Over my lifetime, I’ve watched the telephone evolve from a clunky device attached to the kitchen wall, to a short-distance cordless contraption, to massive car phones that cost by the minute. All these things have led up to today, where 78% of teenagers have a cell phone with more computing power than NASA used to send Neil Armstrong to the moon.
Along with the convenience of being able reach loved ones near and far with a the quick click of a touch screen, has come the ability to instantly screen unfamiliar calls. In the past, we learned not to pick up the phone during dinner time unless we wanted to buy something, then came caller ID and we began to screen any number we didn’t have memorized. Now, if the number isn’t saved in your phone, there better be an incredibly compelling message or text, otherwise it might as well be renamed “Don’t Answer, Ever.”
This isn’t necessarily because we want to be rude or antisocial, the Average American is incredibly busy and an unknown phone call is an uninvited interruption to the task at hand. With an average of 4.7 hours a day already spent on our phones, combined with family time, work, and leisure activities, we have to prioritize who gets a piece of our valuable time.
As an Executive Recruiter, I may fall into any of the prioritization levels, based on need and experience. I may be greeted with resounding gratefulness, I might be a quick welcome distraction from the day-to-day, or I could even be seen as a nuisance. Do you know how much it costs you and your organization not to answer the phone when I call? Regardless of past experiences, if you have an immediate hiring need, you’ll want to prioritize a conversation with me. Why?
For those that don’t know, I make nearly 20,000 calls every year for my clients in order to find them the ideal candidate that fits their culture and has the skills needed to effectively improve their organizational demands. My agile recruiting process saves companies thousands of dollars annually and is the much-needed assistant to your Human Resource department that is juggling hundreds of projects.
Even with all the technological advances of the past 25 years, the phone still serves a human fundamental need to converse with one another. Business is about relationships, and relationships start with a simple and honest conversation. Let’s establish and build our relationship now, so when you have a critical hiring need, you’ll know EXACTLY who you’re gonna call.