Time Management Tips for Busy Recruiters
As a busy professional – whether you’re a practice owner or a practice manager – you’ve got a lot on your plate, not the least of which is making sure that the team you’ve got in place is both qualified and fit to represent your brand. Finding the time to take a sip of coffee can be challenging, never mind sifting through the mountain of incoming resumes, scheduling interviews, narrowing down candidates and everything else that comes along with the hiring process.
If you feel as though you are constantly up against the wall, the following five tips should help get your daily schedule in order and help you optimize your time most effectively.
Work smarter, not longer.
It’s important to recognize and understand the key difference between being busy and being productive. Take some time to analyze how you spend each day to determine if you are wasting valuable time and resources on tasks that could be consolidated, delegated or eliminated altogether. Likewise, it’s important to focus on results rather than the activities it takes to achieve those results. For instance, if you have a call planned, rather than winging it – set (and follow) an agenda with a specific, desired result in mind.
Be proactive, not reactive.
If there’s anything that can derail a productive day it’s an unexpected call or email. If you are guilty of allowing these things to distract you from your daily routine, it’s time to re-evaluate your approach. It’s perfectly acceptable to let those calls go to voicemail or answer your emails at a later time, when your schedule allows. Schedule your calendar each day with what you’d like to achieve and focus on working through that list without being reactive to the many distractions around you. You might be surprised at how much you can accomplish.
Plan according to your productivity.
When are you most productive? For most people, this occurs in the first few hours of the day, although some prefer to tackle their most challenging tasks in the afternoon or evening. The key here is to identify when you are most likely to stay focused and get things done. Once you’ve figured this out, build your schedule around that. This will allow you to optimize your time so that you are most efficient and productive.
Obviously some applicants are going to be easy to eliminate, but what happens when you end up with a hefty pile of “maybes” and little time to really waste further narrowing them down? Implementing a scoring policy can help make this task more efficient and effective. Start by identifying the top skills and characteristics you are looking for. Then as you sift through resumes, qualify and prioritize them based on these factors.
Last but not least, if you’re feeling truly overwhelmed and struggling to hire staff on top of all the other hats you’re currently wearing, understand that there are other options available to you. Our turnkey system is designed to deliver the staff you need – people who are the perfect fit for your practice. Best of all, we do all the legwork for you. All you’ll have to do is interview the applicants who have made it through our rigorous, no short-cuts process… those who already qualify as ideal candidates. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
If you’re feeling tired or overworked and just can’t muster up the energy to fill that new position in your practice, don’t waste another moment worrying about the hiring process. Contact us today at 1-800-469-1871 ext. 353 and put our proven system to work for you.