Career goals, business goals, and good old life goals are on most peoples minds at the moment.
As I sit writing this post, my Christmas shopping is done! (I know I am Mrs Organisation sometimes) and I am spending time planning the path for GSR2R next year and what we want to achieve.
I have always been the same too.
Over the years I have seen the many benefits of deciding what you want and then taking the necessary steps to make it happen.
Planning and the power of focus are critical skills for any recruiter, yet It’s is not uncommon to find many consultants without a plan for what they want in their life?
You know a game plan for their life and career? So what is your game plan?
Did you fall into recruitment after uni and are now wondering how you map out your future moving forward?
We live in a competitive world, though luckily recruitment is a growing market and though A.I. is threatening to take over, it’s unlikely to remove all the roles on the planet, is it!
However, you can’t leave your life to chance you need a plan that you can work to based on what you want.
Why Planning Your Career Works?
Well if you don’t have a goal to head towards you will go off track and end up going where the current might take you; I have never yet seen this strategy end well for a recruiter.
Let me share my planning process. When I sit down and plan I look at two key areas.
Short and Long-Term Planning
The short-term for me is the next six months to a year. It could be the same for you. I find working in 90-day sprints incredibly useful.
Here are some examples of short-term goals to stimulate your thinking.
It might be what billings you want to make. Perhaps how far you can take a new desk.
Maybe to make consistent placements month on month in a new vertical or how many new clients you can add to your pipeline.
Ideally, this is all activities you can deliver on fast which will skyrocket your billings.
Long-term might be becoming a senior recruiter or getting a billing manager role.
If you are serious about moving your recruiting career, it makes sense to study the ‘recruiter’ game plan in detail. Analyse the progression steps you need to go through to hit your goal.
That might be to eventually become a recruitment manager with a big player. Anything is possible if you have a vision you focus on.
A coach friend of mine teaches a process that involves deciding on your compelling future, and what success looks like then looking back and deciding what has to happen next.
You need to have that compelling future. In other words, start with the end in mind. You can then look back and identify all the steps you will need to take – this is exactly what I did when I had the dream of creating GSR2R.
Work out how many steps it might take you. Think through each step and how it will help you develop yourself. This can be gaining experience in a particular market, learning people management skills, understanding business growth – you know the type of thing.
Then work out how you will make each step. This might be moving department or branch or moving to a different company altogether. If you are in a small agency, you are unlikely to get the opportunity to become a billing manager, which is a huge experience gap if you want to then go on to be a director of own your agency.
Now here is the thing; you can have anything you want. Many people don’t dream big and as a result, end up being underwhelmed by what they achieve. When I started in recruitment, I had a dream to have my successful rec to rec agency in London. It took planning and focus and here we are with a great team who have placed hundreds of recruiters.
So what is your dream? You know what comes next; start planning.
Until next time,