The end of the year is approaching and I can’t shake the feeling that 2018 went by too fast. Here we are at the time of the year where we all reflect on the past year and make plans for the new. Some of us use this time to make some new year’s resolutions.
The definition of a New Year’s resolution is a tradition in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life.
For me, 2018 was a year of changes. In both my professional life and in my personal life I made choices that will make 2019 a new year with firsts for me. The resolution to go to the gym, however, has not changed and will be one I will take with me to the next year 😉.
Luckily, we can count on one thing: A new year means new chances.
Maybe you are also already reflecting on 2018, and you also feel like improving your way of recruiting in 2019. To add some inspiration, I listed some resolutions that can change your year as well!
#1. Focus on possibilities
The first resolution is to stop looking at the past. Of course, the past shapes us to who we are now. But it doesn’t really tell you anything about the abilities a person might have. So, by looking forward and testing candidates on skills rather than experience, you may be surprised by the outcome.
#2.Stop with (un)conscious Bias.. it’s so 2018
Being biased is something we all do, now it’s the time to stop (as much as we can). Every time you feel like judging without knowing the full story, halt yourself.
Don’t worry if it’s hard at the beginning, there are a lot of tools out there to help you eliminate bias. If not for yourself than maybe you can help another achieve the same goal.
#3.See beyond borders
Beyond borders can mean the literal thing, your country’s border, but you can also look at it from another perspective. In our life we tend to set borders on everything we do, the amount of time you spend working, doing stuff with friends and even what we eat.
In the recruiting business we also set borders, just think about the job descriptions we make. We limit our thinking and with that also the potential we are able to find!
#4. Be open to change
Change is difficult, people really are habitual beings. I have a very strong morning routine, and if something would go differently it can really throw me off for that morning.
According to this study it takes an average of 66 days to change a habit. That also applies to your work habits, opening up to a different way of working can sometimes be very difficult as you have always done it like that – and usually it works!
Being open to change is the first step we need to take to make our lives better than they already are.
Resolutions are always easy to make, the challenge is keeping ourselves to it. But I do feel, that even if in the middle of the year we have fallen back into old habits, it’s always good to have to realise that you have these habits and you would like to change them.
Give it some time and some resolutions will stick and the other ones we can just transfer to the next year.
Happy new (recruiting) year!