Rules for Recruiters

I’m just emerging from a particularly lengthy session of clearing out my emails after my holiday break. I have to say I was a bit nervous about turning the computer back on. It was lovely to be away (we went to Wales). I had fun with the family, took in lots of fresh air and probably put on a stone from all the good food and excellent beer. But after a while it has to come to an end.


Well, I’ve got to earn a living for a start. There aren’t many people I know who can earn a living sitting around in their pants.

I hate to say it, but I actually missed a bit of routine. Perhaps I’m getting old.

When I was younger I loathed any form of routine. I got bored easily and was too much of a buzz-junkie to ‘knuckle down’. It’s a consistent theme through my school reports and university feedback.

However, the older I get the more I see the benefit in a bit of routine. For me, it’s the clear way to chart what gets done. And after all, recruitment is about productive activity. Don’t get me wrong,. it’s not always like that. Some days the day just happens and it controls me (as opposed to the other way round). But overall, if I have a plan for the day, it tends to give me an idea of what I have achieved. That in turn usually leads to something productive!

Secondly, it’s lists. I love lists. I like scoring stuff out when I’ve done it. I also like the fact that I don’t have to remember too much either (because I’m getting older). I can prioritise what needs to be done, and even remember stuff I’d forgotten about. Stick it all on the list. Lovely.

So all you need to do is have a plan for the day (Admin, Marketing, interviews, lunch, marketing/interviews, tea/hobnobs, Admin) and a lovely list of what needs doing and you’ll have a wonderful, productive day.

And when you have successfully achieved the day I have just described above, please can you email me and let me know how you did it, because life is what happens if you make plans. And it rarely goes to plan!


Alex Babic

Been recruiting for nearly 20 years covering international and domestic markets. Outside of work I enjoy (trying to) keep fit, cooking for the Family and taking our ebullient black Labrador for long walks. Also got a side interest in motorcycling.

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