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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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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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.



Sleep like a caveman or cavewoman :)

Sleep like a caveman

What you want to do is you want to sleep like a caveman.

Why? Because cavemen got sleep.

Why? They did not have TVs, the internet, and they did not have mobile phones or artificial light. Meaning they had a natural pattern of sleep that coincided with the going down of the sun.

We all need and want to replicate this. The simplest way to do this is to do these three things.

Dim the lights to replicate sunset. If possible get a lummination alarm clock that replicates sunrise and sunset.
No screen time at least one hour before bed – that’s no mobile phone, no interest, no TV.
Have blackout curtains so that the room is completely dark once the lights are out.

The reason is that as humans, we evolved in a state where as dusk approached, the light dropped and our bodies release sleep hormones that prepared us for sleep.

In the modern world we have lost this key trigger, however through taking the steps above you can at least start to fight back and hopefully get a good night’s kip.

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Improve your relationships with sleep

Bedtime routines will change your relationship with sleep

Remember when you were a kid and you had a bedtime routine?

The same thing every night.

Remember how you would fall asleep really quickly.

As an adult we generally forget that having a bedtime routine is a wonderful way to end the day and set yourself up for sleep.

Why does a routine work? As humans, we are basically still creatures of nature and habit and do respond to stimuli and habit far more than we give credit.

By creating and keeping a routine that you use each and every night you will be saying to the subconscious parts of the brain it is time for sleep and wide range of chemicals will be released into your system that will kick-start the process of drifting off.

Below is a model bedtime routine that I try to use.

1. Have a set bedtime
2. One hour before this bedtime put your phone in the kitchen to charge, turn off your ipad and television. Do not have any of these things in your bedroom.
3. Only use your bed for sleep and do not ever power nap during the day.
4. Dim the lights an hour before bed mimicking sunset. Make sure every morning you get sun on your face within 30 minutes of waking up.
5. Do bathroom stuff.
6. Get into bed and read a light novel until you feel sleepy.

This works for me, you have to figure out your own routine, but it needs to reduce stimulation of the electronic kind, must be kept to and mimics our natural circadian rhythms.

If you have any problems with sleep why not visit the Sleep Foundations website