I listen to podcasts to keep me in the social media, social recruiting and technology loop (and to prevent guilt from not “working” and #FOMO).

Yes, I have become one of those stats – I take my smart phone (soon to be Galaxy S5) everywhere!

I wake up in the morning, look to make sure my husband has not been kidnapped by aliens (or god forbid, gotten out of bed early and made me a coffee – aliens are more likely!) and then I reach for my phone.

I am officially a 5am’er. Wake at 5, and read / tweet / listen / learn in my pjs whilst waiting for my body to kick in.

I can’t even drive without using my phone (hands-free learning!)

I run with my phone (hands-free running)

I cook with my phone (the kitchen look like I’ve cooked handsfree when I’m finished)

I watch TV with my phone (poor cat does not get a look in now!)

I was asked recently what I podcasts I rate while I multi-task. Being in the tech, social media and social recruiting world, I need to keep my wits about me and stay up to date!

Here are 5 great podcasts that I can’t do without – they’re a great blend of social recruiting, social media, generic tech “stuff” and (dare I suggest?!) fun:

1) The Recruiting Animal:

Animal has a great show – a great mix of funny, serious, outrageous – but always relevant – recruiter chat (and he’s not called Animal due to furry-fluffiness).

He often has recruiters on his show – they talk real world recruiting and often dis social media in favour of traditional recruiting. My kids love him!

2) HR Examiner:

John Sumser is the gent of the social recruiting and HR world (and his laugh makes me giggle). He often has recruiting technologists and leaders on his show

3) Guardian Tech Weekly:

Guardian Tech Weekly is a great blend of all things technology and social media (especially good for social media marketers, tech recruiters, and games recruiters).

The BBC’s Click is pretty good too!

4) Jim Stroud:

Then I opened up my email (at 5am) this morning and spotted the super Jim Stroud had started a podcast “The Social Recruiter Podcast: A Million Dollar Recruiting Strategy“.

#GetIn! (My 6 year old has started saying “get in!” – to my US friends, that’s “cool” in English.)

So, Jim Stroud gets my number 4 slot (not ranked, obviously!)

5) Kermode and Mayo:

And I can’t do without number 5 – Kermode and Mayo’s film review.

I rarely get to listen live (2-4 on a Friday means I’m working), so I download Friday night and use over the weekend.

Right now I’m trying Android’s AntennaPod. It’s a free podcast “catcher” and seems to be doing the trick.

What do you listen to that gives you a reason to not work (and relieves the guilt you make have for ignoring your new limb – your phone?)

About Lisa Jones

Lisa Jones is a Director at Barclay Jones, a Consultancy working with recruiters advising them on the most effective use of technology, web and social media to improve their business processes, recruitment and bottom line. Follow Lisa on Twitter @LisaMariJones.

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