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  string(3151) "In recruitment, the next few weeks can be some of the most fulfilling of the year. This is the time to relax a little and reflect on the year that has gone. To take your clients for a coffee, lunch, or something a little stronger to toast the end of a year of business together and to further cement your relationship for the year ahead – a great opportunity for all involved.

This is not the time, however, to end up in any of the following situations:
  1. Overindulging on the vino over lunch and ending up in a karaoke bar with your client until 4am – No one needs to hear you yelping to Madonna whilst standing on a table gyrating (we have all been there).
  2. Overindulging on the vino over lunch and divulging some serious personal information – What feels like camaraderie after a few wines is normally a cringe fest in the cold harsh light of day.
  3. Overindulging on the vino over lunch, whilst everyone else is stone cold sober. Slurring your way through the rest of lunch, then stumbling off back to the office to sit drowsily at your desk before waking up the next day in cold sweats wondering what you said. You will be filled with regret.
Basically, do not, under any circumstances, allow the line to be blurred from a professional business catch up, to the type of behaviour that you would normally only allow with your friends on the weekend (and the odd Thursday night). No matter how close you are to your clients and contacts, at the end of the day they need to rely on you, trust your judgement and know that you have their best business interests at heart. You need to be reliable, professional and focused to ensure they trust in the work that you do. It’s imperative that you get on well of course, but whenever either of you need to deliver honest or bad news it needs to be very clear that there is going to be no further agenda, or that you don’t have to worry about how things will be perceived. Now don’t get me wrong, I have strong relationships with my clients. I know their wives/husbands names, I know how old their kids are, I know their hobbies and interests. But I don’t know what they look like after a five hour bender, I don’t know their relationship woes, and I certainly don’t know what they look like dancing on a table top screaming to Britney while downing tequila shots. I don’t want to know. Call me old fashioned, but I believe it is my integrity that keeps me successful in this job, not my schmoozing of clients over too much wine, gossip and relationships built on the insecurity of knowing each others’ secrets and feeling we now owe each other to make up for ‘that night out before Christmas’. Plus, you can never really regain your dignity if you get too carried away, and reputations travel far and wide in this city. Make sure success is based on your ability to do your job, and not your ability to weep on your client after downing 2 bottles of chardy." ["post_title"]=> string(61) "When The Line Between Personal & Professional Becomes Blurred" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(189) "No matter how close you are to your clients and contacts, at the end of the day they need to rely on you, trust your judgement and know that you have their best business interests at heart." ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(66) "when-the-line-between-personal-professional-becomes-blurred-part-2" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2017-06-07 14:48:37" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2017-06-07 04:48:37" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(40) "http://staging.coxpurtell.com.au/?p=1657" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" }

In recruitment, the next few weeks can be some of the most fulfilling of the year. This is the time to relax a little and reflect on the year that has gone. To take your clients for a coffee, lunch, or something a little stronger to toast the end of a year of business together and to further cement your relationship for the year ahead – a great opportunity for all involved.

This is not the time, however, to end up in any of the following situations:

  1. Overindulging on the vino over lunch and ending up in a karaoke bar with your client until 4am – No one needs to hear you yelping to Madonna whilst standing on a table gyrating (we have all been there).
  2. Overindulging on the vino over lunch and divulging some serious personal information – What feels like camaraderie after a few wines is normally a cringe fest in the cold harsh light of day.
  3. Overindulging on the vino over lunch, whilst everyone else is stone cold sober. Slurring your way through the rest of lunch, then stumbling off back to the office to sit drowsily at your desk before waking up the next day in cold sweats wondering what you said. You will be filled with regret.

Basically, do not, under any circumstances, allow the line to be blurred from a professional business catch up, to the type of behaviour that you would normally only allow with your friends on the weekend (and the odd Thursday night).

No matter how close you are to your clients and contacts, at the end of the day they need to rely on you, trust your judgement and know that you have their best business interests at heart.

You need to be reliable, professional and focused to ensure they trust in the work that you do. It’s imperative that you get on well of course, but whenever either of you need to deliver honest or bad news it needs to be very clear that there is going to be no further agenda, or that you don’t have to worry about how things will be perceived.

Now don’t get me wrong, I have strong relationships with my clients. I know their wives/husbands names, I know how old their kids are, I know their hobbies and interests. But I don’t know what they look like after a five hour bender, I don’t know their relationship woes, and I certainly don’t know what they look like dancing on a table top screaming to Britney while downing tequila shots. I don’t want to know.

Call me old fashioned, but I believe it is my integrity that keeps me successful in this job, not my schmoozing of clients over too much wine, gossip and relationships built on the insecurity of knowing each others’ secrets and feeling we now owe each other to make up for ‘that night out before Christmas’.

Plus, you can never really regain your dignity if you get too carried away, and reputations travel far and wide in this city.

Make sure success is based on your ability to do your job, and not your ability to weep on your client after downing 2 bottles of chardy.

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