The life of a recruiter is busy. Burnout is a major problem, and in today’s ultra-competitive market for talent, many recruiters are burning the candle at both ends to find, attract and engage candidates.
When your attention is spread over so many functions and follows, it can be difficult to optimize your productivity. So while many recruiters are burning out and going nonstop every day, they aren’t necessarily at their most productive state.
Improved efficiency can make life less stressful for your recruiters, while simultaneously ramping up results for your staffing firm. Try this advice to step things up a bit:
That’s right, one of the most effective ways to supercharge your days is by focusing on tomorrow. Well, sort of. Schedule in an hour at the end of each workday for your recruiters to plan out the following day.
Although it may seem counterintuitive to be more productive by putting less time directly into “work,” laying out the day in advance can help your team avoid scrambling and working reactively. It is incredibly powerful (and calming) to know exactly what expectations are in front of you for the following day. Building in time for “squeaky wheels” and other last-minute tasks also provides a cushion to ensure things get done, effectively and efficiently.
In BrightMove, our Planner feature allows your recruiters (and leadership) to quickly and effectively plan out their days, directly in our ATS. Their tasks can be tied directly to the correct candidates and data, helping your recruiters work even more efficiently. And with a customized dashboard, your (or your recruiters’) daily planner visualization can be front and center to seamlessly facilitate the workday.
Laying out your day in advance is critical, but ensuring you follow the plan is especially important. You know the phrase, “even the best-laid plans…”? Setting important reminders keeps your recruiters on track to follow through on their plans.
Plus, with potentially hundreds (or even thousands) of candidates in your database, remembering when to engage or follow up with just a fraction of them is nearly impossible. Automating reminders at set intervals helps your team keep candidates engaged while more efficiently running through their days.
Because our founders have deep roots in the staffing industry, BrightMove has been built from the very beginning to overcome the challenges facing so many recruiters. Setting reminders and integrating them into your workflows is a quick and easy process in our platform, and is an empowering and time-saving way to help your recruiters work more efficiently.
There is a cloud-based solution for everything nowadays, it seems. Then, throw the good old paper into the mix. You could have bits and pieces of information about your candidates in any number of places.
When it comes to SaaS (software as a service) providers, it can sometimes be difficult to have them all “play nice” and integrate so that your information is easily accessible (and easy to use). In our experience within the staffing and recruiting industry, we knew this was a major problem and productivity killer. If recruiters are constantly switching from platform to platform, things get missed, and it can be difficult to really streamline your day.
BrightMove was built to work with a range of top cloud solutions (and if we don’t “play nice” with your tech, let us know and we’ll look into making it happen). Set those reminders mentioned above in BrightMove, and they’ll pop up in your Outlook Calendar. Need to text a candidate? Set the reminder in BrightMove and it can trigger your texting platform.
Even more powerfully, our Activity Stream provides a simple visualization on a manager or candidate record. Instead of searching through papers and various platforms to find the information you need, you can effortlessly scan an entire record of every interaction and piece of critical data. You’ll know exactly where you left off in the conversation or process so that you have the information needed to engage and move forward. One login, one solution, and LOTS of time saved (not to mention the stress and cost of juggling multiple technologies and platforms!).
Small changes and better technology can make a profound impact on your staffing firm. At BrightMove, our team of industry experts understands the challenges and goals on your radar. We built our platform to make life easier, and to help you grow your business. To dig deeper and more closely examine what’s driving the soaring costs of recruiting, check out this resource.
About the Author, Heidi Howell-Green
With more than a decade of experience making marketing and communications concepts come to life in the workforce solutions industry, Heidi was utilizing marketing principles to lead the charge on employer branding initiatives for talent acquisition and working to create an engaging and positive candidate experience, as well as employee experience to attract and retain talent before it was mainstream.