Lunchtimes are golden – take one!

So, did you take a proper lunch break today? Yesterday? Anytime in the last week? The depressing thing is that most people who work in offices in the 21st century just do not take time for lunch. It is a very sad indictment on the way we work and live. In Britain, according to the Telegraph newspaper, the average worker takes only a 34-minute lunch break, and for many, those 34 minutes are just scrolling through Facebook while eating at their desk.

Compare that with the Germans (who are by far more productive per hour than the average British worker) where an hour and a half is not unheard of, many employers still have a canteen where people actually sit down to eat together. That beats cat videos on Facebook.

Personally, I did the same until the power and miracle of a lunch hour were shown to me. Once I started working for myself and started taking lunch breaks (thanks to my partner making me) everything changed when it came down to the lunch hour. So what are the benefits of taking a lunch break away from your desk?

Social interaction with colleagues build bonds that help in the day-to-day team working of the business. It de-stresses and gives perspective by getting your mind on other things. Allowing your subconscious to do the rest. It is suitable for health – getting out of the office or going for a walk instead of sitting is right for you and will promote well being.

It invigorates your working as you are fresher for the afternoon. No carb crash – as you are not checking in a Boots meal deal into you month as quickly as possible before getting back to the phone you will not get the mid-afternoon carb crash as you will have eaten mindfully, slowly and probably less. So when it is your next lunch break, take it.   

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Stop wasting hours on social media with this recruitment hack

We Tweet.

We Facebook.

We Instagram.

So do you. However, you need to save time.

Use Hootsuite or Buffer. Both are excellent pieces of software that allow you to promote your content, jobs, and views across multiple platforms way into the future. It also means that you will have all your social media in one place, saving on login on time and on getting distracted by kitten photos.

 Ensure that you only use and select the Right channels for you. Linked In, Facebook, and Twitter is the three best. Instagram is interesting. However, you will need to look at and think about what you want out of your social media and select channels from there.

 Dedicated just 60 ministers a week on a Monday morning to posting stories, news, blog posts and jobs. The rest of the week you should focus on core recruitment tasks.

 However, do post new jobs each morning.

 If using Buffer, install the buffer chrome extension. It saves a massive amount of time. As you can auto post news stories, jobs and articles in 30 seconds.

 Always remember a telephone call still beats social media, but with a big enough audience, you will get enough phone calls.

 Remember to have called to action for clients or candidates. Ensure they are in the 1 to 5 ratio of calls to action versus useful content and jobs.

 Include Twitter, linked and Facebook links in your signature.

 Ensure that you have consistently branded all of your profiles across all platforms.

Social media is about giving, so share, share and share great content and articles for your audience.  

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Have a daily plan to make your days like the ayatolla of rock ‘n’ rolla

“A schedule defends from whim and chaos. It is the net for catching days” Anne Dillard.

Anne was an insightful person. How many times have you rocked up to work and worked very, very hard but seemed to get nothing done? You were busy, busy, busy but in reality, you were a busy fool.

This is where a schedule can step in and make all the difference. Now for every person, a program can be very different. If you work on an industrial temps desk you may, need to be in the office earlier compared with say a permanent consultant, however. A schedule should have three things. – Set times each day or week for essential tasks. Time set aside for admin and a level of flexibility within each timeslot.

Below we have outlined what we think is a great schedule.

8 am 10 am – Non-sales time – Tasks Review the daily plan, respond and clear your inbox, review new candidates, search current openings, candidate registration meetings, 15 minutes purposeful reading, return urgent client calls, clear any admin, go to client visits.

10 am to 12midday – SALES TIME – Business Development Calls, Lead chasing calls, Interview feedback. 12midday to 2 pm – Non-Sales Time – Submit candidate CV’s, clear inbox to inbox zero, call candidates with job offers, feedback, and updates, organise interviews,

HAVE LUNCH AWAY FROM DESK

2 pm to 5 pm – SALE TIME – Client calls, Business Development Calls, Chase up CV’s, follow up on leads, etc.

5 pm – 6:30 pm – Approach calls to candidates, update calls to candidates, inbox zero and plan tomorrow.   

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Chrome plugins are excellent!

Chrome is great. It is by far the best internet browser on the market. It is just lovely. It has all the great Google Search facilities. But one of its most neglected features, especially by recruiters, is the Chrome plugins that you can download via the Google marketplace.

Normally for free. Some of these plugins are an absolute godsend and huge time savers. What I would suggest is that you get on there, have a look, and go out there and find out what’s out there. These are some of the ones that I use: Zoho Recruitment, Zoho CRM, Buffer, Hunter.io, and Grammarly.

They are great and can be found at https://gsuite.google.com/marketplace/

They save me time. They save me effort. And with just a click of a button, you can do so many things.

So get in there, start exploring, and you’ll find a whole treasure trove of things that are interesting. Remember Chrome is the best browser with great plugins. WooHoo!

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Do not attend meetings without an agenda

 No Agenda, No Meeting Have you ever been in a meeting and it felt like a total waste of time. We have all been there, the meeting where Keith from Accounts mutters on for ages, Jenny from Marketing talks and talks and talks and talks and after 90 minutes another session is booked in the diary without anything being accomplished.

It is a total waste of life and could be the time that you had spent on prospective clients.

As Dave Barry once described meetings as: “Meetings are an addictive, highly self-indulgent activity that corporations and other large organisations habitually engage in only because they cannot actually masturbate.”

Which, is a tad rude. However, he really does capture the sentiment behind all the wasted times in meetings. So what is a great way to ensure that you only have meetings that are really productive?

Ensure that every meeting has an agenda. Now, within some organisations, this will be harder to accomplish than others, but quite simply, decline any conference that does not have a plan.

That way you will avoid those meetings that are destined to be time wasters. If you cannot prevent the meeting due to this excuse merely create the agenda. That way you will look professional and will keep the meeting on track. All schedules should only have three points.

I’ve covered this in another life hack about why you should never have a meeting without an agenda. Now, in this one, we will talk about why every schedule should only have three points.

That’s all you need. Three points. The three points are the problem, the discussion of the solutions, and then the decision on the resolution and who is accountable.

So essentially three points.

What is the problem?

What are the potential solutions?

What is the decision?

Who will implement?

So it’s a problem, it’s the solution, it’s the decision.

That way, you go in with a formulated problem that everyone’s got to discuss, you come up together with a solution, and then you make the decision on which solution is best and who is accountable.

That way, you get an efficient meeting and actually you’re there to talk about moving things forward instead of just having a conversation.

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