Recruiters get quite a bad wrap at times. Some of them can be annoying. Some of them can be too passive. Some can be walked all over and some just can’t even be bothered to do the job. But a recruiter is worth their weight in gold if they do their job properly and appropriately. But what is the best way to do this?

Now I am not pertaining to be the best recruiter around and I completely understand that I will continue developing as a recruiter even until the end of my career (I’m in this for the long haul). But over my time in recruitment, I have learned a few things to help in being the best I can be. The key part of being a recruiter is PLANNING! This is how I plan my typical days.

8:00 am – 9:00 am (Checking Emails, Applications, and News)

Go through any emails that have appeared in my inbox overnight as well as look into any applications that have come through for jobs I’m working. I will also spend 15-20 mins going through the latest news to “Keep my finger on the pulse” per se.

9:00 am – 11:00 am (Business Development Call Session)

Call session in which I will have made a list of clients to call. I will start with my “Needed calls” which are ones I would be making to people I am currently looking to get feedback for CV’s from for example. The list would also contain people I haven’t spoken to for a while to keep in touch and qualify any needs they have.

11:00 am – 12:00 am (Collating notes and adding jobs qualified to the database)

Put notes from call session on the database where I would add jobs I qualified and notes on when to call people back as agreed with them if they have no current needs which would later be included in “Needed Calls” on another date.

12:00 am – 13:00 pm (Advert writing and posting)

Writing adverts for any jobs I qualified ready to post on job boards and our website as well as posting it on LinkedIn for my network to see.

13:00pm – 14:00pm (Lunch)

14:00 pm – 15:00 pm (Create call lists for afternoon call session)

Create lists of candidates for jobs I am working for a later call session.

15:00pm – 16:00pm (Candidate call session)

Resourcing call session in order to source candidates for jobs I currently have on. Candidates being called will have been pre-determined from the hour previous in which I created lists.

16:00 pm – 17:30 pm (Formatting and Sending CV’s)

This is where I would go over the CV’s of people who are interested in any roles and ensure the information is correct and it is formatted in the correct way that is our company standard. Once this has been determined, CV’s will be sent to corresponding hiring managers.

Typically, this is how I would plan every day of my week. Of course, things can change and you can run over/ under time but ultimately, sticking to this as much as possible is a sure-fire way that I have found to have success in the recruitment sector in which I work.

If you feel that you would like to work with a structured recruiter who takes care in what he does, please do get in touch on 0207 340 9007 or by email at

I specialise in the Civil Sector strictly for white-collar professionals

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