There are tools abound that will free you up to spend more time on the phone. The even better news is that a lot of them are completely free and can provide that all important competitive advantage.
How to stay on top of what’s available
Reserve half an hour every week or two to scan the places where people post about free tools. I can guarantee the time invested will be paid back to you and then some.
Inevitably, there are some tools that won’t apply to your desk or business, but if the result of a small amount of time invested means you unearth a free gem like Prophet http://recruitingtools.com/prophet, which enables you to find email addresses for most LinkedIn profiles at the click of a button, it’s absolutely worth it.
What to stay on top of
Join the Cool (free) tools for Recruiting https://www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=3104747&sort=POPULAR LinkedIn group run by sourcing expert Martin Lee. Here, unsurprisingly, you’ll find cool free tools for Recruiting that will save you time and help you get ahead.
Follow Shane McCusker’s blog www.intel-sw.com/blog – another expert, he regularly posts free tools that help you find more candidates, and his Facebook sourcing tool www.intel-sw.com/blog/facebook-search/ is an absolute essential for effectively sifting through the 1.4bn prospects residing on Facebook.
Subscribe to SourceCon http://www.sourcecon.com/ which is a stream of tools, tips and guides from the likes of Aaron Lintz to make you more efficient and unearth that perfect candidate quicker.
Recruiting Tools http://www.recruitingtools.com/ is the last but not least on the recommended list. Here, along with many others, you’ll find another expert in Dean Da Costa, whose sourcing knowledge is encyclopaedic and he kindly shares that knowledge and his favourite tools.
There are plenty more I could mention, but these will definitely set you off on the right track.
Some tools to get you started
I mentioned Prophet earlier and there are plenty similar available. Another favourite is Connectifier https://www.connectifier.com/, which works in a similar way to Prophet. It’s not free forever, but for the month or so that you’ll have free access to it, it’s absolutely worth the minute spent downloading.
Sidekick http://www.getsidekick.com is a tool that tells you when someone’s opened your email, enabling you to contact them at the very moment they’re looking at what you have to say. It’s free for up to 200 emails a month, and paid after that.
FlamePost www.FlamePost.com is an essential timesaver if you regularly post to more than one of LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. You can post across all platforms and schedule your content to go out at specific times of the day. Great for a consistent brand message without the hassle of constantly posting throughout the day.
Naturally some of our favourite free tools are our own! You can find tools to search LinkedIn, Google+, find Developers and more here www.sourcebreaker.com/tools.