Four Questions You Should Ask When Trying To Beat Procrastination

Everyone wants productivity, but it seems that it’s an unattainable purple unicorn. Fortunately, you can boost your productivity by keeping procrastination at bay. Below are four questions you should ask yourself to help squash procrastination.procrastination_excuses

  1. Where am I right now? One of the chief causes of procrastination is that you may sometimes forget where you are. Lost in your thoughts about yesterday or tomorrow, you may lose sight of the fact that you’re at work, in a meeting, or running errands for your business. Reminding yourself that you’re at a location designed for work (i.e. your office) can help you avoid procrastination.
  2. What will I gain from completing these tasks? By identifying how you benefit from not procrastinating, you help your mine tap into the parts of your brain that respond to rewards. For example, if you will make more money by making cold calls, you’re more likely to do them.
  3. When have I successfully completed a similar task? Remind yourself that you were rewarded for completing a similar task recently. For example, in the case of cold calling, maybe you created a new relationship with a hiring manager and were tasked with filling a job order that bought in much needed revenue.
  4. What is distracting me now? By identifying what is distracting you and preventing you from completing your tasks, you can take action to remove the distractions. For example, if you’re mentally going over a list of things you have to do later, creating a list of those things could get them off your mind. Or, if you’re distracted by the cat videos on the internet, you can close your internet browser to avoid the temptation to watch them.

If you’re suffering from the procrastination blues, asking the right questions will help you refocus your mind on the important tasks you must complete.

How To Salvage An Interview That’s Gone Terribly Wrong

It can happen to even the best of us, you walk into an interview, make a bad first impression, and just can’t seem to regain your footing. Fortunately there’s a way that you can salvage almost any interview, even one that’s gone terribly wrong. Let’s take a closer look:80408025

  1. Be sincere. If you know the interview is going south and you think the interviewers share your sentiment, say something. There’s no sense in pretending an interview is going well when everyone in the room knows that’s simply not the truth. Instead of ignoring the issue, tackle it head on. Mention the “elephant” in the room—that thing that got you off to a bad start. For example, if you bad mouthed a former employer and you can sense that it put off your interviewers, bring it up. If you can, take back what you said or apologize for not showing more professionalism. Your sincerity will go a long way in getting you back on course.
  2. Don’t grovel. Even if you made a huge mistake like showing up an hour late or bad mouthing a former employer, don’t overdo your apology. Simply state that you made a mistake, ask for forgiveness, and move on. Even if your interviewers seem only slightly swayed by your apology, doing more won’t help your cause. A matter of fact over-apologizing can make you seem guilty and desperate.
  3. Let your good side shine. All of us are flawed, so it’s only natural that you will inevitably show one of your flaws in an interview. Instead of seeping in embarrassment and worry, let your good side shine bright. For example, if you have a habit of showing up late, you might try to show off your thorough knowledge of the industry by discussing the firm’s past accomplishments and goals and how they fit into the wider industry trends and changes.

Even if you completely bomb in an interview, you can always use the above mentioned tips in your follow-up.

Recruiter Corner: Four Cold Call Myths Debunked

Cold calling is a powerful tool for legal recruiters building their business, but despite its value there are still a lot of myths about cold calling. Let’s debunk four cold calling myths that could be hurting your business.

  1. Cold calling is dead. Since the rise of social media, many legal recruiters have come to view cold calling as a thing of the past.cold-call-frosty-telephone-booth But the truth is that social media hasn’t replaced cold calling, it has only augmented it—offering another way to reach out to prospects. Used correctly, social media can help you make a cold call warm or help you follow-up with prospects.
  2. Cold calling is all about the numbers. While there’s some truth in the belief that the more calls you make the more likely you’ll get the clients you want, the other side of the coin is that calls must be to vetted prospects. Before you pick up the phone, you must be sure that the person you’re calling is a good match for your business.
  3. Cold calling annoys hiring managers. If you’ve done your homework and vetted your prospects before calling, a cold call just might be welcomed. Someone who is looking to expand their firm and hire new people will be grateful that you picked up the phone. Your cold call might save a hiring manager time by eliminating the need to search for a recruiter.
  4. Gatekeepers are you enemies. Many legal recruiters view gatekeepers as obstacles in the way of their goal, but that’s simply not true. Gatekeepers are there to help you get what you want, but it’s up to you to help them understand that you’re someone that will benefit their boss.

Don’t let cold calling myths lock you out of opportunity, be sure to keep cold calling as a part of your business toolkit.

Four Things Job Seekers Should Know About Recruiters

Many job seekers work with recruiters, but few understand them. Unfortunately, lack of understanding coupled with unrealistic expectations is a recipe for disaster. Below are four things every job seeker should know about recruiters.Recruiter-230x180

  1. Recruiters work for employers. It’s true that recruiters value top talent, but at the end of the day they still report to the employers and hiring managers who’ve tasked them with filling a job order. With this in mind, each job seeker should look out for their own interests and consider the recruiters perspective when making requests for their time and energy.
  2. Good recruiters vet job candidates. If you’re tempted to fudge the truth on your resume—don’t. The best recruiters thoroughly vet job seekers before they forward their resume to an employer. If you’re found to have lied on your resume you could find yourself locked out of future opportunities.
  3. Recruiters get paid via fees from the employer. This fact is important for a few reasons, 1) if you’re working with a recruiter working with just one at a time will reduce the chance of fee disputes, and 2) you should let your recruiter know to which employers you’ve already sent your resume.
  4. Recruiters have working relationships with certain employers. If you’re trying to get a job at a particular law firm, it’s best to do your research. Many firms work with the same set of recruiters repeatedly. This means that connecting to the right recruiters can offer you a pipeline of job opportunities at the law firms you prefer.

Understanding how recruiters work will help you create a productive relationship with your next legal recruiter.

Recruiter Corner: How To Deal With Rude People

The recruiting process can be stressful, but that doesn’t mean hiring managers, job seekers, and others have the right to abuse you. If you’ve been in the recruiting business for any length of time, then you’ve probably dealt with your fair share of rude people. Below are a few tips on how legal recruiters can handle those people and still get the job done.ID-10089831

  1. Don’t take it personally. It’s important to realize that rude behavior from others, even from a hiring manager who’s hired you to source for their job order, is never personal. And internalizing rude behavior causes stress, depression, and is bad for your overall mental health and self-esteem.
  2. Keep your cool. Never allow the rude behavior of another person to dictate your emotional response. To do this you must create psychological distance from the behavior and remind yourself that it’s not personal even if the rude person thinks it is.
  3. Set boundaries. You are not required to tolerate rude behavior from anyone. And it’s important that you calmly and professionally let the rude person know that. If you’re being treated rudely let the other person know that you will need to end the conversation if they don’t change their behavior.
  4. Enforce your boundaries. If the rude person continues with their behavior, you must enforce your boundaries. The best response to the rude person who won’t change his behavior is to remove yourself from his presence. If you’re on a telephone call, hang up. If you’re at a face-to-face meeting, leave the room. By enforcing your boundaries you send a clear message to the rude individual.

Get the respect you deserve by handling rude people the right way.

How To Turn Negative Feedback Into A Win-Win Situation

0x600No one wants to get negative feedback from a supervisor, especially if they’re a new hire. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to turn negative feedback into a win-win situation for you and your firm.

  1. Get perspective. Remember, negative or critical feedback isn’t about punishment. It’s about letting you know how you’re failing to live up to the employer’s expectations. Getting that information is important because it empowers you to make productive changes to the way you approach your job.
  2. Decompress before responding. If possible, it’s better to wait before responding to negative feedback. Give yourself at least 24 hours to think about the feedback you received before you give a reaction. Remember, it’s natural to feel defensive or even angry when receiving negative feedback, but giving an angry reaction could harm your relationship with your boss.
  3. Ask for suggestions. As part of your response, ask your supervisor to give suggestions on how you can improve your performance. Don’t let them get away with giving vague answers. If they’re not specific, make sure you make it clear that you can’t really improve if you don’t know what they’re looking for in your performance.
  4. Get a timeline for a second review. Once you get suggestions on how you should improve your performance, you should get a date for a second review. This follow-up review should be done no later than the halfway point between your official evaluation and your next official evaluation. This way you’ll know if you’re on the right track for your performance long before your next evaluation.

Don’t let negative feedback get you down, take the right steps to make it work in your favor.

Recruiter Corner: Five Tips For Beating Procrastination

Even for the most motivated and skilled recruiters, procrastination is often a problem. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to keep procrastination at bay. Let’s take a look at a few tips:beat_procrastination

  1. Keep a schedule. For the more free-spirited amongst us, keeping a schedule can feel like mental shackles. However, the opposite is often true. Since a well scheduled day gives each task its own time slot, it can prevent you from falling into the procrastination trap.
  2. Start with the most difficult. Beginning your day with the most difficult tasks leverages your energy efficiently. You can focus on the hard stuff first when you’re most energetic and then make your way to the easier tasks later in the day when you’ll probably have less energy.
  3. Do one thing at a time. Having a lot of things on your plate can feel overwhelming. That’s why you should never multi-task. Focus on one task at a time and break larger tasks into smaller parts. Remember, the only way to “eat an elephant” is one bite at a time.
  4. Create deadlines. By giving yourself a set time to finish a project, you create positive pressure.       This pressure to meet a deadline will give you the motivation you need to stay on task and avoid procrastination.
  5. Let go of perfection. If you’re a highly skilled legal recruiter, it’s only natural that you want to do your best. However, doing your best and being perfect are two different things. Let go of perfection because it is impossible to attain. Instead of perfection, embrace excellence.

If you want to up your productivity and your value as a recruiter, make it a point to beat procrastination every day.

Four Core Management Skills Every Attorney Needs

The stereotype that lawyers are terrible managers is something that successful attorneys work to disprove. If you want to excel in your law career, you’ll need at least four core management skills no matter what level you’re at.

Motivate Others

Attorneys who can inspire and motivate others are the rainmakers and influencers of the industry. Inspirational attorneys help keep morale up amongst colleagues and they have enough vision to push through difficult cases and help others along the journey.

Integrity

Despite the need of every attorney to sometimes play rough with their opponents, it’s important that you always display a high level of integrity. Remember, people won’t follow or trust someone who is seems as dishonest or deceptive.

Solves Problems

Just like the rest of the business world, law firms face problems. Attorneys who can offer solutions to those problems will always be the first hired and the last fired. Problem solvers are difficult to come by so employers are willing to offer them the best positions and compensation.

Results Oriented

The number one management skill every attorney needs is the ability to produce measurable results in themselves and others. You must have the ability to set long-term goals and then move a team to complete those goals effectively.

If you want to ensure yourself a lucrative and long career as an attorney aim to shore up as many core management skills as possible.

Recruiter Corner: Four Ways To Make Candidates and Clients Loyal To Your Business

Loyalty is never given away for free. If you want candidates that send high quality colleagues your way and employers who choose you to recruit for their most precious job openings, you’ll need to earn their loyalty. Below are four tips for making candidates and clients loyal to your recruiting business.20131122-get-more-out-of-existing-customers-2

  1. Be real and genuine. While you may feel inundated with emails and social media messages, it’s important that you give respect to each candidate and employer you interact with. How you interact with your clients and candidates will play a big part in whether or not they come back in the future or refer business your way.
  2. Be useful. The number one way to be useful to employers and candidates is to always cater your services to their real needs—not the needs you want them to have but the needs they really have. In order to know what those needs are, you’ll need to keep an open line of communication asking them about their goals and challenges.
  3. Be transparent. There’s nothing about your process that should be a mystery to the people you’re doing business with. Transparency and honesty is one of the cornerstones of getting loyal candidates and clients. And whatever you do, never stretch the truth or lie to candidates or employers, once they find out the truth that will be the end of any trust you’ve built with them.
  4. Keep your word. The old cliché—underpromise and overdeliver is incredibly important when building relationships that foster loyalty. Make sure that you always do what you say you’re going to do, and if you think you’ll fall short, communicate the fact immediately.

One of the keys to becoming a successful recruiter is building loyalty in the people you do business with, so make it a top priority.

Five Ways To Boost Your Self-Confidence Before An Interview

internship-interviewIt’s natural to be a little nervous before a job interview, but too much nervousness can hurt your chances of getting hired. Below are a few tips on how to boost your self-confidence before your next interview and get the job you want.

  1. Step up your grooming routine. Before your next interview, have your hair cut and styled, your clothes freshly laundered and pressed, and make sure your personal appearance and hygiene are top notch. By pampering yourself you will instantly improve your self-image.
  2. Dress in good quality clothes. Even if you’re strapped for cash, make sure you invest in a high quality business suit you can wear to interviews. Dressing in the finest clothes will help you feel and look more confident.
  3. Know your stuff. Before going on your next interview, prepare thoroughly—research the company, investigate the interviewers, and know your own work history, skills, and experience by heart. Nothing boosts confidence more than the ability to confidently discuss the company and your professional life with an interviewer.
  4. Read industry news. Go the extra mile by catching up on industry news, events, and trends. Even if you don’t delve too deeply into industry talk, your ability to “talk shop” will give you the confidence to go into your next interview with your head held high.
  5. Eat healthy and exercise. Go for a light walk and eat a healthy meal before going on your next interview. Fueling and caring for your body will help give you the boost of confidence you need.

If you want to leave a good first impression at your next interview, make sure you enter the room with confidence.