Get to know the LN Director: Sam Dyde

Sam has supported digital learning recruitment for the better part of a decade, and he has a real passion for introducing great candidates to great clients.  During that time, Sam has developed an extensive network across the industry and is really looking forward to using this to drive interest and inclusion in virtual and f2f events for the Learning Network. Sam is looking forward to supporting events and helping to promote the Learning Network to existing members and helping to grow the community.

What do you like most about the L&D field? 

The people! I’ve supported the industry as a recruitment partner for the last decade which has given me the opportunity to meet so many amazing people. I love that everyone in L&D is intrinsically helpful, and will always take the time to offer support if you ask

What made you decide to stand for the LN board? 

We (Possibl) have been industry partners to the Network for the last 5 years, and I’ve got to know board members past and present during that time. I thought that having a board member from the recruitment industry could offer some fresh insight and help to drive engagement and membership. 

What would your dream job be? 

Haha – ideally a cocktail taster for Dirty Martini but I think it would get in the way of the school run somewhat! Seriously I love what I do, I’ve worked through the ranks from a junior consultant to an Associate Director and can’t see that changing any time soon.

If you could change 1 thing about the world of L&D, what would it be? 

I’d encourage companies who work with recruitment consultants to actually consult with us when recruiting. Having worked in the industry for years we are well placed to offer accurate advice on day rates, make suggestions on the best route to market and ensure that projects are correctly staffed for success. We offer so much more than just a CV finding service but are often seen as a “necessary evil” instead of a business partner.

What does a typical workday look like to you? 

Lots and lots of conversations! I spend my days making contact with new candidates and clients, and developing existing relationships with people that I am already in touch with. 

What is your favourite type of training to either build or deliver? 

Whilst I don’t have any formal experience in L&D I have been instrumental in supporting new starters and providing informal training to offer advice on best practice to set new consultants up for success. Results of this are very tangible, and I love having the opportunity to impart knowledge that I’ve gained over the years to help others 

What are you currently obsessed with? 

So not learning related but we use a piece of software called Hinterview, which is video recruitment software that allows us to create marketing, present candidates and streamline the service we provide to our clients.  

If you could give yourself advice when you were first starting out, what would it be? 

Listen more, talk less and take notes! 

What has been your proudest moment? 

This year I was promoted to Associate Director of Possibl. When I started with the business 10 years ago I hadn’t worked a day in recruitment so to now be considered a pillar of the business is by far the biggest achievement in my career. Outside of work I’ve got two beautiful children and I don’t think you can have a prouder achievement than parenthood.

Who inspires you?

My other half Jen, who manages to successfully direct the chaos that is family life, work full time and still makes the time for anyone who asks for it. She also regularly points me in the right direction when I’m trying to spin too many plates at the same time.

If you were a super-hero, what would your name be and what powers would you have?

BatDad – the ability to be in several places at the same time 

What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

Applied to join the board of the Learning Network! 

What three items would you take with you on a deserted island? 

A good book, a cool box of beer and a speed boat 

Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?


Finally, what would be your top 5 tips for someone new to L&D?

From a recruitment perspective I’d suggest:

  1. Personal development – you’re in an industry where the opportunity to learn is ever present so take any opportunities you’re offered and go for it. 
  2. Make sure you have a strong CV which is relevant to any roles that you are applying for. Take the time to review a job spec and tailor your CV to outline your strengths and experience. 
  3. Have an up to date portfolio. Your portfolio is the best way to showcase your skills and ability, and often has a massive impact on hiring decisions.
  4. Make sure that your applications are relevant. This is especially important in the contract space, clients need candidates who can hit the ground running, so you need to have the relevant experience to take the job on. 
  5. Ask employers for references to back up the quality of the work that you produce. A decent recommendation from a reputable client carries so much weight when applying for roles.