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  string(2625) "This is a monkey on my back.

monkey

This picture was taken a couple of weeks ago on my honeymoon at the Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Bali (which is an amazing place to visit if you get the chance). Interestingly, only a fortnight prior to this I had the metaphorical monkey on back..

For those not in recruitment, the phase ‘Monkey off your back’ essentially means making your first placement, and for recruiters in a new job they attack this with the zeal of a northern hemisphere team looking (and often failing) for a win in the rugby world cup.

There are a couple of things wrong with this approach:

Firstly, this tunnel vision often leads to noticeable drop in the quality of service you get from a recruiter.

Secondly where is the long term strategy? It’s all very well to place your first candidate, but what about your second, third or fourth? What system are you implementing to ensure your provide a first class service to your candidate who is taking time out of their day to meet you and your client who has selected you from an abundance of competitors to source a position for them?

After a couple of false starts my first placement happed on the last day before I left for my marriage and honeymoon. This was obviously a major life event, and because I was preoccupied with ensuring THAT day would go smoothly, my first placement happened because I wasn’t obsessively focusing on it. I simply wanted to provide a professional service to my client and candidate in my last week.

Generally speaking there is no denying that starting a new job can be an overwhelming time in anyone’s life. I recommend that during the first few weeks you simply calm down and take stock. Exercise any feedback you’ve had from your managers.

If you haven’t had that conversation, ensure sure you have one. Chances are that everything is going well and your new company is enjoying having you there. Never underestimate that your boss has probably turned down a number of people to hire you, and for good reason.

Or you could take a leaf out of my simian friend’s book and simply eat a banana and Netflix."
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This is a monkey on my back.

monkey

This picture was taken a couple of weeks ago on my honeymoon at the Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Bali (which is an amazing place to visit if you get the chance). Interestingly, only a fortnight prior to this I had the metaphorical monkey on back..

For those not in recruitment, the phase ‘Monkey off your back’ essentially means making your first placement, and for recruiters in a new job they attack this with the zeal of a northern hemisphere team looking (and often failing) for a win in the rugby world cup.

There are a couple of things wrong with this approach:

Firstly, this tunnel vision often leads to noticeable drop in the quality of service you get from a recruiter.

Secondly where is the long term strategy? It’s all very well to place your first candidate, but what about your second, third or fourth? What system are you implementing to ensure your provide a first class service to your candidate who is taking time out of their day to meet you and your client who has selected you from an abundance of competitors to source a position for them?

After a couple of false starts my first placement happed on the last day before I left for my marriage and honeymoon. This was obviously a major life event, and because I was preoccupied with ensuring THAT day would go smoothly, my first placement happened because I wasn’t obsessively focusing on it. I simply wanted to provide a professional service to my client and candidate in my last week.

Generally speaking there is no denying that starting a new job can be an overwhelming time in anyone’s life. I recommend that during the first few weeks you simply calm down and take stock. Exercise any feedback you’ve had from your managers.

If you haven’t had that conversation, ensure sure you have one. Chances are that everything is going well and your new company is enjoying having you there. Never underestimate that your boss has probably turned down a number of people to hire you, and for good reason.

Or you could take a leaf out of my simian friend’s book and simply eat a banana and Netflix.

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