and Mike shares the best career advice he has received. 


Key Points From This Episode:


  • How Mike is finding TA week and why he is loving it.

  • The power of authenticity and ‘owning your stuff’. 

  • Human nature and how it relates to talent acquisition.

  • The importance of DEI hiring and what it looks like in businesses.

  • What it looks like for a recruiter to be vulnerable.

  • What it means to ‘be human’.

  • Mike shares some personal stories of being vulnerable in his job.

  • Why we need to remember that we are all just doing our best.

  • The dissemination of information and the platforms that show real people. 

  • The relationship you build with the people you work with.

  • The best career advice Mike has received.




“Humans are uncomfortable being uncomfortable.” — @BatmanRecruiter [0:03:44]


“There is no right way to do recruiting. There are a ton of wrong ways, but you’re never going to ‘get it’.” — @BatmanRecruiter [0:06:48]


“We tend to judge ourselves by our intent and other by their actions.” — @BatmanRecruiter [0:11:00]


“We are all doing the best we can with the tools at our disposal. ” — @BatmanRecruiter [0:11:19]


Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:


Mike Cohen

Mike Cohen on Twitter

Mike Cohen on LinkedIn

Mike Cohen on Instagram

Wayne Technologies 

The Culture Code

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