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Archive for tips for new managers

Feedback is the food of improvement for recruitment managers

Feedback is vitalIt’s a long time since I blogged; well over a month, if not two and it occurred to me how quickly the time has gone and how I hadn’t really noticed it fly by.

How easy it is to get absorbed in something else you are doing and not to pay attention to something. If that happened without me noticing I then asked myself – who and what else suffers in this way?

Well, the resolution, the diet, the exercise, the phoning of the mother regularly, the cleaning of the house, the keeping in touch with a friend who is struggling….the list is pretty much endless.

And, probably, feedback and time with your people. Read More→

The things you were good at as a recruiter can also help you be a good recruitment manager

transferable skillsI promised to talk about transferable skills in my first blog for new managers and how to make the most of them. Here’s the thing:

  1. Managing other recruiters is completely different from managing your desk or sector.
  2. You need to ditch many of the attitudes and behaviours that made you a successful recruiter.
  3. Lots of the skills that you use as a recruiter you can transfer straight over to your management role (the good news).

Let’s focus on the positives; Read More→

Why recruitment managers need to be ‘firm, fair and friendly’

firm, fair and friendly3 top tips for new recruitment managers – part two

‘How should I behave?’ is a question most managers want to know when they take up their new role. Generally they only have their own previous managers to rely on to answer this question.

This will either have good or disastrous consequences!

Clearly you could write a book in answer to the question of how should a manager behave and many people have done so. However, as you start any new job you do need a simple, clear framework in which to operate.

Firm, fair and friendly does just that. Whilst it does have its slightly patronising edge so long as it is applied in an adult-adult way it works really well.

How do you apply it? Read on…

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Do you want to be a recruitment manager in 2013?

The new recruitment manager - photo by MrB-MMXYou’re currently a successful recruiter; on top of your candidates and clients and known in your field for your expertise in your sector. You want to develop your career.

What are your options?

The obvious next move frequently feels like a move to managing a team of other recruiters. But wait, before you do that just think about what that means and if that’s what you really want. Most recruitment consultancies these days have other choices in terms of career development so managing people is by no means the only option.

As managing people is almost the polar opposite to being a recruiter you’ll need to change much of what you both currently do and how you think.

Take this quiz to find out if you’re up for that ? (Links to a page with instructions to download a PDF)

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