Many recruitment leaders I work with want their recruitment CRM to generate fees, but often recruiters are all too happy to jump back into spreadsheets, LinkedIn, notebooks and “going by memory” rather than use their CRM system properly. This blog is a quick 3minute read to create some perspective and give you some ideas for a “CRMFirst” strategy.
The above results in a nightmare for recruitment leaders who are looking to grow their business, become “GDPR-proof” and become more profitable.
It also results in a problem I call “Hairdresser Syndrome” – a term I’ve used for many years to describe a recruitment business that needs to get a grip on its processes and data to see real growth and ROI.
Do You Have a Recruitment Firm, or an Office Full of Desks For Rent?
I have been with my hairdresser for 8 years. He knows my taste in magazines, some of my secrets and all of my roots. A few years ago he was based in a large salon in the city, where he rented a chair.
The rest of the salon staff barely knew I was there, and I didn’t really notice them either – zero interaction. Perhaps if I was lucky my hair would be washed by one of the juniors. I’d pay the girl at the till on the way out, but my hairdresser was my only real contact at the salon.
One day he very quietly commented that he was opening his own salon, and would I like to move with him? I bit his hand off – why wouldn’t I? I had no relationship with the salon. They kept no details on me, perhaps they didn’t even know I existed. Would they miss my business?
For me, he was the salon.
Are Your Recruiters Hairdressers?
Can you see any similarities between your recruitment business and my hair salon?
They have exclusive relationships with the clients. Are you simply the “girl” taking my money at the till?
Do they use stuff in your business, such as hair washers, tea makers, reception (IT, HR, Finance, Admin) that their fees contribute to, but that I am totally oblivious to?
Are your consultants simply logging data at the point of sale to get the cash in but the juicy stuff which is about me, what I like, how I buy is in his/her head?
If they left and took “clients” with them, would you know? And don’t forget you’ll only know what data they’ve taken and who’s migrated with them if they told you about these relationships in the first place.
Even if you had the data on the client, would it be enough for you to continue the relationship going forward?
Are your clients engaging with your business or the consultant? Are their loyalties to the brand or their perceived face of the brand, the consultant (the hairdresser)?
I’m still seeing “30-second recruiters” who enter a candidate in the CRM just to place them and board the invoice. Recruitment consultants are tempted to brush off GDPR as a flash in the pan, carry on as usual and keep billing how they’ve always billed. That may work for them in the short term, but they’re missing out on opportunities to be more effective and profitable whilst putting the business at risk.
CRMFirst and GDPR: Hairdresser Prevention for Recruitment Leaders
2018 was the year of GDPR, and 2019 needs to be about CRMFirst (getting your candidates, clients and consultants addicted to your systems. It needs to be about data hygiene, recruiters building effective, retained relationships and recruitment firms focusing on growth, not just legislation.
A CRMFirst (BullhornFirst / AdaptFirst) culture can create a valuable pool of great data that will put you ahead of your competition and create a hidden asset that your clients (and prospective clients!) want access to.
Your recruitment CRM should be a USP – a unique selling point. Your recruitment software can be an addiction for your recruiters, your clients, candidates, and investors. All of which does the one job you bought it for – to make you more money.
Swap the Salon Culture for CRMFirst Culture…
Instilling a culture of data quality is challenging, but highly rewarding. Define the strategy, instil this into your culture and reduce the risk of bad data impacting the recruitment business.
Get your recruitment consultants engaged with your system and train them on best practice so they understand why great recruitment process is profitable for them, as well as your business. Stop them from simply renting a desk.
Once they can see and feel the benefits of following your processes (improving performance, profit, and ROI for themselves as well as the business) then your CRM can become a business growth tool, rather than an expensive data dump and potential GDPR risk.
So, are you guilty of simply renting a chair to your consultants to allow them to grow a lovely portable client base, or do you do more to grow/protect your brand, relationships, and market share?
Adapt Training Tips for Busy Recruiters
Recruiters! Your day is so full, you often can’t see the wood for the trees (or the candidates for the applications). You have Adapt and you need it to give you time and make you money! Recruitment Leaders! You need your recruiters to convert more candidates and clients, and have a healthy pipeline. Adapt needs to deliver ROI.Recruitment Trainers! You are tasked with being Adapt Training experts and need to be sure you have all of the hacks and tips to improve a recruiter’s day.We have a monthly newsletter full of Adapt Tips to help all 3 of you generate real ROI from Adapt.(Bullhorn may have bought Adapt, but you still need to get value from your Adapt CRM.)Recruiter Interrupted!In recruitment, time is money… but you really lack proper time to really manage your candidates and clients.On average:You check your emails 36 times an hour!You are interrupted 56 times a dayYou attend 62 meetings a monthLet alone random candidates applying for jobs they can’t do, and clients drilling down your fees and working with all of your competitors!You need to get physical and HIIT something! (We use HIIT – high intensity interval training to help Recruiters with what we call “AdaptFirst”.)Every month, we publish the HIIT the recruiters we train love the most, and you can receive them via email.Never miss an Adapt Hack again – sign up to receive your Adapt Training newsletter today.SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWSLETTERAnd if, recruiters, you want to blitz your business development even further, why not check out the latest in our Adapt Smackdown series?Read more about how train recruiters source and convert quicker and develop healthy pipelines with our Recruitment Training.HIIT Me, Recruiters!And we’re about to launch Recruitment HIIT – an exciting recruitment training platform for recruiters to speedily learn skills to be more successful with Adapt, Bullhorn, LinkedIn, Job Adverts, Inbound Sales, Digital and Email Marketing. Arrange a call with me here.READ ABOUT OUR ADAPT TRAININGBOOK A CALL TO DISCUSS ADAPT TRAINING
Recruiters! What Do You Need to Do to be More Effective in 2020?
With 2020 looming and a few things likely to happen between now and 31st of December recruitment leaders, their recruiters and recruitment marketers have got some time to think about their 2020 strategy and how it needs to help them generate more of the 4Cs - candidates, clients, colleagues… and cash!Recruiters and Marketers! What is Your Strategy for 2020?The Annual Bullhorn Trends Survey has evolved into “The Grid” - a really useful resource pack specifically aimed at the recruitment industry.Bullhorn have done a fantastic job bringing together some key information about global (and local!) recruitment within the UK and beyond!It will help you gain perspective on your year in recruitment to date, and give you ideas on how you need to work next year to be more effective.Could it be that your recruiters need to be more effective and have some seriously good recruitment training?Do you need your recruitment tech to actually deliver cash, rather than be a drain on your profit?How can marketing evolve from “the colouring in department” into “recession-proof” function delivering leads into recruitment firm that’s drowning in data?Shout Out to Bullhorn and 2020We have a passion for helping recruiters (and their marketers) be more successful, so when we come across content which “nails it” we have to give it a shout out.This Bullhorn Trends Grid goes way beyond many of the usual white papers you’ll see in our recruitment sector. It’s massively engaging and rich in thoughts, ideas and research.Take a couple of minutes (coffee / wine) and scroll through, research / digest and plan your 2020 recruiting, sales and marketing strategy.Watch the Video to See Our TakeawaysIt’s so important for your business to train your recruiters to really monetise your Bullhorn CRM, this short video hack will help you achieve what we call “BullhornFirst.”READ ABOUT OUR BULLHORN TRAININGBOOK A CALL TO DISCUSS BULLHORN TRAININGOur recruitment community loves our Bullhorn, Inbound Sales, LinkedIn and Job Adverts and recruitment training hacks. Click the links to get more, and sign up to our Recruiter Hacks Newsletter to receive them as they are published.
What Recruitment Leaders Need to STOP Doing!