TZL Podcast: Jeremy Clarke

Jun 27, 2024

Jeremy Clarke

Mastering Recruitment in the Design Industry: Strategies and Insights


"Being progressive and open-minded in how you define the roles that you need is critical to successful recruiting."

  • Jeremy Clarke
  • About the Guest:

    Jeremy Clarke: Jeremy Clarke is the Director of Recruiting and Retention at Zweig Group. He boasts a rich background as a combat veteran in the U.S. Air Force, followed by significant roles in recruiting at Rockwell Collins Aerospace and Walmart Corporate. Jeremy's extensive experience also includes founding and successfully running his recruiting firm, Emissary, for over a decade. He is well-versed in the challenges and nuances of recruiting within the design industry and is currently leading efforts to innovate and improve recruitment and retention strategies at Zweig Group.

    Episode Summary:

    In this engaging episode of The Zweig Letter Podcast, host Randy Wilburn delves into the ever-evolving world of recruitment and retention within the design industry. Joined by Jeremy Clarke, Director of Recruiting and Retention at Zweig Group, the conversation covers the high stakes and unique challenges firms face in attracting top-tier talent amidst shifting industry dynamics, accelerated by the pandemic.

    With over two decades of experience, Jeremy Clarke shares invaluable insights on the current landscape of design industry recruitment, emphasizing the critical role of innovative and strategic approaches. He dissects the impact of the post-Covid environment, the integration of AI in the recruitment process, and the perennial importance of building genuine relationships. Furthermore, Jeremy offers practical advice on creating marriage-worthy job offers and maintaining long-term employee satisfaction through meaningful benefits and career pathing.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Innovative Recruiting in a Tight Labor Market: Emphasize creativity and open-mindedness in defining roles and identifying talent to stay ahead in the competitive design industry.
    • Role of AI in Recruitment: Understand how AI complements the recruitment process, especially in candidate identification and analysis.
    • Importance of Human Connection: Despite technological advances, building genuine, trust-based relationships remains paramount in effective recruitment.
    • Retention Through Career Pathing: Develop clear, competency-based career paths to anchor employees and enhance retention.
    • Long-Term Benefits Over Perks: Focus on providing substantial, long-term benefits like career advancement opportunities and strong retirement plans rather than short-term perks.

    All this and more on this episode of the Zweig Letter podcast.


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    For listeners seeking to stay ahead in the design industry, tune into this episode for actionable insights and strategies. Stay tuned for more thought-provoking discussions and expert advice on The Zweig Letter Podcast!

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    About Zweig Group

    Zweig Group, three times on the Inc. 500/5000 list, is the industry leader and premiere authority in AEC firm management and marketing, the go-to source for data and research, and the leading provider of customized learning and training. Zweig Group exists to help AEC firms succeed in a complicated and challenging marketplace through services that include: Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategic Planning, Valuation, Executive Search, Board of Director Services, Ownership Transition, Marketing & Branding, and Business Development Training. The firm has offices in Dallas and Fayetteville, Arkansas.