Some musings on tough times when recruiting solo

As a solo recruiter taking on the world, all on your lonesome, it can be tough.

It really can be tough, I have been there.

Indeed I am there right now as a write this going through tough times.

My tough times can be summed at the moment as treacle. It feels like all my roles are taking forever to mature into actual placements and ultimately money.

Everything that is going on is going to take forever, and it probably will take forever and a day. That is the nature of the beast at times. I know that coming soon will be offers, counter-offers and placements. However, at times it can feel like they are an age away.

It just can be hard to see that happening when you are in the thick of the thousandth failed BD for the latest rejected CV.

Recruitment, like life, is about dealing with the rough and the smooth. Sadly, that is not always on a daily basis. But bad times are ever replaced by purple patches.

To be fair this post I feel is starting to ramble and I do not feel like I have made many contributions to the value that I am supposed to be delivered as your super-recruitment-guru – I am very modest.

So when tough times do come around, I find that reminding myself about why I am doing the ‘solo-recruitment thing’. That is thinking about those that I love and the personal goals that I want to achieve. This is all somewhat cliched; however, it does offer the knowledge that it does get me through and it does keep going.

Another tip that I also like to do is changing my location. Sometimes the home office is not working out for me, so I go and work in the hot-desking space I use. Sometimes, if I have not got to telephone work, the library will be my destination of choice.

It all really does just depend on the mood I am in the change I am looking to create at that moment in time.

Personally, I do not think that this change actually makes a real difference, what I do think it does it just give me the permission to get out of the state I am in and to get into another state of being.

This has been a slightly meandering post from myself, however, as always I hope to it has helped you see that everyone goes through tough times every now and again.

Will VR become part of the recruitment process

Virtual Reality has a real buzz around it at the moment. Every-time you look in the trade press there is a story about another Virtual Reality start-up getting significant funding from venture capital.

The sums are mind-boggling. The question is, will Virtual Reality break out from its bad reputation of the past and become something that is used every day in the recruitment process?

I have presented some arguments for yes and some arguments for no below.

Arguments for Yes – Virtual Reality will be common

Real world assessments: Virtual Reality will give companies the ability to see how candidates react, act and do tasks in the “real world”. For example, it could present a mechanical engineer with a challenge that they will face day-to-day or a front of house receptionist with a situation dealing with an upset customer. It will allow candidates to be assessed on how they react and act in a given setting, challenge or scenario.

Fair and equal interviews: Within a Virtual Reality setting you can give every candidate the same interview experience. Imagine having a correctly the same conversation with every applicant. Imagine then being able to honestly shortlist based on fair and genuinely equal interviews.

Quantifiable date based hiring: Virtual Reality will create data. Data that can be used to make fair judgments based on the actions and outcomes at hand and compare it will include other candidates data.

These are powerful ways that Virtual Reality could in the future make the hiring process fairer, more useful and data-driven. However, it does come with some issues.

Arguments for No – Virtual Reality will not be common

Video interviewing has not taken off. So why would VR?: Look at Skype. Skype has been around for over ten years, the ability to FaceTime on iPhones has been around for circa five years. Both of these features mean that you are able to make video calls to people all the way across the globe. However, how many hiring managers, recruiters or HR personnel use these? I do not have the answer, but it will be small compared to the use of face-to-face interviews. VR may offer a better, quicker method to interview and assessment. That does not mean people will adopt it. Just look at Betamax as an example of better technology not taking off.

Cost/Benefit: Virtual Reality is going to be expensive for implementation for a long while, so although there will be numerous benefits to using VR in the recruitment process, the cost may become a factor. For example, a front of house receptionist position may benefit from selection via a specialist VR program, however, will the cost justify it?

VR recruitment and selection will create new problems: Virtual Reality, if used in the recruitment process, will create its own problems and issues that will have to be overcome. Solutions that may take too much time and money. For example, some people find VR makes them feel a version of car or sea sickness. Now if someone cannot use the VR headset, how can you assess them fairly versus other candidates who can?

Bias will still exist: Virtual Reality recruitment and assessment will only amplify the bias of those who create the technology. Generally, white middle-class well-educated men living in San Fransico and other tech hubs. Without implementation that eliminated the bias at source Virtual Reality could end up creating new or enhancing old recruitment bias.

So will it be used?

Sadly I do not have a crystal ball.

However my gut feeling is that Virtual Reality based assessments will become part of the assessment mix for some industries and positions, but not most. Mainly because as we enter a world of automation and the movement towards a more highly focused service economy, personal skills will still matter, thus face-to-face will mater. VR will have its place. Engineers, Pilots, Haulage Drivers and many other sectors will be able to incorporate this into their current processes.

Virtual Reality’s bright future regarding human resources and talent issues is with training and development. This is where I believe Virtual Reality will really come into its own.

Imagine being able to review and train live face-to-face sales meetings in Virtual Reality? Or rehearse sales calls in a non-rubbish role place setting. It really will beat role play with your boss. Or imagine how it could be used to up-skill our ageing workforce. These users really do mean that the future is bright.

Let’s just hope Virtual Reality will live us to its promise this time around.

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What is the Naked Recruiter for? Why I started the Naked Recruiter and a little about the book I have written

Overview, The Naked Recruiter, is proud to bring you the Life Hacks that will improve the running of your desk, your business, help you smash your sales targets and become the best recruiter you can be. All while getting a great night’s sleep.

We all know recruitment is one of the hardest, most challenging, mentally demanding careers out there. Many people do not make the grade. However, if you use our Life Hacks, then you will become less stressed, more productive and more successful. Why have we created 99 Life Hacks for Recruiters?

Recruiters need help to make their lives more comfortable and more fulfilling on a daily basis.

Much of the way that recruitment works are stuck in the dark ages of the 1980’s and 1990’s telephone sales business model. The telephone is always going to be king in recruitment, but why do we still do so many blind cold calls?

Why are so many recruitment companies so digitally naïve and why does recruitment not seem to be changing?   

Essentially these questions kicked off the entire Naked Recruiter website, and we are now trying to bring new thinking into recruitment via thenakedrecruiter.com and our Life Hacks series as outlined in this beautiful book

So who am I?

My name is Joseph Henry or Henry to my friends or much worse to my enemies. Don’t worry I do not have enemies as I am lovely really. I just said that to make an impact. My recruitment career started a decade ago after a brief stint working in insurance and then politics.

Since then I have worked for a big multinational executive search firm, a well know high street agency, a political services provider who also had a recruitment agency that I turned around, and now run my own business. As a hobby and creative outlet, I also write a popular blog called the Naked Recruiter.

What is a Life Hack?

Well, Wikipedia sums it up better than I ever could: “Lifehack (or life-hacking) refers to any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life. The term was primarily used by computer experts who suffer from information overload or those with a playful curiosity in the ways they can accelerate their workflow in ways other than programming.”

For this book, I wanted to bring the spirit of the life hack into recruitment. Not to talk that much about cold calls, all recruitment books seem to talk about cold calls, but a whole myriad of ways that we as a recruitment community can get better, more productive and just a little bit sassier. I hope you enjoy the book.

If you have any questions, please email me at joseph@thenakedrecruiter.com

 

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Why you should use Chrome Plugins

 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 glorious 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 a time when you send an 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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3 super banging awesome social media hacks

 Set and Forget Social

Does Tweeting, Facebooking, LinkedIn-ing (is that a word?) and Instagramming seem to take up a lot of your time? I bet it does. Each day going onto twitter etc. is a time thief.

Before you know it you are watching a Thomas the Tank engine/Beyonce mash up for the first time, and somehow it is 11am. These platforms are designed to be addictive, the longer you are on them, the more advertising revenue they get. So beat the social giants at their own game by using Buffer.

Buffer is a brilliant little package which is cloud, website and app based. Buffer allows you to schedule social media output ahead of time so that you can batch the tasks and then get on with your day.

Buffer works by allowing you to decide how many posts to do a day, what time to send them and then will enable you to fill up these slots ahead of time. Buffer also gives you real-time analytics on how the posts are doing and save previous posts so they can be shared again in the future if they did well.

Buffer’s usefulness does not end there. You can also install a Buffer plugin or the app on Apple products and automatically put useful articles into your scheduled queue. Buffer also has a host of other features that are worth exploring at http://buffer.com

Keep your social Evergreen

Do you ever just seem to be posting the same updates on to social media every week? Does it feel like you are just wasting time? Well, the chances are you are. Want to save this time for things more important like online shopping or watching videos of cats. I bet you do.

Then you should get Recurrpost the best partner to use with Buffer. So why is Recurrpost such a Life Hack? It will recycle your best content on facebook, twitter, linked and Instagram again and again on the day and time that suit you and your audience. You can even set up RSS feeds, so they automatically get shared and shared still.

This life hack will really save you time and will help you automatically build those audiences. You will have to invest a lot of time upfront, but once you have spent the time upfront, it will save you time each and every day of the week, forever onwards.

Keep up to 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 https://feedly.com/

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