Every recruitment leader I am working with is asking me about AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning in recruitment technology. Equally, the recruitment marketers I mentor and coach are thinking about AI in marketing and how it can help them improve job adverts, and brand, and sales.
This blog is a speedy 3-minute read with 2 key takeaways for recruitment leaders and their marketers who want to understand how AI will affect recruitment.
Recruiters and Their Marketers Vs Artificial Intelligence
When asked about AI, I have been saying:
“Chill! Recruitment and marketing need humans!”
But I am extremely aware that AI and machine learning is starting to disrupt recruitment - at least it is disrupting the conversations, which often leads to a disruption of the job and the product.
If it’s disrupting my marketing mentoring and recruitment training sessions, it will be disrupting the calls that recruiters are making, and the meetings that marketers are having with their recruiters.
I have been listening to Brad Geddes and his Podcast on Humans Vs Machines. Brad has been in paid search / for as long as you can pay for searches (1998) and has some great insight into AI and machine learning, and the role of humans in business. This podcast was a speedy listen, and made me think about 2 key takeaways for my recruitment and marketing.
AI Vs Humans – When Do Recruiters Get Replaced?
Is AI / machine learning going to replace humans (and in this I mean recruiters and recruitment marketers)?
Brad makes a great point that computers are great at numbers and data crunching. I feel that the average recruiter and marketer have very little time to do this job – so, yay to computers!
Humans are great at strategy, while computers are not going to nail this (yet!). But again, the marketers I mentor and the recruiters my team train often have little time for marketing strategy and recruitment strategy – both roles (at the moment) are fraught with a JFDI approach.
BUT Brad makes a great point: when you link the two – when you link humans and computers... BINGO!
Takeaway: Recruitment leaders need to step back from AI – and ask:
“How can I link AI and my humans together? How can I get the benefits of AI without removing the human element that Recruiters are genuinely great at, and that is often my USP?”
You need to look at your workflows that the tech people are trying to sell you, and ensure that when you put the two together they are both very clear on where they stop and start! Have a growth strategy, not just a purchasing one.
Also, consider this: if you have small data sets, you will benefit less from machine learning than your bigger competitors…. AI needs data to be great!
AI and Job Adverts
Can computers write job adverts for my recruiters?
Brad also talks about adverts (I translate this to job adverts).
He’s found that when machines write adverts they get more clicks, but then the sales people complain about the quality… sound familiar? The last thing a busy recruiter needs is more randoms applying for jobs, and leads coming through the website that are not genuine sales opportunities.
I feel that recruiters need to write their own job adverts. It’s not admin to sell or pitch. Plus, Google for Jobs tells us to get our job adverts sorted as they are crucial at attracting the right data… A great job advert will fix so many issues in a recruiter’s pipeline (candidates, AND clients AND colleagues!)
Takeaway: Recruiters need to improve their job advert copy. Marketers need to have a strategy for marketing the jobs more effectively. AI is NOT coming to rescue you from crap candidates applying to crap job adverts.
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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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