Recruiters, I assume you’re keen to be smarter and bill more this year. You could be 29% more profitable when you use a CRM. Plus 34% more productive!
But just as you’re focusing on Brexit getting “done”, and impeachments, 2 things happen to cause a major disruption in The Force!
Bullhorn Buys Adapt… What Happens Now?
Actually, not much changes – read Bullhorn’s FAQs on their website:
We are committed to supporting Bond customers and ensuring that they are successful moving forward. While we have no plans to accelerate development of new features as part of Bond, we will maintain support for the existing product for the indefinite future.
So, Adapt isn’t being “sunsetted” (retired), and Bullhorn will continue to have developers maintaining the product. But, really, what many of our Adapt clients tell me is what they have today works for them. The issue they have is their recruiters’ usage of Adapt, rather than the Adapt CRM itself – and that’s what needs fixing in 2020!
I’ve checked in with my team of Adapt trainers (the best Adapt trainers in the business!) and listed below are our 5 reasons to get your Recruiters trained to use Adapt better. Training your recruiters to use Adapt to source, attract, convert, and place candidates and clients is a key goal. You never know, this may also help you retain your recruiters too?
Note: if you’re migrating to Bullhorn, keep watching – the tips below are just as useful. We train recruiters to use Bullhorn too!
1. Are You Suffering from the 72% Placement Issue?
72% of the placements made last year were with candidates you already had (before you spent at least 13 hours sourcing them from LinkedIn and job boards.)
So – training your recruiters to clean up (some of their) data and working it is the crux of all of the things you need to do this year.
In fact, Bullhorn’s research on what you want to improve tells me that 55% of you see speedier sourcing as your key goal.
2. Recruiters are Distracted 36 x An Hour… No Time for Calls!
Recruiters are checking their emails 36 x an hour, and mobiles phone 45 x a day…
What a waste of time! Time is needed make calls and interview candidates / convert clients.
Again – how have your teams been trained to use Adapt to run their desk?
Every client we work with wants their recruiters to make more viable calls… How are you using Adapt to generate warm call lists and turn those candidates and clients into invoices?
80% of you want to be more organised, using technology! Adapt’s Planner is a fabulous tool to create order out of potential chaos.
3. Your Attrition Is Affected by Change
The recruitment industry suffers a whopping 43% attrition rate – and this is often down to a lack of training on core systems. For example, the CIPD note that 2/3 of leavers claim a lack of training is their main reason for quitting. Ask yourself:
What training are you delivering this year to KEEP your staff?
How are you planning on making them more productive and effective recruiters?
It is likely that you have the three things you need…
BUT the purpose and process are missing.
Did you know that continuous training can increase sales by 50%? More training = more sales!
4. How Much Money Are You Spending NOT Using Adapt? Perhaps £140,000?
We recently “traffic lighted” a client’s recruitment workflow.
What were they doing well (green)?
What needed a little retraining (amber)?
What parts of the recruitment workflow were they not delivering through Adapt, or not delivering at all (red)?
The outcome? We found that a team of 40 recruiters were “drowning” in data and systems and were spending in excess of £140,000 using systems other than Adapt.
Plus, dirty data, unhappy recruiters, useless MI, and no doubt lots of missed sales opportunities.
(Hence no budget for training!)
Processes and ROI skewed by “too many systems not enough process”. (It doesn’t cost £140k to train your teams to use Adapt!)
5. 60% of Candidates Have a Poor Experience… But What About Recruiters?
There is so much online about the poor candidate experience, and APSCo tells us that most of you want to fix this issue - but what about the recruiter experience? 2/3 of recruiters who quit last year stated "you didn't train me" - what a terrible waste of time and resource, when it takes approx 6-12 months to get a recruiter to decent billing levels. (It costs approx £10,000 to replace a recruiter!)
What’s your plan this year to improve your teams’ experience of recruitment and sales? Surely their happiness directly affects that of your candidates (and clients)? And you'll save £100,000s!
Adapt CRM: “It’s What You Do With It That Counts!”
We’ve spent the last 20 years working with Bond / Erecruit / Bullhorn – we’re pretty good at Adapt and Bullhorn adoption and recruitment training. In fact, we’re one of the few teams who know the difference between the two.
Recruitment is a tough market, made up of busy recruiters and sales people. If you’ve not got the time, mindset, or budget to move from Adapt this year think:
“It’s what you do with it that counts!”
Give us a call – we’d love to help you use Adapt (or Bullhorn) to improve your sourcing, pipeline, candidate experience, client retention, recruiter attrition… flip, we may even cure the common cold! (Maybe!)
Looking for more Adapt Hacks? Find out how you can Place More Candidates and Place Quicker Using Adapt!
4 Questions for Recruitment Leaders and Marketers Who Need to Generate More Sales
Recruitment Marketers, now more than ever, need to deliver real value. With Covid creating either distraction, furlough, or redundancy, recruitment agencies are focused on lead generation and conversion. But where does and should marketing fit in to this landscape? And how are they prepared for the new normal?The Sales-Led Marketing ChallengeAs chairs of the APSCo Marketing Forum, Niomi and I are keen to ensure that the regular meetups and webinars contain content which drives the members to deliver commercial and relevant outcomes. We surveyed APSCo marketing members to find out answers to the following questions:What were your plans to improve prior to Covid lockdown?What are your biggest challenges during lockdown?Where do you see the biggest wins for you in the next few months?Where do you feel you need additional training / knowledge?The answers were compelling, and a little worrying.1.What were your plans to improve prior to Covid lockdown?The majority said “Brand Improvement”. This is always a red flag for me and tweaks my “colouring-in department” nerve. What were the businesses these marketers worked for doing before Covid… was lead gen / sales already taken care of? I get how important brand is, but in a saturated market, where recruiters are often 360+ and have too much to do, (too much data, systems, and not enough process) I love hearing stories about marketers deliver MQLs (marketing qualified leads) or perfect candidates / colleagues into the sales teams.2.What are your biggest challenges during lockdown?The majority said “Lead Generation”. So, as soon as lockdown happens all eyes go to marketing to do something that may not have been their priority or skillset pre-lockdown. A reaction that we have all had, but one that may have fallen flat due to the lack of skill / expectation of marketing prior to Covid. Some of them don’t even have access to the database that their recruiters use… so how are they supposed to help with the conversion, or reconversion, process?3.Where do you see the biggest wins for you in the next few months?Worryingly, lead generation scored low, and brand and client experience scored high. Kids are back at school, local lockdowns, rules of 6, are the new normal, but to move so quickly away from lead gen feels too soon, or perhaps, inappropriate.4.Where do you feel you need additional training / knowledge?SEO and monetisation of the CRM and data scored high. This is interesting, and predictable, as these two areas drive leads. Does this answer tell us that marketers haven’t got the training (or perhaps confidence) to stick their hand up and say:“leave the leads to me” When I mentor marketers, I lift the lid on SEO and make it a simple task. It’s about:persona-led keyword decks,threaded into content,which is aimed at the data (you likely already have) and assertively used to convert or reconvert. Leads are generated and actively handed over to sales. Easy!So the marketers have spotted their weaknesses… but what next?What else scored low?Automation – this is needed to create space and time to attract and convertInternal comms – this is needed to keep the workforce engaged and motivatedInbound sales – this is just needed.Social media – use this to drive content ROICandidate attraction – I’m worried that recruiters are being bombarded by the wrong candidates and this is preventing best practice.Marketers Need to Generate LeadsGoing back to lead gen and sales-led marketing…Marketers, ask yourself:what are you doing to skill up in SEO and monetising your data and CRM? Recruitment Leaders, ask yourself:what access does your marketer have to your data, and your sales team? What needs to happen to turn your marketing into a sales-led, data-driven, lead generative function?Attend our webinar on 30/09/20 to find out what Niomi and I think you need to do.Book Your Marketing Webinar PlaceTalking of Marketers Generating Leads for Recruiters...Could marketing save your recruiters an hour a day, and make an extra £18,750 a year (or £187,500/month if there are 10 of you?)Our high intensity interval training - Recruitment HIIT- helps recruiters source, convert quicker and develop healthy pipelines with Adapt, Bullhorn, LinkedIn, Job Adverts, Inbound Sales, Digital and Email Marketing. We aim to save every recruiter at least 1 hour per day - more billing time, more fees!TRY RECRUITMENT HIIT 7 DAYS FOR FREEREAD ABOUT OUR MARKETING TRAININGBOOK A CALL TO DISCUSS MARKETING TRAINING
Yorkshire Recruitment! Back to Work, Back to Normal?
Recruitment Leaders. whatever stress you and your business have been under, now that the kids are back at school, and that we are all trying to get back to a new normal, time is more precious than ever. And having a sales-led strategy for the next 3 months is key.Jonathan Sanderson, Chair of the APSCo Yorkshire Business Forum, will be joined at the next meeting by my business partner Lisa Jones.On Monday 28 Sept, 14:00, Lisa will focus on...Yorkshire Recruiters! Back to Work, Back to Normal? Your staff have either been:working as smart as they can throughout the pandemicon furlough, ormade redundant.What do you need to do in the next 3 months to generate more business? Lisa says:Your sales, recruiting, and marketing teams need to get fit, and be desk and time effective – but perhaps they have dirty data, numerous systems that they decide when they engage with, and not the right content and process to generate warm calls?Lisa, with her knowledge of sales, systems, marketing, and recruitment, will talk about how you and your team and business back to “fitness”.Jonathan will then lead a discussion around issues currently affecting the recruitment sector in the region.Register Here It's genuinely the time to take a breath, get ready, and get going.Talking of Recruiters Getting Going...Could you save an hour a day, and make an extra £18,750 a year (or £187,500/month if there are 10 of you?)Our high intensity interval training - Recruitment HIIT - helps recruiters source, convert quicker and develop healthy pipelines with Adapt, Bullhorn, LinkedIn, Job Adverts, Inbound Sales, Digital and Email Marketing. We aim to save every recruiter at least 1 hour per day - more billing time, more fees!TRY RECRUITMENT HIIT 7 DAYS FREE READ ABOUT OUR RECRUITMENT TRAININGBOOK A CALL TO DISCUSS RECRUITMENT TRAINING
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