How to be a ‘REAL’ Consultant

Ever wondered how to clear a room at a networking event (apart from yelling ‘FIRE’)?  It’s easy; tell people you’re a consultant!  The title is almost as bad as parking inspector or politician. ‘Hang on, I’m a recruitment consultant’  or a 'talent acquisition consultant' I can hear some of you…

How much is your time worth?

If you’re not billing the amount you’d like, need or want to, ask yourself… “Am I working like someone who bills $X thousand a year… someone who makes roughly $Y every hour of the day?” Are you valuing your time at that level? (If not, who will?) Yearly billings of…

What are your job fill ratios?

A couple of years ago I remember reading one of *Greg Savage's Blogs called ''15 sure signs your 'client' does not take you seriously'' and coincidentally I was about to run a client management training course the week after.  I contacted Greg and asked if he would mind if I…

Cold calling is dead, thanks to LinkedIn

As with you perhaps, this title certainly grabbed my attention when I read it on Forbes a few weeks ago.  Largely to do with the fact that sales and LinkedIn are the tools of the trade for most recruiters and with a changing landscape ahead of us, how does this…

What are your critical numbers?

Increasing sales and market share is simple — ask your team to make more sales calls and they’ll come back with more placements, right?  Or maybe not. This myth needs debunking, it's a flawed strategy when you solely focus on quantity.  Effective recruitment firms have sales prospecting metrics that determine…

When the going gets tough …

During the last global financial crisis, some consultants thrived, many only survived and a few did exceptionally well. As you are well aware, be it recruitment, sport or anything else, the cream always rises to the top. Have you asked yourself why or how that is? In this 10 minute…

Did you think cold calling is dead?

You may recall in my last blog 'Is cold calling dead in recruitment' I asked you that very same question?  The result was that this particular blog attracted a lot of attention, with some very strong views from opposing ends.  Due to the fact that I received such a high…

Is Cold Calling Dead in Recruitment?

Perhaps an odd question coming from a sales trainer?  But I’ve been asking myself that very same question for some time now…  As a result I embarked on my own journey of research to see if I can come to some conclusions, which will ultimately shape the way we train…

Recruiting in tough times

Firstly let’s acknowledge the market conditions that can affect our industry.  Recruitment has never really been an ‘easy’ market, there are rolling issues from one industry to the next, one skill set to the next or from one geographical area to another. Whether this be the economy,  strength of the…