Recruitment Hacking, Part 6: Contact management recruitment hacking style.
This blog post is number 6 in the Recruitment Hacking series. You can see all of them under the Recruitment Hacking category and to get the entire series and more download the Cornerstone Recruitment Hacking Handbook.
Contact Management and Evercontact
Keeping contact records up to date and in sync across your email client and ATS is probably harder and more time consuming than keeping your inbox clean. So it can be a big job! But there is also the “big” question around CRM vs. ATS that has to be considered when hunting down passive candidates. They are not applicants at this stage so do you have the contact details in your email Contacts or in your ATS? As a recruitment hacker you go with the path of least resistance which is most likely going to be Contacts to start with and then the ATS once they actually apply for a job.
One of my big hates is cutting and pasting new contact details from an email footer or online profiles e.g. LinkedIn. All that great contact information sat there winking at me but always something that gets put off until later. Then you have 10 to do and it’s a big job that just won’t get done. But it’s not just new contacts, it can be existing contacts with new information that you don’t currently have. Or it could be a new LinkedIn connection that you now have partial or maybe full access to their contact information and need to create a new contact record. And of course the more active you are the more contacts you need to maintain. Enter Evercontact.
The first thing Evercontact does is check your inbox every 24 hours and adds new contacts and any new details for existing contacts. I prefer to approve these but it can be fully automated with new/updates just added for you.
But what about when you are sourcing and you don't have the details in your inbox? Download the Cornerstone Recruitment Hacking Handbook and find out what other tricks and tips are available.