High productivity is a key trait of all great recruiters.
Is there a better way of planning for success rather than a written day plan, which you ignore daily? Of course there is.
Utilising new technology can increase your performance and billings, but only if it’s used in the right way. (Scrolling for half an hour down your Linkedin Newsfeed doesn’t count!)
Linkedin certainly has it’s uses, but there’s ton of other great tools out there that can really put you ahead of the game. Thousands of companies are developing solutions to increase efficiency; some of which are great for recruiters.
Luckily for you, we’ve put together a list of the best technology out there to make your day more productive, and we’ll keep it updated.
Here’s nine for now (number nine is our favourite!)
RescueTime sits in your browser recording exactly how much time you spend on each activity.
This is great:
1) to police yourself into avoiding social-media and distractions and
2) so you can look back and feel satisfied with your days’ work.
Every day it gives you a simple visual breakdown of exactly how you’ve spent your time that day. You can see which days and times are your most productive, and if required, makes some changes to your activities.
(Warning: Don’t let your boss see your results from 3PM on a Friday).
Hunted relies entirely on Slack for internal communication. It’s like WhatsApp groups for businesses, and it’s free for small teams. It’s so good that the business has been valued at $2bn and they still haven’t spent any real money on marketing.
Chats are split into private, team and topic chats, and separated with hashtags so you can cross-reference any subject. You can include messages, files, images and video, and search efficiently through old conversations.
There are loads of task and project management tools out there but Evernote is widely regarded as one of the best.
Sure, you can write notes on the back of that CV that’s been sitting on your desk for 3 weeks – or you could write them on Evernote and group them in notebooks, tag them and search them. Failing that; just upload a cheeky picture of your notebook page and keep everything easily filed in one place.
This has to be better than your coffee stained notepad filled with illegible scribbles, right?
A real time saver. This allows custom email templates so you never have to search through your sent items to find that one ‘2nd BD follow up’ or ‘how did your daughter do in her GCSE’s?’ email to copy and paste.
It’s a free Microsoft Outlook add-on that helps you smash through standard emails faster than ever before.
Arranged to meet a client in Zurich at 7AM and another in Brussels at 8AM? You need GoToMeeting.
At Hunted, we swear by it.
It’s high quality video chat and screen-share with no download or account needed. You just get a custom URL and send it over to the other party by email.
This is great for interviewing candidates, client calls in multiple destinations or just to catch up with your mates on Friday lunchtime. You can have up to 3 participants for free and if you need more than that, the paid version offers up to 100.
– Just remember you still need to get dressed, but only from the waist up!
Need to send a signed contract but aren’t anywhere near the office? Genius Scan is a free app that lets you scan documents from your phone straight into a PDF. Whether it’s contractor time-sheets or candidate visas this is worth having just in case.
Most recruiters know how important social media is, but building up a brand presence on one social network, let alone several, can seem an unmanageable workload.
There are hundreds of social media management tools but HootSuite is the most popular. It allows you to post across multiple social networks from one dashboard, track conversations, schedule posts so you don’t need to manually log in, and easily measure the results you’re getting.
HootSuite is the most time-efficient way to build engagement with your network, and tell the world about your astonishing rise up the billings leaderboard, while remaining focused on staying there!
See people posting tons of random content on Linkedin? They’re unlikely to have sat there looking for it for hours. They’ve probably used scoop.it, feedly or something similar.
You create a custom feed of articles using industry tags, and then schedule posts to post on your newsfeed at the optimum time.
No recruiter’s hack list would be complete without mentioning the Hunted performance tracker.
The Hunted Performance Tracker let’s you monitor your career progress in recruitment, and view in-depth data on how your pay and performance stack up against the rest of industry. A staple to keep on top of your performance and pay.
Is there any tool you’re using that should be on the list? Let us know below!