I really hate cell phones, especially when I am driving
behind someone who cant drive anyway but
they have a cell in one hand and another on
the wheel. My only positive thought is that
they are getting driving instructions on the
cell or someone is telling them to get off the
road before they kill someone.
However in spite of my own personal views here are
some excellent pointers by Gary Stauble for
recruiters on using a cell phone as a recruiting tool.
Do you give out your cell phone number to clients and
candidates? If so, how do you create boundaries between work time and personal
time? Here are two ideas:
Even cell phone haters will like this
1. Get a Skype in number from www.skype.com and forward this number to
your cell. This is the only cell number you ever give to clients.
2. On your business (landline) voicemail, let people know that for an emergency, they
can try to reach you on your business cell number (by saying its your business cell
it implies that it may be turned off after hours). Use your skype-in number on your
voicemail for this purpose (rather than your actual cell number).
This allows you to ignore incoming calls on your landline during an outgoing calling
block as people will have been notified (via your voicemail) that they can call your cell
if theres something time-sensitive they need to speak to you about.
3. When youre off duty simply program the skype-in number to point to your business
landline. Have an alternate message on your business landline that does not refer people
to your cell when youre off duty. This allows your cell to be totally work-free
when you decide and at the same time gives clients the feeling that youre available to
them much of the time.