5 ways to achieve a better work/life balance

Many recruiters believe that achieving a balanced work/life is an impossible feat.

Conventional wisdom would have you believe that, if you are a recruiter, you are expected to work hard around the clock and spend very little time on your social life.

However,  with the rise of flexible working hours in the corporate world, there are now ways to help recruiters avoid working twelve hours a day inside the office walls….

1.  Flexible working hours

Recruiters are better able to control their day if they work in organisations that promote flexible work hours or remote working. For instance, if you worked twelve hours on Monday, you can take a half day off on Tuesday or start late and finish early.

This flexibility will give you time to catch up on things you miss out on such as going to the gym, a shopping trip, quality time with your loved ones, or simply catching up with friends. Remember, just because you are not working every day does not mean you are not working hard.

2. Decide a time for office meetings

Recruiters often function alone, which is not always beneficial. With your head running in a dozen different directions, it’s good to get together with other recruiters or experts in your sector, whether that’s for interviews, client meetings or to increase your reach at a networking event. Making the time to be out and about away from your desk can be a positive change as long as it’s productive.

The rest of the time you can dedicate to meetings outside the office or for your personal errands.

3. Make the most of technology

Thanks to advancements in technology, achieving a good work-life balance is very possible. Technology has introduced many new opportunities for recruiters that were not there before. With cloud technology, you can work from any location in the world.

Even if you are travelling, you can stay connected to your work. From emails to databases / CRM and social media, everything can now be accessed online, giving you flexibility so that you don’t have to be in the office 12 hours a day.

You also have unlimited options for video conferencing such as Skype and FaceTime which you can use for instant communication with your office colleagues, candidates and clients. In fact, a lot of interviews and meetings regularly involve some sort of video call.

4. Look for the company offering the most benefits

Employers know recruitment is a competitive industry. Hence, they are now offering max perks to their recruiters. Settle for the one that gives you great benefits such as good commission, holiday plan and flexible working hours or the opportunity to work remotely when necessary.

5. Work as an independent recruiter

If you feel suffocated in your current organisation or feel that you need more time for yourself, then the good news is that the industry is now changing. Recruiters are now realising if you want to increase your earnings you need to take a bigger chunk of what you bill and not be capped by a maximum percentage in commission or hindered by thresholds.

Many are now switching to being independent recruiters and starting their own recruitment businesses. This does not only give them the opportunity to manage their day as per their own schedule but if their business takes off then they also make a lot more money.

If you want a better work/life balance, find out about the flexitime working for Exec Recruit Group by contacting Louise Laurie at louise.laurie@execrecruitgroup.com or call 0333 2412433.

Could becoming your own recruitment boss change your life?

If you are getting tired of working for an organisation or you feel suffocated by the corporate culture or the strict 9 to 5 or 8 to 6 routine, it may be time to consider working for yourself.

If you are an experienced recruiter and feel you have what it takes, but you’re not quite sure if self-employment is right for you, here are some reasons why becoming a freelance recruiter or starting your own recruitment firm could be the best decision you’ll ever make…

No more answering to bosses

Once you start independently, the only person you would have to answer to is you. Starting your own business is never going to be easy but with hard work and determination, it can be extremely rewarding and financially very lucrative. You will constantly self-analyse your actions and strive to be better until you become successful.

Make a much as you want

The more effort you put in the more successful you will become and the knock-on effect of that is more invoices out of the door. If you work smart and hard what used to take 3 months to earn can take you 3 weeks as you won’t be hindered by only taking 15 or 20% of what you bill. It’s really in your hands how much you can earn and the sky is the limit!

Free yourself from the office walls

As an independent recruiter, you can work from anywhere you like — from the beach, at a coffee shop, in a park while watching your kids play. The restriction to commute to your office every day and to stay there for a fixed number of hours will be a thing of the past now.

It would be beneficial for you to create a small space for yourself – a room, a small desk area, or shared office space. Sometimes, having a dedicated office space can help you get moving and getting things done, can separate personal and professional, giving you a much clearer divide between work and home.

Make your own schedule

You will no longer have to work around your office hours – now you make your own schedule and change it whenever you like it. Do you like mornings? Start early. Don’t like mornings? Start later. Can’t work during daytime as you have family or other commitments? Do your work at night? You can do things as per your own preference.

You can schedule your work around candidates and clients, around calls and meetings, making it easier to manage your time and giving you much more flexibility. It also means you are more productive with your time and you’re not just sat at your desk performing tasks because your KPI’s tell you to.

If you want to work for yourself, find out about our recruitment franchises by contacting Louise Laurie at louise.laurie@execrecruitgroup.com or call 0333 2412433.