With New Year resolution season upon us, it’s time to look at what you can improve upon in 2018. Sure, you don’t need an occasion for self-improvement, but it doesn’t hurt to use the new year as an opportunity for self-examination and betterment. Even if the small changes listed in this article don’t result in an instant promotion, they should offer recruiters a better peace of mind and increase workplace satisfaction over the next 12 months.
1) Start on a positive note By cutting down on complaining you’ll improve your professional reputation and when you do complain, colleagues will take you seriously.
2) Test out the candidate experience Apply for a job at your own company – and get at least three work colleagues to do the same – to ensure the process of applying for a vacant position runs as smoothly as possible.
3) Try new sourcing tactics Shake things up in 2018 by increasing your social media recruiting efforts and watching online job boards for passive candidates.
4) Increase placements No explanation needed for this one. Take a look at our guide to becoming a Modern Recruiter for hints to achieve this goal.
5) Naming rights Get better at remembering candidates’ first and last names as it’s an essential part of creating a warm and lasting candidate experience.
6) Invest in tomorrow Get a head start on finding top talent early by building an internship program.
7) Don’t take yourself too seriously Although most people would love to rise to the top in their chosen career, it’s important to lighten up. Even in stressful environments, humour serves to strengthen colleague relationships and keep collective chins up, plus you’ll also help make yourself seem approachable and upbeat.
8) Learn how to delegate and do more of it! Let someone else do some of the tasks for a change. Remember, delegation is the key to a healthy work-life balance.
9) Promotion, promotion, promotion If you want to attract new candidates to your website, you have to make self-promotion a priority; the more they know about your company’s brand, the more likely they’ll be to apply for the vacancy.
10) Learn something new This will add to your skillset and offer another area of interest to your life – a key part of achieving a healthy work-life balance and increasing your business success.
11) Join a networking group There’s nothing like talking to other recruiters for sparking new ideas, refining old ones, and making contacts. Whether it’s a group specifically designed for networking or an organisation dedicated to talent acquisition in person or over the internet, making the effort to be a part of a group will revitalise your recruiting skills.
12) Those that give, get! It’s time to give something back to your community. There are all kinds of worthy organisations that make a difference in your community, so make one of your top New Year’s resolutions to find a cause that matters to you and give what you can. Make this the year that you serve on a committee, be a volunteer or make regular donations to the groups in your community that try to make the place you live a better place.
13) Set realistic goals Goal setting is a valuable habit – if the objectives lead to success rather than distress. Ensure the goals you set are achievable, rather than unrealistic pipe dreams that are so far out of reach they only lead to frustration.
14) Devise a cunning recruitment plan Ensure you have a pre-arranged strategy that identifies the aims for a particular position and includes the recruitment announcement, recruiting timeline, advertising plan, interview schedule, assessment tools, background checks, interview plans and references.
15) Be more social Take the time to better understand your candidate base by engaging with them on social media (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Xing etc.).
16) Improve your work-life balance All work and no play is a recipe for physical and mental disaster. Remember, achieving a healthy work-life balance is like maintaining a good relationship; you have to keep working on it. But if you apply these top New Year’s resolutions throughout the year, you’ll not only feel better but have more energy to put into your work and make it the success you deserve. If you won’t invest in yourself, who will?
17) Don’t let the fear of risk hold you back Remember, nothing great can happen without risk, so embrace its power as it will give you the courage to take on the impossible.
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