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

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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

Growth is Painful

Marketing Scripts_peLet’s face it … we’ve all been stuck at times in our comfort zones. They’re different for everyone but one thing is consistent with all – life begins at the end of our comfort zone. I don’t know who to give credit to for that saying but it’s certainly true.

I still have days that I have to wake myself up from being in mine. But I know that if I don’t, everything remains static, stuck, and that’s not where my personal and professional growth is. Isn’t it true that forward momentum can be achieved simply by taking even baby steps each day?

Being good at handling objections is one of the ways we can strengthen our ability to move forward. Can it be painful? Yes! Why? Because most people have a fear of rejection. And what is a fear? In my opinion, it stands for False. Evidence. Appearing. Real.

Make the marketing calls. Get good at handling objections. Stop being fearful of rejection. Don’t take it personally. They can’t kill you!

Here’s an example:

“YOUR FEES ARE TOO HIGH”

“My service charge is not the lowest or the highest in our industry, however, the quality of my service and candidates is the highest. I can prove that by presenting you top talent that fits your needs at no cost to you. You can easily compare my service with the quality and service you’re getting now and then make the decision if my service charge is too high. Fair enough?”

I truly hope these tips are helping. For more information, please  visit my website and see if there’s something there that can get you closer to your goals.

Until next time, have a great day!

Darryl

EZRecruiting

 

 

They Asked Me

Over the years many people have asked me how I got started in recruiting and why I did. There are several reasons:

  1. I don’t believe in coincidence; everything happens for a reason. I happened to be in a place in my life where I knew something had to change for the better. I just didn’t know what. Then a friend told me about a guy who was looking to hire someone to help him in his business, which was a staffing agency. I applied for the job and, to my astonishment, he hired me. My first assignment was when he put a resume on my desk for an Applications Engineer. He handed me the phone book and said, “I don’t want to see you or hear from you until you’ve found a home for this guy.” After processing that for a minute, I put my head down and got to work. I knew I didn’t have time to get scared about what I didn’t “know.” Obviously the first few phone calls I made, talking with hiring authorities, they knew how green I was. One guy asked me, “How long have you been doing this?” I said, “About 20 minutes.” He laughed so hard, but also really appreciated my honesty and told me so. At that point, in what was to be a life-long career, I didn’t know what I didn’t know. (BTW – I did place that candidate in a new job – wow!) I was on my way and never looked back.
  2. As for the reasons I do this and have for so long, there are many, but the primary one is that it allows me to affect others’ lives in a significant way. When I place someone into a better situation than they’re currently in, whether it’s direct hire or a contract position, their circumstances inevitably improve. And on the client side, this new hire has made the hiring authority’s job easier. The new person will be an asset to that company’s productivity.
  3. Another reason is that I like building and maintaining good relationships. It’s a known fact that companies and people do business with people they know, like and trust. The trust factor is HUGE! It has to be there in order to have a continuing relationship. And how do you create that trust factor? By being real; by being who you are; by asking the right questions so that your prospective new client knows that you’re listening to their needs. One of the ways I like to do this is by asking, “What’s most important to you when you decide to hire someone? (Listen and write it down). Then ask, “What else is important to you?” (Listen and write that down). Then ask, “What else?” Ask, Ask, Ask! And when you’ve placed someone into a new job, you almost always have their trust and loyalty. It’s a win-win all the way around.

Marketing Scripts_peI truly hope these tips are helping. For more information, you can visit my website and see if there’s something there that can get you closer to your goals.

Until next time, have a great day!

Darryl

EZRecruiting

Objection 2

Continuing with our list of objections that you may hear when marketing is this rather common one:

“We have no openings.”

So how would you handle this one? Let me suggest what has worked for me.

First, isolate the objection by asking a question: Newest.12.11.15“Do you mean you have no openings for a __________________ (whatever you‘re marketing) or no openings at all?” (Listen).

  • “Most companies will make a place for a person who will increase their bottom line profit. Is that true in your company?”
  • “What would it take for you to create an opening in your organization?”
  • “How many people do you have in this position right now?”
  • “If you were to rate them on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest based on not only work performance, but attitude, loyalty, and dependability, how many would be a 10?”
  • “How many are an 8 or 9?”
  • ‘Do you have any 5‘s or below? It‘s not uncommon for a company to have one or two weak links; people who aren’t pulling their load for whatever reasons. These people cost you money every day. The person I‘m representing is a 10. On his last job he (provide examples of what your candidate did to increase the bottom line). Your time would be well spent to interview this person and see if you don‘t agree that he would improve your company’s profitability.”
  • Other ways to handle this objection would be to ask questions like:
  • “When do you anticipate an opening?”
  • “How do you normally hire your people?”
  • “Have you considered upgrading your staff?”

Most people when new to sales have a tendency to start “selling” immediately when faced with an objection. Keep in mind how it feels to be “sold” by anyone you encounter in your life. It certainly turns me off to think that someone assumes what I want or need without first finding out what that might be. So why would you want to do that to someone else? Especially someone you want to gain as a new client. Earning a level of trust is paramount in our business. Asking good questions like those above could be just the platform you need to earn that trust from your prospect.

Next time we’ll cover Objection 3 – We advertise on our own.

Until then, 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

 

Just Say Thanks!

Often we forget, in our frenzied lives, that we have a lot to be grateful for. And I believe that gratitude goes a long way in becoming successful, no matter what business you’re in, if you’re working from home or for someone else, or what’s going on in your personal life. Thank-you-letter

Gratitude creates good energy. Have you ever been around someone who is ego-driven?  Personally, I can’t spend too much time around that type of person. They seem to be energy vampires for me. You know … they’re always talking about their own accomplishments, what kind of car they drive, that their kid has a master’s degree in this or that, or that big trip they took to Fiji? It’s rare that this type of person is grateful for what they have. And if they are, they don’t seem to verbalize it. As my wife says – they’ve got bad “mojo.”

My wife also says that what we give out, we get back. Life is like a boomerang. Send out gratitude and good things in life come back to you. Here are some tips that I’ve found helpful:

  • Think about what you’re grateful for every morning. For most people, waking up is a chore. They wish they could sleep a little longer and aren’t the least bit excited about getting up and going to work. It feels like such a grind. That’s the very reason it’s important to express some gratitude first thing in the morning. This small act could make your day go a whole lot better! I have a tendency to complain about this allergy season and how it affects my eyes; itching, burning, etc. But lately when I wake up, I’ve decided to be grateful for the gift of sight.
  • It doesn’t matter who you give thanks to. If you’re religious, you may wish to thank God. If you’re not, just feel the gratitude in your heart. Even if the only prayer you ever say is Thank You, that’s enough.
  • If you’re so inclined, keep a Gratitude Journal. (There’s even an APP for that on the Google Play store). The reason this is so helpful is for the times when things aren’t going so well in your life. You can go back, read your journal and KNOW that you have so much to be grateful for.
  • Express your gratitude for those in your life who make it better. Shoot them a text, an email, call them, or better yet, mail them a handwritten note or card. Believe me, it will make your day and theirs!

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

Darryl

EZRECRUITING