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!

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



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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Browser plugins will change the way you ‘internet’ forever

Research and Use Plugins

Email is email right. Wrong. Email with plugins can be brilliant, fantastic even.

You can tell I am excited by all this!

Why are plugins such a brilliant thing?

Time saving.

Time saving.

Time saving.

Depending on which software packages you use and which email suite you have there are a whole host of plugins that can work wonders. For instance I use Zoho, which has a Gmail plugin that allows you to enter data straight into the CRM, saving loads of time and effort. For GSuite I have used the Boomerang plugin that allows you to time when you send and email and also stop emails coming into your inbox.

On Outlook in the past I have used the Bullhorn and Evernote plugins.

Google “Gmail Plugins” or “Outlook Plugins” to find some of the best plugins on the market.

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



Want a podcast? This app will help you do it in around an hour!

Sail off into the sunset with Anchor as it is so good at helping you set up a podcast.

Personally, I love a good podcast, it is exciting learning from some of the world greatest business and self help minds. From Tim Ferris to Anthony Robbins to the Renegade Recruiter, they all have insights that I personally think add real value to my day job.

Now you can join these giants and launch your own podcast in minutes and have episodes up on Apple podcasts in just 48 hours. All with your phone or tablet and thats all. How may you ask, can you achieve this feat? With the Anchor app.

Anchor is an Android and Apple App that harnesses the power of your phone and some computer wizardry to help you launch your very own podcast.

Your phone has an amazing microphone with noise reduction technology that makes it a perfect recording station. Anchor uses this to help you record podcasts. And it gets better, you record as if you are having a telephone conversation meaning that you are able to record whilst sitting at your desk and then edit and publish all from your phone.

It even has jingles!

I am really blown away by this App. Keep your eyes peeled for a Podcast soon.

You can find Anchor on the App store and Android marketplace as well as at https://anchor.fm/   

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