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6 Spring Cleaning Tips for More Organized Hiring

6 Spring Cleaning Tips for More Organized Hiring

The weather is warm, the flowers are beginning to bloom, the pollen is out in full force, and the birds are chirping. Spring is in the air, which means one thing: time to get cleaning! According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend an average of 70 hours cleaning their homes each year. But what about your hiring process?

Don’t leave all the cleaning for the homestead. Your office and your hiring process probably need just as much spring cleaning as your garage or grout. So this spring, as the weather heats up, it might be time to re-organize your hiring processes so you end up with the coolest new employees.

Evaluate Your Hiring Needs

The first step to better, more organized hiring is to evaluate where you currently are with your hiring process. It’s time to ask yourself some important questions, and don’t pull any punches with your answers. For instance:

  • Where is the company heading? Where will you be by next spring?
  • What personality attributes, experience, and skills do you need to look for in potential employees?
  • What have been your biggest hiring mistakes? What can you learn from them?
  • What are the major inefficiencies of your current hiring process?
  • What’s great about your company culture? What isn’t?

Once you’ve answered these tough questions, you’ll be in a better position to see where your current hiring process stands. After all, you won’t know what changes need to be implemented until you’re familiar with the challenges and problem areas of your current situation.

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Spring Clean Your Job Descriptions

Hopefully you now have a better sense of your company’s big picture hiring challenges, which means it’s time to focus. And what better place to start than the place all your applicants do, with the job description?

The job description is the entryway into the world of your company, the position, and your organization culture in general. Make sure your job descriptions include keywords your ideal candidate will be searching for, so the right people stumble upon your jobs.

Great job descriptions will be more than just a listing of relevant skills and experience needed. Great descriptions will give candidates a good idea of what life is like at your company and why they should be excited to work for you. Be tailored and specific in the description of the job function, but don’t be afraid to share the flavor of your company culture.

Cut Out The Hiring Clutter

Spring cleaning is all about getting rid of what you no longer need. So look critically at what is bogging down and cluttering your current hiring process. Here’s one thing you can ditch: the phone screen. Phone screens are inefficient and time-consuming. On average, they take about 30 minutes, yet most seasoned hiring managers will know within the first 90 seconds if a candidate is all wrong for the position.

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In the phrase “out with the old and in with the new” you’re not just getting rid of something, you’re embracing new innovations. If you replace the old school phone interview with a video interview, you can save yourself precious time and embrace new technology.

In a one-way video interview, candidates answer the written questions submitted by employers on video. If you get a few seconds into a video answer and know the candidate is all wrong for the job, there’s no problem. Now you can skip the other 29 minutes on the phone and proceed directly to the next candidate.

File It Away

Now that you’ve decluttered your hiring process, it’s time to declutter your physical surroundings as well. Your hiring process should be just as lean and efficient as your surroundings. It’s hard to concentrate in chaos, after all, so don’t just throw another resume on top of your overflowing pile.

Divide your important papers into subsections, create files for each, and put these files in a place you can easily access. Consider using a color code system so you can quickly and intuitively determine where important information should be housed. This way, in six months you’re not desperately trying to read your own cramped handwriting on a label.

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Clean Your Desk

Get ready to feel gross: the average office desk has approximately 10 billion bacteria living on the surface. Think that’s bad? The average desk actually has 100 times more bacteria than a kitchen table and — this is where things get really bad– 400 times more than the average toilet seat. Eww!

Make sure to thoroughly scrub your desk and then set up a schedule to disinfect your space regularly. Nothing sets back productivity more than time out due to illness or losing concentration due to ill health. Fight those germs by keeping your office space bacteria-free.

Don’t Rely on Your Memory

Our memories aren’t half as good as we think they are. Instead of relying on your noggin to remember whether you sent a candidate an interview invitation or an email response, set up automatic reminders. Most email systems and applicant management systems will allow you to set up a task list or even push reminder notifications to your mobile phone.

This spring, while the flowers are blooming, it’s time to give your hiring process a brand new start. Follow these easy organization tips, and you’ll find the best people more efficiently than ever before.

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What are some ways you plan to spring clean your hiring process? Share in the comments!

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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