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Using Corporate Branding Concepts and Terms in your Employer Branding Efforts


It is now time to start thinking and implementing your Employer Branding Program and Strategy with Corporate Branding concepts and terms. When I began in Employer Branding in 2002, we thought about Employer Branding as an “add-on” to the Recruitment function.  Fortunately this has changed; it has now evolved into a total system and approach (mostly) embedded in a company’s Talent Acquisition culture and set of behaviors.

I have been extremely fortunate to now have a global Employer Branding position which is closely linked to my firm’s Corporate Branding /Marketing Departments. When I arrived (several years ago) I invited my colleague in Corporate Branding (early on) to partner and work with me on developing and implementing our Employer Branding strategy and program. We struck up a tremendous working relationship and broke new ground in linking HR and Corporate Branding together.

Additionally, on a number of his Corporate Branding projects, he incorporated my Employer Branding Program into his efforts in Stakeholder Management and Corporate Values.

My own knowledge of Corporate Branding was and is elevated by this partnership. I now think in terms of applying Corporate Branding Concepts to Employer Branding; such as—an “Employer Brand Architecture”  where  our main Corporate (monolithic) Employer Brand permeates the organization and all divisions but can accommodate “sub-Employer brands” for certain unique parts of the organization—like the IT or the Engineering Department (where unique individuals and personalities are critically needed). Similarly, you can also developed Employer Brand Equity and Employer Brand Experience where all the distinguishing qualities of our Employer Brand Equity results in personal commitment to our Employer Brand which helps differentiate us from our competitors, thus making our Employer Brand valued and valuable. We also want to create a unique Employer Brand experience which can arise from consistent experiences which combine to form a clear and differentiated overall Employer Brand experience. Similarly, your Employer Brand can also use the concepts of an Employer Brand Identity and Employer Brand image, where the outward (and inward) expression of the Employer Brand Identity is the fundamental means of company recognition, thus symbolizing our differentiation from our peers/competitors.  And our Employer Brand Image is the net “out-take” and for job candidates based on the impressions and experiences they have with us.

These are just a very few Corporate Branding concepts which we Employer Brand practitioners can adopt and expand to our use. Lastly, overall, I think it might be best if all Employer Branding Program and efforts are closely partnered and aligned with Corporate Branding and Marketing Departments—a strong HR partnership with them is critical.


Former Monsanto Director of Employment Branding & Recruitment Marketing and Lead, University Recruiting (& volunteer Diversity Train-the-Trainer) in Corporate Human Resources

A former Chicagoan and ex-resident of Hertfordshire county England, Johnny is an award-winning Global Recruiting & Employer Branding executive with 15+ years in building/leading global & regional talent acquisition and employer branding functions at several Fortune 500 companies. He was an Employer Branding Director at Randstad Sourceright and has been Director, Employment Branding & University Relations at Monsanto in St. Louis for 5 & ½ years. Prior, he was at Lockheed in Maryland, as head office Corporate Staffing Supervisor & Senior Recruiter. Mr. Nesbitt attended Michigan Graduate Business School and graduated with an MBA (Finance) from Rutgers Graduate Business School in 1988; he also holds a BA in Anthropology from Amherst w/Dean’s list honors & a Professional Banking Diploma from American Institute of Banking-NYC Chapter, 1982; he an authored articles for RecruitmentBuzz on Employer Branding & Talent Acquisition. He is an appointed judge for the Employer Brand Management Awards MENA and the Web Marketing Association; now divorced Johnny, enjoys reading & writing, spending time with his British girlfriend travelling & playing with his beloved (“sidekick”) – a Shih Tzu pup named “Bugsy”.


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