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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Ask Candidates for Advice

Ask for advice from candidates Whenever you are headhunting anyone, what you do not want to do is do an aggressive headhunt.

What you want to do is do a soft headhunt by asking for advice. This generally has a better impact than asking people directly because it essentially makes you look good and it allows them the time and space to think about any role or decision you have put in front of them.

So how do you use a soft headhunt by asking for advice? When speaking to a candidate about a role, mention that you would like to pick their brains about a position that they might be interested in, but also that you’d like some advice as well.

Tell them about the role and then you ask for their advice, be flexible in giving them the time to take notice. And what you may find is that if the part is genuine of interest to them, they will put their hands forward.

What you may find is you have to give the candidate time to think. This is a good thing.

Why? Because you’ve had time to think, you’ve had time to allow the ideas to not be so shocking to the candidate, but also you’ve not come across as pushy, which is essential because looking pushy is always wrong because no one likes a pushy recruiter.

Neither do I really, to be entirely fair. So give it a go and see what happens.


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The Book: Recruitment Hacks is now available on Amazon.