Recruiter Hacks: Part Four

Luckily we no longer live in a time where a new copy of the Yellow Pages constitutes a ‘hack’ in recruitment tech.

As the world of technology amplifies, so do the means for you to do your job more effectively.

Apple’s iPhone 7 is the latest must-have product. Their wireless headphones meaning you’re able to play table tennis, while closing that tricky customer of a candidate. In fairness though, wireless phone calls have been a mainstay of the recruitment world for a while now. Ideally accompanied by a stress ball bounced whimsically off varying surfaces.

News that the iPhone 7 is also waterproof however opens up a new world of locations you can now recruit from.

Such as… a hotel infinity pool in SingaporeThis Water Festival in Myanmar…  A ‘Champagne Spray Party’ in Marbella (if that sort of thing floats your boat)… Or, maybe even a UK city without using an umbrella…

Spray Champagne Face

Anyway, there are some even better productivity hacks out there that could be helping you on your way to achieve “maximum productivity.” A state of omniscience only reached by industry heavyweights. The Power Lifters of the Recruitment realm. I’m talking Caan; Sullivan; Savage… Hunter!

Here they are. Good luck.

1. StorkStand

The world is moving away from sitting down all day. We’ve told you this for quite a while, and while standing all day probably isn’t the answer either, more companies are making adjustability the focus. They do say variety is the spice of life.

Well, the good people at StorkStand were apparently sick of the lack of affordable options for changeable desks. So in the quest to rid recruiters of ill-health, they’ve taken a stand! (Sorry).

All hail the newest product from StorkStand. A collapsible, portable, shareable and affordable ‘clip-on’ desk for your office chair.


2. Klok

One for the iOS users out there. If you’re dealing with candidates, clients or just a different office you could do with being able to tell the time, and more importantly schedule appointments in real time on your phone.

Without having to google “what is the current time in …”

Welcome Klok. With an interface that’s accessible on your lock screen, Klok enables you to add calendar entries to your diary in the correct time.

No longer will the argument over whether someone means GMT or BST rage on. Thank you Klok. It’s about time.

Klok Graphic

3. HoverCards

Are you always reading things online which have external links attached to them? Blog posts a little like this one, where people link to other article and websites?  Like this?

Imagine if (without clicking) you’d be able to see what was under the link. You’d probably save a lot of time in organising your browser and deleting tabs you couldn’t remember whether you needed or not.

HoverCards offers you just that.

HoverCards is a chrome extension that lets you see what’s behind links from youtube, twitter, reddit, soundcloud, imgur, & instagram — all without ever leaving the web page you’re currently on. Snazzy huh.

Hover Cards

4. Anymail Finder

There’s no need for me to explain the necessity of this hack. Have you ever blindly tapped in an email address and clicked send, hoping for the best? Yep, you’re not alone. Every Recruiter’s done this at some point.

Sooner or later, gatekeepers of the world will work out that you don’t actually know your recipients email address when you ring up and ask them to ‘confirm’ it.

For when they do, there’s this hack.

Anymail Finder

5. Grammarly

If you’re one of those people who doesn’t know the difference between there, their and they’re, you need help. And Grammarly is that help.

Grammarly quickly and easily makes your writing more effective. Eradicating spelling mistakes and making your copy easy to read. Better than a normal spellcheck on a word processor, Grammarly can even highlight correctly spelled words used in the wrong context.

There are two groups of people that this hack will help. Those that are seemingly unable or can’t be bothered to learn English, despite it being their first language. And grammar-nazis who constantly gripe at the previous group on incorrect and lazy writing. I’m unashamedly the latter. Please use this hack.


6. Panic Button

We’ve all been in this situation: You’re in the office at 08:25 on a Monday morning. Your Boss saunters past your desk and you’re not on the phone. Instead you’ve got Facebook open, along with 3 Ed Hunter articles, your ASOS shopping basket and a Vice magazine article on something pretty rogue.

This chrome extension is for you, mindless internet surfer. Instead of pressing the little x in the top right corner and losing your precious Ed Hunter, press the Panic Button. It safely refreshes your tabs so you can re-load them at 08:35 when the gaffer’s gone.

Panic Button

There you have it. Hacks to get you healthier, save you in front of your boss, help you use correct English, find that hiring managers email address, help you schedule in different time zones and stop you from going tab overload on Chrome.

If you need any more ideas on how to save time. Either check out the previous articles in this series, or wait patiently for the next. It won’t be long.