As a recruitment leader, recruiter or recruitment marketer, you’ll know how precious your data is. It’s what your clients and candidates “buy”. This blog is a crucial read to help you form a long term, sustainable plan for your data, your recruiting workflows and profitability.
Recruiters Suffer from FOMO
Recruitment data has never been so precious, or so risky! We need data to make money, but we also think we need to delete it to prevent GDPR audits! But could recruitment data be the new oil?
Data being the new oil is not a new concept. The term is used widely across the web by, for example, The Economist and the BBC. In fact, Clive Humby, UK Maths whizz and creator of Tesco’s Clubcard, was the first coin the phrase back in 2006.
Joe McGuire of Cube19 recently suggested in my Recruitment Leaders’ Podcast that data is not like oil… as oil is finite and date is infinite. Interesting thought – but also makes me think that the recruitment industry’s fear of missing out will keep recruiters addicted to sourcing, rather than attracting and nurturing.
Ever Tried Cleaning up an Oil Slick? Recruiters Are Sticky!
Often recruiters are too busy digging for oil (data). They are so sticky with data that they can’t pick up the phone… The perceived lack of candidates causes recruiters and their leaders to stress about placing jobs and hitting target. This leads to an overload of systems and an ill-defined and unmeasurable process. Add to this the fact that 76% of marketing departments are not using their recruitment CRM. The data is just not fit for purpose.
When I dig deeper into a recruiters’ workflow, data and marketing, I find that yes, data is a problem, but not in the way that the recruitment leader thinks.
Recruiters are drowning in data. Their data dumps and silos are prevalent but also, terrifyingly invisible. The average recruitment business has at least:
LinkedIn connections (staff data)
LinkedIn/ Twitter / Facebook company followers – relatively useless unless the business has an incredibly strong marketing function targeted with converting this data into subscribers
Broadbean (or other recruitment / job board software) applicants (see point 2 above)
Their CRM – often not the first port of call for recruiters
Their emails – unmonitored
Excel spreadsheets (that still seem to be the preferred choice for recruiters wanting visibility of “their” data)
And now with GDPR coming we need to look at this area of our recruitment business and get ship-shape. GDPR is a fantastic opportunity to strike oil and get rich!
Why Has It Taken GDPR to Get a Recruiter’s Attention?
What a shame that legislation is the thing to get us moving in the right direction?
It wasn’t the instincts of many of the recruitment leaders I work with who have been saying for years “why do my recruiters need all of this “stuff” (data, systems, job boards etc…)
It wasn’t Marketers having to buy data – the very data you now are deleting – to market your recruitment businesses as their recruitment CRM just wasn’t delivering what they needed.
It hasn’t been Recruiters barely placing the average 2 out of 10 jobs that they get.
The reputation of the recruiter in the UK being equated with an estate agent hasn’t gotten our attention enough to get strategic and practical about data in recruitment.
So it takes legislation to get our attention, not our staff, candidates or clients.
Just Like Oil Needs Refining, Recruitment Data Needs Nurturing
We all know that you can’t just get oil out of the ground and pump it in to your car – it needs refining. Just like if you find a candidate or client you don’t just send an invoice… it takes work and process
But have we sacrificed process for data? I think so.
When the average recruiter looks at their data, they are likely to see simply masses of CVs and emails. This creates stress and an impractical working environment.
Like the 3Cs (candidates, clients and consultants), an ideal oilfield is a “prospect”. And like your recruitment data silos, the oilfield is layered / segmented. By understanding what these layers are, you’ll have an easier time finding your oil, segmenting your data, converting it, and making placements.
Data is Vanity. Subscribers are Sanity
To help with GDPR, best-practice process and sanity, I’ve developed a concept for data that I call the "dig up stupid" model, to help recruiters understand how to segment data and generate ROI from their data.
Recruitment Data Layer 1: Future Data
This is data that you haven’t got yet – it’s either not been created, not applied, not heard of you. It’s data you need to be ready for. You need to convert it when it appears – followers are not your key to success, opted-in subscribers are the key to warm calls and relevant job applicants.
Think about how your marketing department is generating awareness, think about how your recruiters are attracting. What are you doing when people look up and take note of you? Are you converting them or simply storing them?
Recruitment Data Layer 2: Yesterday's Data
This is data that it is critical that you retain – ie. placed candidates, invoiced clients. What is your process for retention? Every recruiter I know wants to be retained. Every sales team knows that that it is cheaper to sell to existing clients, than to generate new.
What are your marketers doing to retain?
What do your sales teams do to retain?
Do you have a measurable and proven process?
Recruitment Data Layer 3: Dirty "Useful" Data
So, candidates have been applying to you for years and you’ve met lots of prospect clients. They are all in your invisible silos – and need to be on your recruitment CRM so you can action. This is what we call “CRMFirst”.
I’m not convinced that recruiters have time to convert this data – this is where your marketing teams can add massive value. You have a legitimate interest to hold (process) this data – so do it, but do more, convert it! This is where your marketing teams need to get great at nurturing, converting and adding real value to sales.
Recruitment Data Layer 4: Risky "Useless" Data (FOMO)
So, be honest. Do you have the bottom layer?
Really dirty data that’ll take a lot of time and money to clean
“Imported” data (likely from another recruiter?)
You’re an accountancy recruiter holding retail data – that’s not what GDPR terms as “legitimate interest”…
None of the above is necessary, and this data stream is likely to be your largest, most distracting, and your riskiest.
Processing it (hosting it) is a waste of space.
Asking recruiters to source from this is a waste of time and money.
Marketing to it is likely to cause massive GDPR compliance issues.
Have an Assertive Plan for your Biggest Recruitment Data – Avoid FOMO
Have a plan for data layer 4. But don’t fixate on it. It’s your bottom layer, and as mentioned above it may be your least useful, as well as the biggest data set. Your recruiters do not need distracting with this layer. Their fear of missing out (FOMO) will slow them down and stop them from engaging with your first 3 layers.
Recruitment Marketers Assemble!
Perhaps take a segment of layer 4 and “poke” it with what I call a “hair flick / eye flutter” campaign. Imagine Lauren Bacall flicking her hair and giving you one last chance before she leaves the room. Send out a campaign of your best content. Tell the recipients to note that their peers love this content and you’d love to keep sending it to them.
Note: Simply sending out a campaign with a massive unsubscribe button, yes will clean up your data, but it won’t increase your placement rates or improve staff morale. With this “poke” see what happens – look at the ROI, the unsubscribes, the dead emails, and use this to plan whether to keep poking, or just start archiving.
Refine that Oil, Recruiters! Get That Data Barrelled and Sold!
GDPR is good!
CRMFirst is key!
Lots of data makes you sticky and messy
Marketers need to be strategic with data
Your data needs to be segmented
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Recruitment Automation: The Re-Humanisation of Recruitment
Bullhorn Engage has come and gone and there was a very strong theme. Recruiter Productivity.Sustainability.Profitability. For this to happen Bullhorn1st needs to be a goal – aka using Bullhornfirst in your recruitment workflow. Reducing reliance on data and external systems will decrease costs, speed up placements, and create a more robust recruitment business.And the way to Bullhorn1st? Recruitment Automation and Recruitment Training, of course!Recruitment Automation is So Yesterday!I started using the phrase CRM1st back in the early 2000s. It was borne out of working with 150 busy recruiters who were rapidly being exposed to huge data sets - LinkedIn, job boards, candidates who wielded the Apply button like a Scud missile. But they didn't have the discipline or process to strategically manage the massive increase in data volume or change in candidate behaviour.I used CRM1st (it was Adapt then) to help recruiters new to the recruitment sector to battle their FOMO (fear of missing out). I used CRM1st with experienced recruiters and resourcers to help them not get dragged under by rapidly increasing candidate pools.Have things changed in recent years?Have recruiters gotten better at managing their data, recruitment technology, candidate and client experience? Has the colleague experience improved now we have so much data and rec tech that should theoretically make recruitment easier....? Unfortunately, I'm not sure things have changed (enough).Recruiters have been running to catch up. But the faster they run, the bigger the data set becomes, the more competition they have (even from their own clients), and the more tech they feel they need just to stand still.Recruiter Frustration – Ready, Fire, AimI'm frustrated with the sector that can't seem to grasp what it's good at... Niche specialisms +Nurtured communities of candidates and clients reliant on great recruiters +Colleagues delivering best practice and making a difference, changing lives.But that "goodness" can't happen without focus.And how can a recruiter focus with huge data sets, too much tech and not enough process?Whether you have Bullhorn or another recruitment CRM, it needs to be first on your list to source, engage, nurture, and place from - if it’s not 1st, everyone loses. (Apart from the software company you buy comfort from!)Automation – The Re-Humanisation of Recruitment! Automation for my clients has become the missing link. It’s been around for years, but now automation is really being used to take away the pain, and the admin. Recruitment Automation is being used to drive the best of behaviours. It's enabling CRM1st (aka Bullhorn1st). It’s creating time for training – for all, not just new recruiters! And it’s creating time for trained recruiters empowered to get on the phone and do some good. Once you automate what you can, you can train what’s left – and what should be left is the gold in the recruitment process – humans! More effective sourcingSpeedier screening designed to prevent counter offers Interviews with clients who move to placement uninterrupted Placements and onboarding designed to generate referrals Recruiters need training on their systems and process so that can totally nail what their clients pay for. Automation creates space and time for this training to happen. Automation for my clients has become the missing link. It’s been around for years, but now automation is really being used to take away the pain, and the admin. Automate What You Can - Train What's Left If you can automate what you can, and train what's left, then your data, your database, and your 3Cs (candidates, clients, colleagues) will be in a really good place, perhaps even 1st place, for the rest of this year and beyond. What are you going to automate? What training is needed to deliver sustainable recruitment business? My team can help with both of these key goals.Talking of Recruiters Getting More Automated!...Using recruitment automation to improve data, process, candidates and client experience - that's a great goal! But you also need to free up your recruiters to be exceptional And they need training for this.Our high intensity interval training - Recruitment HIIT - helps recruiters source, convert quicker, and develop healthy pipelines, and recruitment marketers attract, engage, and retain candidates, generate leads, and colleagues (3Cs).TRY RECRUITMENT HIIT 7 DAYS FOR FREEREAD ABOUT OUR BULLHORN AND BULLHORN AUTOMATION TRAININGBOOK A CALL TO DISCUSS RECRUITMENT TRAINING
Recruiter Training - The Secret to Growing Your Recruitment Business
Recruitment leaders! I hear you when you ask... How can I help my recruiters be more productive? Why do they need so much tech and data? Why can't they just get on the phone?I have lots of conversations with recruitment leaders and their training teams – they want more productive recruiters, and less need to hire new staff – finding new recruiters is hard... But, 2/3 of recruiters who quit in the last 5 years said "you didn't train me to succeed", and meanwhile it costs on average £$€14k to replace just one recruiter! There’s no sense to these stats...So, we need to come up with a plan to get more out of your existing staff AND reduce the need to hire. 5 Stats to Prove Why You Need to Rethink Recruitment Training Your recruiters are likely time starved, drowning in dirty data and expensive systems they don't use. 72% of the candidates you placed last year were already on your system before you sourced them elsewhere. More shocking stats!In this current economic climate and competitive recruitment market you can't afford to suffer these stats - it's too risky. Here’s why you need recruitment training:94% of your team will stay longer if you train them.Continuous training can increase sales by 50%.A frequently trained recruiter contributes to 21% more profit.Continuous training boosts productivity by 30-40%.Effective use of recruitment systems can improve sales by 29%.Help Your Recruiters to Bill MoreTake a look at our infographic below. What do you need to improve to ensure your team achieves best practice, driving sales and ROI?How to Make Your Recruiter Your Coolest ToolOur high intensity interval training - Recruitment HIIT - helps recruiters and resourcers source, convert quicker and develop healthy pipelines, and helps marketers generate more of the 3Cs. We aim to save every recruiter and marketer at least 1 hour per day (6 working weeks a year)- more billing time, more fees!We’d love you to try Recruitment HIIT for free for 7 days.TRY RECRUITMENT HIIT 7 DAYS FOR FREEDOWNLOAD YOUR RECRUITMENT TRAINING PLAYBOOKBOOK A CALL TO DISCUSS RECRUITMENT TRAINING
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