Time is the most precious resource we have in the world of Talent Acquisition. Recruiters live and breathe urgency, but have to find the best way to juggle their responsibilities while exceeding client expectations. This means that despite the amount of administrative tasks that pile up for full life cycle recruiters, metrics and goals still must be met, and a superb candidate experience still must be delivered. It may seem impossible, but great recruiters know how to master time management to stay ahead of the competition and impress their clients.
The foundations of time management are quite simple, but if not followed, they have the power to ruin your workweek. Some key concepts of schedule efficiency include planning ahead, scheduling your work, making lists and prioritization. Here at People Science, we use the Eisenhower Decision Matrix for management and production strategy. Developed by the 34th president of the U.S. and decorated military hero Dwight D. Eisenhower – certainly no slouch in getting things done – this model enables you to separate your actions based on four possibilities:
- Urgent and Important
- Important, but Not Urgent
- Urgent, but Not Important
- Neither Urgent, Nor Important
You may be asking yourself what exactly is the difference between urgent and important? Urgent tasks are those that require your immediate attention: emails, phone calls, news stories, etc. Important tasks are those that contribute to the big picture or overall mission: long term business strategy, networking, competition research, etc.
At People Science, we love to use the matrix because it provides consistency throughout our decision-making process. The premise is quite simple: some tasks are urgent, and some are not. If you divide your tasks, you can make better use of your time, and concentrate on what really matters.
Especially in recruitment, time is our most valuable resource. We cannot store it, save it or borrow it – once it’s gone, it’s gone. When we recognize and appreciate the importance of it, manage it and maximize it, then we can genuinely say that our time has been well spent.
By Daniel East | People Science Team Lead