The Three Key Tasks

Before I delve deeper. Why three? Three is a magical number that is not too small to feel uni-focused and not too big that we get lost in procrastination. Three is easy for everyone to keep in mind and think about clearly during a working day.

So as a recruiter I have sat down and thought out what are the three most important tasks that I need to focus on every day. As I mused about this, it was easy to say the most important task I need to work on was getting placements, putting candidates into jobs and issuing invoices.

But on deeper reflection, I realised that getting placements is actually a by-product, the result if you will, of doing the most critical tasks – daily. So with this in mind, it becomes comfortable in the end to figure out what the three most important functions are for a recruiter like myself each day.

  1. Business Development
  2. Marketing
  3. Candidate Generation & Screening

Simple really. CV submissions, Jobs, Interviews, Placements. All of these critical KPI’s, in the end, come down to these three tasks.

Using the power of 3 important tasks in your daily recruiting

When using the 3 important tasks in your daily recruiting, I suggest you first work out what are the three most important tasks for your recruitment, your desk, your business. Then focus on them and work them into your daily schedule. Each day set three goals for each important task. So, for example, Business Development

  1. Make 10 business development calls
  2. Add 5 new contacts to the system
  3. Make 2 relationship building calls

Then all you have to do is work on the job you do not want to do. It is that simple. Try it for 30 days and see how it might change the way you work. As ever, any questions or thoughts, please email joseph@thenakedrecruiter.com  

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Use Hunter.io to track down emails

Tracking down emails whilst researching prospects and candidates can be a time-consuming process and sometimes all you can do is really just guess.

We have all done this guessing game and it is a pain. Hunter.io solves this problem. Hunter.io is a Chrome extension and a website that searches and stores emails from the across the internet for almost every and any company.

The joy of Hunter is that if it finds an email, it tells you the source, plus, also recommends possible formats for those it does not have. You can use a Hunter as a bog standard webpage.

Where it really comes into its own is the Chrome extension. You are on joebloggsaccountants.com and want to find emails addresses, click on the Hunter icon and it will bring up all the emails found associated with this web address.

Like lightning, it is there. Brilliant, simple, effective. You can find Hunter at https://hunter.io/   

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Destress with the Calm App

Anyone who tells you recruitment is not stressful is either a liar or not a recruiter.

Recruitment is one of the most stressful careers there is. Why? Because 100% of your product is primarily dealing with people, and we all know how stressful people are. This is where Calm can come in and be a beneficial source of chill in a sea of craziness.

Calm was voted the best App of 2017, which is to be fair a fantastic accolade. What Calm does is threefold of brilliance.

1) It offers guided meditations around a range of topics and issues from keeping calm to building your confidence in dealing with anxiety.

2) It has calming and sweet stories that are both inspirational and great as adult bedtime stories.

3) It also offers calming music that can be anything from rainforest sounds to waterfalls so that you can zone out from the hustle and bustle and find some inner peace. I like putting on the ambient music when I have to focus, or I am a little stressed during a hard day.

You can find Calm at https://www.calm.com    

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Have quick, stand up meetings

The meeting has now entered its 365th hour and Janice from procurement has asked you a question and you realize that you are not paying attention and that you have been slumped in your chair, you totally zoned out.

Why did you zone out?

Because the meeting has gone on for a very long time, mainly because everyone is comfortably sat down. The cure to long, meandering meetings is to hold ‘stand up meetings’. Although there maybe some resistance to the idea of a stand up meeting, it really is a wonderful innovation to bring into the workplace.

Every meeting will be quicker, more effective and will end up in more decisions being taken. These are wonderful benefits to have. So why are standing up meetings better? When everyone is stood up it puts people in a more ‘action’ ordinated mindset because as cavemen or cavewomen we would have been standing up to do all the important action focused things like hunting and wrestling with sabre tooth tigers.

By standing up this mindset will come into play during meetings. When you are standing up your voice sounds different and you talk at a quicker pace, everyone in the room having the meeting will talk at a quicker more punchy pace. Wafflers generally will want to get the meeting over so they can sit down again at their desk and waffle to their work neighbor.

A standing meeting is also really healthy as most recruiters spend a good portion of their day on the phone at their desk sitting on their bums. Sitting is the new smoking and has huge health risks so everyone will benefit.

So the next time Janice wants a meeting to discuss paperclip purchases recommend a quick stand up meeting.   

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Get to the top of Linked In

Do you want to appear at the top of LinkedIn searches for your niche? Of course, you do.

This is one very quick hack that can get you to the top of the LinkedIn search. Copy your competitor who is top of the tree.

When you are doing your research, search what you want to know for – say a Java Recruitment in Manchester. Put Java Recruiter in LinkedIn and see who appears at the top. Study their profile carefully and then do the following things.

1. Ensure that your profile is 100% complete.

2. See how many times they mention the keywords that you find essential, e.g., Java.

3. Rewrite your profile keeping in mind that density of keywords, the location of keywords and number of keywords is essential to the rankings.

4. Share content related to this subject matter on a regular basis so, candidates in this field visit your profile. And say to Linked In, this person is Mr Or Mrs Java Manchester. In time you will slowly move up the rankings.

As with all things SEO and Search it take time. But this time well spent that will pay back later on.   

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