Five Important Things to Do

Marketing Scripts_peBeing in the staffing industry for 40+ years, I’ve seen a lot of recruiters just give up in a tough economy. Even though a lot of companies are cutting back on hiring, there are many recruiters who are still thriving. Here are just five things they are doing:

Start thinking Contract and Contract-to-Hire. If you’ve only done Direct Hire in the past, go back to your previous clients where you have had successful placements and offer them Contract and Contract-to-Hire candidates. A lot of candidates are willing now, more than ever, to take a short term assignment when they need to make some money sooner than later. If you’re an independent recruiter, this might not make sense, since you would have to fund payroll, but if you work for a staffing firm, they should be able to handle it. And currently there are several really good funding companies out there that independent recruiters are utilizing. If you need one, you can contact me via the Meet Darryl page.

Find openings to fill by asking your candidates. When interviewing your candidates, ask them, only after you have developed some rapport and trust: Where have they interviewed? What position did they apply for? Who did they interview with? What salary figure were they talking? How did the company leave it with them? (Obviously if the candidate you are speaking with is still interested in this position, and being considered for it, it would not be ethical to call that company to try and get the job order).

Know how to handle objections with potential client companies. The staffing industry is like any other in the sense that it operates on supply and demand. When an ample supply of candidates exists like it does now, you need to be able to get your foot in the door and be better at it than the average recruiter. That means handling objections in a professional manner. Distinguish between a buy sign and an objection. A buy sign is any question asked about the candidate you might be marketing. (And I hope you’re marketing a good, qualified candidate).

One of the objections you might hear these days is: “We advertise on our own; there’s a flood of good people out there right now.” If you hear this, try saying this in response: “Some of our clients also advertise their openings. What they have found is that they become flooded with resumes of unqualified people. When you advertise on your own, you pay your money up front and take a chance. I do it all for you and you only pay me for results. You have nothing to lose by interviewing this outstanding candidate.”

Consider changing disciplines if your old path is drying up. Health care, government services and cyber security are just a few fields right now where hiring is still pretty hot. If you’ve been in construction or IT, for example, and it’s drying up, it might be worth your time to investigate what’s going on in other industries.

Develop a believable marketing presentation. Find a most place-able candidate. Develop a good presentation, and then deliver it consistently. Example: “I’m not calling to tell you about anyone or sell you anything; it’s just that while on a search for another company similar to yours, I found some outstanding candidates in ________ (software, hardware, electrical engineering, etc.). I simply wanted to let you know about that and see if, at this point, you have some interest in this kind of talent.”

Until next time, keep moving forward.

Darryl

EZRECRUITING.COM

 

 

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Humphrey Bogart

“The only point in making money is, you can tell some big shot where to go.” Humphrey Bogart

In essence, that’s what I did while on a marketing call when a potential client gave me a buy sign.

The buy sign came in the form of a question, as they usually do. I answered his question first and then said, “Tell me more about the position. Will this person report to you?” He replied, “You know what an AS400 programmer does … just find me one.”

“Bob, I’ll need to know a lot more than just finding an AS400 programmer if you expect me to provide you with an acceptable candidate for your company. If you can’t provide me with more details, I will not work on this opening for you. So what type of applications will this person work on?”

He said “You mean you won’t work on this position for me?” I said, “That’s correct. I am not going to waste my time or yours looking for a needle in a haystack, so if you want a qualified top notch candidate, then let’s get started. What applications will this person be working on?”

I was able to get the details and ultimately make this placement. When I did my two week follow up call to both the candidate and Bob to see how things were working out for them, Bob thanked me for not giving up on him at the beginning of our first conversation. “Darryl, when you finished asking your questions I think you knew more about the position and company than I did. That must be why your candidate turns out to be the best hire I’ve ever made.  He is fantastic!”

“That’s what I like to hear, Bob. *What else can I be working on for you?”

*Never miss a chance to ask for more orders. Make it a habit to ask!!!!

In the next post I’ll let you in on what I found out about treating the candidate no different than the client.

For more information, please visit my website. There’s a goldmine of tips & techniques in my latest e-book.

To your success,

Darryl

EZRecruiting

Idling in a Sailboat

Have you ever felt like you’re idling in a sailboat but what you really want is a jet boat?

What some recruiters find themselves doing is “getting ready to get ready.” This is especially true after the holiday season. (That would be their sailboat).

In order to get on that jet boat, what needs to happen? Well … it varies slightly from recruiter to recruiter, but the one common thread I’ve found is that they got off course somehow, i.e., drowned in the sea of Google searches, marooned on the desert island of job boards, or ran aground on the sands of “I’ll make marketing calls tomorrow.”

My advice? Go from idling in the sailboat to speeding away in the jet boat using one simple strategy: Get back to the basics! Do them consistently (not just a couple days a week).

All top-notch recruiters ask themselves a very important question on a daily, even hourly, basis. “Is what I’m doing right now getting me closer to making a placement?” If the answer is no, they change what they’re doing. And it usually involves a PLAN.

Daily Activity PlannerI always teach using a Daily Activity Planner. A handwritten one. Even with today’s technology (which many get lost in), there’s something powerful about writing down something on a piece of paper. I personally love being able to check off each item as I complete it. Wow! Talk about celebrating small successes. You get to look at the end of each day and see them. You can also see what you didn’t accomplish and transfer it to the next day’s Planner.

BTW, you can download my version of the Daily Activity Planner FREE at my website

I’m going to be offering the whole folder of marketing/recruiting forms in the next day or so at a nominal price, so stay tuned.

Until next time, have a great day!

Darryl

EZRecruiting

Objection 1

Our first objection from the last post was: “We had a bad experience with a staffing firm like yours.”

Here’s one way you could approach this objection (there are many others) and hopefully turn it into a future client.

01.05.16ObjectionAsk “Oh, what do you mean? (Listen). I understand how you feel. I‘ve had similar experiences with other types of companies. For example, I once had a negative experience with an insurance company. What I did to solve it was change insurance companies. I didn’t stop insuring my health, life, auto, property, etc. Can you see how the two relate? (Pause and listen). I would like to restore your faith in search firms. What critical staffing needs can I be working on for you? What are your biggest challenges in terms of finding top talent for your open positions?”

If your prospect still continues to voice an objection, you can always fall back to what I call the most important six words: “What would you like to happen?”

More tomorrow … in the meantime, have a great day!

Darryl

EZRecruiting.com

 

Easy Steps to Get Started

Beginning to work at home in a small business is the easiest way to become totally independent. It provides the opportunity to work for yourself in familiar surroundings.

But before I give you more info on this, let me pose a question: **If you knew that you had to make an additional $10,000 or more next year, what steps would you take to make it happen? Something to ponder (if you haven’t already).

Many individuals simply don’t have the money to afford renting office space, and choose instead to use a room in the home to set up a small business. The process of working out of the house is simple, and requires only a few steps to make it successful.

The first step is to decide exactly how you want operate as a new business. You can choose to be a sole proprietor, a limited liability company (LLC), a corporation or partnership. At some point, after setting up the legal structure of your home business, you’ll receive an EIN (employer identification number) to be used for tax identification whenever it is required. I personally have an LLC because I like what it has to offer. I don’t give tax advice or want to influence you in any way. It’s just that the options above can help you in terms of write-offs for business expenses.  working-in-home-office

You’ll need to determine the best place to set up your business in the home. For the purpose of taxes, in running a home business, you’ll need to indicate what part of the home is being utilized as the office. This will allow the aforementioned tax write-offs, and help you maintain a larger portion of your profits.

Once you decide to get started, use every type of leverage possible to promote your business. This includes using the Internet, printing business cards, and using free research options online to find ways to market your new endeavor.

Marketing and promotions are essential expenditures to establish a new home based business. It requires investing a good amount of effort, time and energy along with sufficient capital to ensure the success of your new enterprise. With proper planning and funding, you can finally achieve your goal of becoming your own boss. I always advise having at least three months of funds in the bank when you get started so that you’re not coming from a feeling of scarcity.

**Most of the recruiters I’ve trained are making a solid five or six figure income, even in today’s economy. Because of so many layoffs in large corporations, I teach independent recruiters how to target smaller and medium sized businesses who are still hiring. Many have said that the materials in my teachings on marketing and recruiting alone have given them a huge return on their investment.

Stay tuned … more to come. Have a blessed day!

Darryl

EZRECRUITING.COM