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Agency recruitment careers: Recruiters' resolutions

Mon, 04 Jan 2016 | By Tara Lescott


So we’ve survived the Christmas party, we’ve said goodbye to 2015 and it’s a brilliant chance to start afresh. So what do you want 2016 to look like? Have you even thought about it yet?

There’s something completely seductive about 1 January that allows us to draw a line under the previous year and start again — but few people take advantage of this time to stop and take stock. Don’t be one of those people that blindly trudge on in their current role or company without stopping to think about whether they are happy or achieving their goals.

Take control, and be the master or mistress of your own destiny. It’s easy to re-motivate and re-energise yourself to do what you need to if you are motivated by the end result. Ask yourself this — if 2016 was a brilliant year for you, what would that look like? What would the end result be? Start there and work backwards to build yourself a route to success for 2016.

Whether your plan is business or personal or both, here are my tips for getting a great plan together for the year ahead:

1) Do a brief SWOT
A SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis of you/your business for 2016: What did you do well in 2015? What do you need to work on in 2016 to improve performance or achieve greater happiness? What opportunities are available to you, and how can you best take advantage of them? What could prevent you from doing this and how will you face these challenges?

2) Keep it simple
One thing we recruiters are great at is either not planning at all or coming up with such a complicated plan that it never gets implemented. Keep your plan simple, keep it visible (ideally at your desk) and relate it to what you actually achieve. Is it a promotion? A car? A house? Relating your actions to the desired outcome really helps you to stay on track.

3) Bite-size chunks
Break down your plan to daily and weekly bite-sized chunks and review constantly. Be prepared to change and flex your plan as you go — as long as your plan leads to the same destination, it’s ok to amend it.

4) Say it out loud
There’s something about sharing your intentions with other people that helps you to stay on track. So bring some people you trust in on your plan — make sure they are positive cheerleaders, not energy sappers.

I hope you all have an amazing year ahead — the market is strong, there are opportunities everywhere and those that work smart and hard will win.

Happy recruiting for 2016!”
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