Chrome Plugins increase productivity

Chrome is great. It is by far the best internet browser on the market. It is just lovely.

It has all the great Google Search facilities. But one of its most neglected features, especially by recruiters, is the Chrome plugins that you can download via the Google marketplace. Normally for free.

Some of these plugins are an absolute godsend and huge time savers. What I would suggest is that you get on there, have a look, and go out there and find out what’s out there.

These are some of the ones that I use:

Zoho Recruitment
Zoho CRm
Buffer
Hunter.io
Grammarly


They are great and can be found at https://gsuite.google.com/marketplace/

They save me time. They save me effort. And with just a click of a button, you can do so many things. So get in there, start exploring, and you’ll find a whole treasure trove of things that are interesting.

Remember Chrome is the best browser with great plugins.

WooHoo!

Gray is the new Black

Gray is the new Black – Reduce addictiveness of your mobile by turning your phone to grayscale.

Mobiles are addictive things. They’re brilliant though, I for one, for years, was addicted to Angry Birds. Mobile phones can also be a killer on productivity, steal family and freinds time and damage sleep. They are probably the 21st century cigarettes.

There is one simple, quick and easy way to reduce the addictiveness and the desire to want to be on your phone. It is called grey-scaling.

What is grey scaling?

Essentially, you are turning all the colors black and white. So it’s like an old 1950s movie but on your phone. It essentially kills the blue haze background your phone off produces..

The instant you do this, going on Facebook, going on any app is nowhere near as fun or interesting because the colours are what give it vitality and addictiveness to the brain. The colours help to create that dopamine hit.

By going on grayscale, you won’t want to be on your phone as much and you will be able to focus during work on the day to day stuff.

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Call then Email – a secret to kill email tennis

Always call first, email second

You are a recruiter, the phone is your natural habitat. You are a lion and the phone is your African savannah. Email is the Atlantic ocean.

Do you see many Lions in the Sea? Okay, smart ass in the back, yes there are sea lions, but you do not often see them hunting and catching Zebra.

So call, call, call. Always call before emailing a candidate, client or colleague, it will speed up the processing of emails and tasks. In all likelihood get you a better result compared to sending an email.

How can you make this work on a daily basis to really hack productivity? What if you do not get through to the person or need an audit trail?

Calling instead of emailing will really boost your productivity as you will, in a 2-minute call, be able to communicate and make progress on a wide range of tasks that would have taken a long time to send, respond, negotiate and agree via emails.

When calling someone if you do not get through, leave them a voicemail and then send them a quick email saying I have left a voicemail responding to this or send the email you were going to send.

If you need an audit trail, then after a call, just send a quick summing up email that will cover (your ass) as an audit trail. Of course, if something is very important write an email, but for 95% to 99% a quick call rather than email will suffice.

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Turn those emails off – double and triple dare you!

Emails. The constant ping, ping, ping of new messages. We are as a society addicted to the things. Especially in recruitment, we do not seem to be able to switch them off.

We keep looking at them “just in case”. However, “just in case” never really happens. Emails are important but during core business development hours we really should be turning these emails off.

To many in recruitment, this will be very, very uncomfortable.

However, when you are talking to a candidate about their next career steps or a client about that important and vital hire, should you be distracted by emails? No of course not.

Having a really clear focus on one task – in this case making calls, will improve your results and give you more important things to email your boss about, like more deals.

So how can you turn your emails off and not get it in the ear from your boss or clients?

1) Close down your email and just get on with your important tasks and see if anyone notices.
2) Create a simple out of office reminder that says:

“Thank you for your email.

Between 10:00 – 12:00 and 14:00 – 17:00 I am serving my clients and candidates and will not be on my emails. If your request is urgent please call my direct line on xxxxx”

You will be amazed at just how rarely the email is as urgent as you think they are.

Try it, go on, dare you! Triple dare you!

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Super quick hack for candidate emails

Candidate Application Emails

This is a super quick hack.

When processing your emails and you get an application from a candidate put it into a separate application folder. Why?

So you can batch processing candidate CV’s and applications quickly and from one location onto your ATS. This way you will not have to scramble around and will be able to quickly and efficiently deal with them without them clogging up your inbox.

Quick, simple and effective.

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