Defend from the forces of Chaos

“A schedule defends from whim and chaos. It is the net for catching days” Anne Dillard.

Anne was an insightful person. How many times have you rocked up to work and worked very, very hard but seemed to get nothing done. You were busy, busy, busy but in reality you were a busy fool.

This is where a schedule can step in and make all the difference. Now for every person a schedule can be very different.

If you work on an industrial temps desk you may need to be in the office earlier compared with say a permanent consultant however.

A schedule should have three things. – Set times each day or week for important tasks. Time set aside for admin and a level of flexibility within each timeslot.

Below we have outlined a what we think is a great schedule.

8am 10am – Non-sales time – Tasks Review the daily plan, respond and clear your inbox, review new candidates, search current openings, candidate registration meetings, 15 minutes purposeful reading, return urgent client calls, clear any admin, go to client visits.

10am to 12midday – SALES TIME – Business Development Calls, Lead chasing calls, Interview feedback.

12midday to 2pm – Non Sales Time – Submit candidate CV’s, clear inbox to inbox zero, call candidates with job offers, feedback and updates, organise interviews, HAVE LUNCH AWAY FROM DESK

2pm to 5pm – SALE TIME – Client calls, Business Development Calls, Chase up CV’s, follow up on leads,etc.

5pm – 6:30pm – Approach calls to candidates, update calls to candidate, inbox zero and plan tomorrow.

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A epic list of recruitment software providers

Selecting software can be so tiresome, espically when you are trying to do it and recruit your heart out.
Below we have listed, what we think are the best providers out there on the market.
Check out the list below. Remember, what is good for one person, is not always good for another person. So check out the list below, do your research and understand your requirements.

Access RDB

Marketing Programmes Manager Isabel Ubeda –

T: 01206 322 575


Sales Director EMEA, Adapt & TempBuddy James Payne

T: +44 (0) 1903 707070
W: Adapt


Ben Hutchins

T: 01635 584130


Chairman & CEO Roderick Smyth

T: (UK) +44 (0) 800 078 9018 (International) +353 (1) 247 5421


T: 01788 552241
AscendysHR Ltd

AscendysHR Ltd

Director Victoria Hatch

T: +44 (0) 161 370 0696
Bullhorn International

Bullhorn International

EMEA Managing DirectorPeter Linas

T: 0800 50 88 600 / +44 (0) 203 617 6262

Cluen Corporation

T: +44 207 048 2025


Managing Director Will Minns

T: 01603 735935
Davidson Gray

Davidson Gray

Managing Director Rhys Jones

T: 0161 927 3810 / 0207 127 0661

Daxtra Technologies

T: +44 20 7801 6323


T: +44 (0) 800 073 4243
W: Eploy
FCP Internet

FCP Internet

T: +44 (0)1256 845 055

Firefish Software

CEO Wendy McDougall

T: 0141 648 8520
Flo Software Solutions

Flo Software Solutions

T: 0345 872 3616
Gel Solutions

Gel Solutions Ltd

Owner Luis Silva

T: 08448 794 889


Managing Director Jeremy Ovenden

T: 0844 324 5027


Head of Sales and Marketing Paul Sangster

T: 01892 825820
W: itris


Commercial and Marketing Officer Nick Morris

T: 0131 463 9099
Logic Melon

Logic Melon

T: 0845 126 3997


Marketing Manager Daniel Fox

T: +44 (0) 1277 227778
Oxford Software

Oxford Software

T: 0845 1300 332

Paloma Systems

T: 01273 778688
Recruit Studio

Recruit Studio

T: 08458 381 381


Managing Director Sandy Scott

T: 0844 583 2134
W: Safe
Vacancy Filler Recruitment Software

Vacancy Filler Recruitment Software

T: 0844 800 9376

Voyager Software

T: 0800 008 6262
Zeel Solutions

Zeel Solutions

T: 0845 31 31 311
Zeel Solutions

Zeel Solutions Zpayplus

T: 0845 31 31 311
Zoho Recruit

Zoho Recruit

T: +1 (888) 204 3539

Do you need to stay in control of conversations? Try this out

He or she who asks the questions is in control. So ask questions to stay in control.

When you are in a conversation with a candidate, with a client, with a gatekeeper, with your boss, with your spouse. Whoever is asking the questions is in control of the conversation.

They are the ones that are dictating where it goes and where it goes to next. So you want to always be asking questions because you stay in control and it allows you to guide the conversation to where you want it to be.

Remember, it is your time, it is your call, and it is your responsibility to ask these questions.

So for example, if a candidate asks you a question about something, let’s say, “What is the salary for the role?” what you do is you ask, “What salary are you looking for?” because in that way, instead of them finding out that the role is paying 40 to 50, you may find that they’re only looking for 38.

So you actually might have a bargain on your hands. But if they hear it’s 40 to 50, they then know to ask for at least 40. So that’s a good example of why you should stay in control.

Ask questions. Stay in control. And it just makes you more effective in every conversation and in every engagement.


If you are looking for more recruitment hints, tips and tricks why not try our book “Recruitment Hacks” available on Amazon.

To many internal emails? Reduce internal emails with Slack

Reduce Internal Emails with Slack

Internal emails. Internal mind farts normally. How many times do you end up sending emails like text messages? More often than you care to admit. And even if you do not, I bet you can think of someone who does.

So what is the cure for dealing with all these internal emails? Smashing up everyone’s PC’s? That might work. Although a P45 may end up in the post.

What is more likely to work would be moving internal communication to Slack or Facebook For Work.

Both of these programmes are essentially instant messenger services or chat programmes, but for work (so no egg plant emoji’s).

The beauty of both of these platforms is that they have been developed specifically for teams to work together, cut email and smooth out communication. There maybe some internal resistance to moving away from 100% email. However the gains to be had are mind blowing!

Slack can be found at

Facebook for Work can be found at‎


If you are looking for more recruitment hints, tips and tricks why not try our book “Recruitment Hacks” available on Amazon.

Use this app to stay up-to-date with everything

Keep upto date and share with Feedly

Do you want to keep up with all the best developments in your area of expertise? Of course, you do.

Do you want to have your blogs, newspapers and youtube videos all in one place? You bet you do.

Do you want to share this with all your contacts? That sounds like a third yes to me.

This is where Feedly can and does step in. Feedly allows you to aggregate and discover content from across the web all in one place on your phone or iPad. The brilliance of this App means that when you are on the bus or tube into work you can find four or five articles that your audience will love and then get on with the rest of your day, safe in the knowledge your audience is catered for.

Now if you know how to use RSS feeds, Zapier or IFTT Feedly becomes a piece of genius.

Use this Applet from IFFT and every time you find an interesting article on Feedly it will automatically be added to your Buffer social queue. Quick and easy thought leadership social media at the touch of a button.

Feedly is located at

If you are looking for more recruitment hints, tips and tricks why not try our book “Recruitment Hacks” available on Amazon.