Recruitment Leaders and their Marketers want to inject more value into their staffing companies, and they need more content to help their recruiters convert leads into opportunities. Winning a recruitment award can increase the value of your business by 37%. Here are some tips and hacks to help you form a winning recruitment awards entry.
Time to Get Judgemental with Recruiters!
Anyone who has met me will probably know that I am a lady of passion! Dare I say a passionate recruitment advocate…?
I am also a judge for some of the best recruitment awards. Last year my experience of recruiting awards led my team and I to create a valuable recruiter resource; a Recruitment Awards Toolkit full of practical tips to help you win over the judges, increase your sales by at least 37%, attract staff, candidates and clients – compelling reasons!
I went to the lovely REC offices and sat with 20 other recruitment specialists to begin the judging process the Recruitment International awards. Five hours in a room with a lot of paper, coffee and sugar!
I really enjoyed the vibe the in room and noted down some of the things I heard… This will give you a flavour of why you:
Need to take your recruitment awards submissions seriously
Think more highly of yourselves and enter some
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Quotes from the Judging Panel of the Recruitment International Awards
I like the way they’ve structured this – it makes it easier to read
This has caught my attention
The client testimonial is anonymous!
Where are the financials?
This is different and interesting
This is difficult to read.
Nice and succinct case study
Did anyone actually proof read this?
Paying the minimum wage – when did this become award-winning?
I like the way they seem to be really proud of what they’ve done
There’s quite a lot here that you would hope that everyone does…
I like how they have got their internal customers testifying
This one is really personal – I like how they are telling me about the individuals in the business
Key Recruitment Awards Tips
This all got me scribbling about some key rules for recruitment award submissions:
Don’t use only 800 words when you are given 1000 words, UNLESS you totally nail it
Don’t use the word “evidence” and not supply data to support it.
You’ve sent lots of links in your submissions? I’ve yet to find paper that clever.
Be passionate and real – and talk about the people who make up your business.
Talking about your social media engagement as a facet for how great you are? Hmm… I’m not convinced until I see the impact of that engagement!
No formatting makes for a long read and a frustrated judge
Going over the word count? That’s a no-no, UNLESS you dazzle us!
Not providing your financials when the submission doc demands them? Silly!
You tell me that you hire quickly but offer no data to support this – how quickly? And how does this compare to the market?
The One Recruitment Award Everyone Wants to Win but Are Too Afraid to Enter!
And a final note – there are only FOUR recruiters in the country who feel that they can go for the award called “Best Candidate Service” – surely this is the ONE award every recruiter wants to win? You all tell me that candidate attraction and loyalty is a major frustration for you.
Recruitment Awards can be the key to your sales pipeline, candidate, client and recruiter (and investor) attraction. Check our Recruitment Awards list - it has the key awards in our sector and the dates / links to their pages.
Read more about how my training and mentoring program for recruitment marketeers. I work with Recruitment Leaders and their marketers to generate the 4Cs (candidates, clients, colleague and cash) and I include Recruitment Awards in my marketing strategy hacks and consultancy.
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How Can Recruiters Improve Performance? Get on the Phone!
Recruiters can always improve their performance, whether it be marginal gains or drastically improving failing pipelines. Right now is the time to dig deep and ask:Where can I improve my recruiter performance? AndWhat part of my recruitment workflow can I improve?Take a speedy 30mins and listen / watch my latest Recruitment Leaders’ Podcast. Take a few notes and grab a few takeaways for your recruitment business and your recruitment desk.Recruitment Research: Phone Calls Are a DownerI spent time with Josh Symons from Hinterview. Hinterview has completed some interesting recruitment research to help recruitment leaders and their recruiters focus on where and when they need to get mean and lean in their recruitment workflow!We chatted about how and where recruiters can improve their recruiter performance.Recruiters, Get On the Phone!Josh and I have both been in recruitment for a while and the tried and tested recruitment mantra “get on the phone” has never been more relevant…BUTOnly 10% of calls get answeredCall volume is up 200% - your candidates and clients are saturated with callsBut only 5% of voicemails get listened to.So “get on the phone and hope” isn’t the way to go.But what is? What do recruiters need to do to improve their recruiter performance? And how can we keep phone calls front and centre?How Can the Phone Still Be “The Way” to Recruit and Sell? Josh and I talked about:With all of the recruitment technology available, how can you keep the recruitment process human?Where in the recruitment life cycle can recruiters improve their performance?How can video improve recruiter performance?Phone calls work IF you want and mean them to – but how?How can a recruiter generate heat?What’s Daley Thompson’s decathlon got to do with recruitment?Why does recruitment technology often not work in recruitment (hint – it’s got the word “training” in the answer)What are 85% of male recruiters also doing when they are most engaged with their mobile phones?Recruitment leaders and recruiters – you want your phone calls to work! Listening / watching this recruitment podcast episode will help you use your mobile to improve your phone calls, candidates and clients, and sales.Get at least one takeaway to help you improve recruiter performance and nail those phone calls.Make Your Phone Calls Work! Listen and WatchLISTEN TO THE RECRUITMENT PODCAST EPISODEThanks, Josh, for being such a great sport. You have such passion and purpose, and have so many valuable ideas around best practice and recruiter productivity and performance.Listen and subscribe to the rest of Barclay Jones’ Recruitment Leaders’ Podcast Series on SoundCloud or find us on iTunes and subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch our vodcast series too!… Talking of Recruiter Performance, Phone Calls, Productivity…Improving recruiter performance and recruitment tech ROI comes from recruiter training. Our recruitment training platform, Recruitment HIIT is focussed on those 2 things.Recruitment HIIT helps onboard new recruiters, and refresh experienced recruiters so they can improve their performance.It contains a wealth of recruitment best practice tips, as well as “how to” for recruitment technology such as Bullhorn, SourceBreaker, Hinterview, Daxtra, Broadbean, idibu, and LinkedIn.TRY RECRUITMENT HIIT FOR FREE
3 Ways to be a Jedi Recruiter
Recruiters! Did you know it takes over 25 hours to watch all of the Star Wars movies? I personally think that's a great use of time, of course, once you've attracted, engaged, converted, and placed the best candidates in the galaxy! Every day is a Kessel Run for the recruiters we work with! Being a Jedi is crucial!To celebrate the annual upcoming Star Wars Day I spoke with a fellow Star Wars geek (and recruitment trainer), Phil, Head of Talent at First Point Group, about what he feels are the top 3 skills that Jedi and Recruiters share.Defence – Recruiters Need to DefendThe ability to objection handle, be prepared, prevent drop outs, and to expect the unexpected – that’s part of recruitment. It’s about reading the Jedi path in front of you and being ready to defend. It’s about defending your candidates, whether they be scruffy-looking nerf herders or teachers. It's about managing and preventing counteroffers. 57% of candidates accept counteroffers that are made to them. This shows the odds are not in your favour, so you need to be prepared.Luckily, our Recruiter Circuits workout on Recruitment HIIT has a course dedicated to helping you manage the offer stage of your recruitment process with your candidates so you can prevent counteroffers and secure your pipeline.Knowledge – Be a Knowledgeable RecruiterKnow your market! Whether it be Ewoks, or IT Developers, Millennium Falcon flight skills, or how to down a Dreadnaught, you need to be knowledgeable. What’s old, new, emerging in your sector…? Knowing the market, client, job, candidate, (and who your sister is) is key. Without this knowledge who knows who you’ll end up kissing!Continuous training is key to enhancing your recruiter skills and can increase sales by 50%. From reducing admin to improving sourcing, BD and beyond, Recruitment HIIT has speedy recruiter training videos to help you continuously improve your recruiter skills and fees.Training – Recruitment Training in The ForceLike Jedi, recruiters continuously training is a must. As Yoda says - “There is no try, only do!” Just like the Rebel Alliance fights against the evil Empire, as recruiters, we are in a battle - a battle for top candidates and clients! You need to be continuously upskilling to stay ahead in the competitive recruitment market - your commission depends on it. Just like The Force is a weapon for success, the best recruiters use their key rec tech, their CRM first for sourcing, engaging, nurturing, and placing candidates.As much as Jedi have the gene (midi-chlorian) they need to constantly train to battle dark forces, whether they be dirty data, drop outs, back door placements, or challenging clients (siths?). Our Bullhorn and Adapt training on Recruitment HIIT will ensure you use your CRM first to save time, improve your candidates and client relationships and placements.Become a Jedi RecruiterJedi, like recruiters, need to follow “the way”, whilst changing lives. They need to know when to lead, when to fight, and when to kiss! Never let it be said that recruitment is just a job – it’s a Way! Someone (Mando) once said… “This is the way!” How can you follow the "the way" as a recruiter? Our recruiter training courses on Recruitment HIIT will help you follow the recruitment 'way'. Our Recruiter Circuits course, especially, has "the way" with 5-minute training videos to ensure qualify your jobs, source, advertise, screen and nail your CV to Interview ratios.Thanks Phil– The Force is strong in you!Speaking of Recruiters Improving Through TrainingOur recruiter training courses on Recruitment HIIT helps recruiters and resourcers source, convert quicker, and develop healthy pipelines. Bullhorn CRM training, job qualification, screening, candidate sourcing, job advertising and management, and reducing counteroffers, are just some of the 5-minute topics recruiters love.We're saving recruiters and resourcers at least 1 hour per day (6 working weeks a year) - more billing time, more fees!TRY RECRUITMENT HIIT FOR FREE
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