For those who don’t know me, I’m a mum to two school aged children, a Director /Owner of a HR/Recruitment Consultancy, blogger, avid reader and internet nut. I’m busy (Aren’t we all! Is this the manic age?)
My husband works shifts. He gets up at 5am and leaves the house and me to get the kids up, fed, pack lunched, co-ordinated and off on the school run.
Now, my youngest doesn’t stir until 6:45am (My oldest needs removing with a crow bar) and so theoretically I could get up with my husband and use that hour and 45mins. The time management experts point out that this equates to an extra day a week. A whole day to myself! I could write posts, read my RSS feeds, emails, sort CVs, strategically schedule tweets and so much more…
And yet, I don’t. With the entire bed to myself, I turn over, stretch out and snooze for the full duration. Never once in three years has my toe ever touched the bedroom carpet!
Now I’m a morning person, I do my best work before lunch. I should be able to do this. Yet reclaiming this time is very much how I imagine land reclamation to be – slow, painful and against mother-nature. The story of King Canute springs to mind as he tries to push back the waves, for me, impossible.
The name of my Recruitment business: ‘Mcginnis Loy’ was inspired by an Alan Loy Mcginnis quote:
“Focus on your potential and not your limitations”
I aspire to this every day. I try to hold it close to my heart as I interview and assess applications. Yet I also realise that you need to at least recognise what your limitations are.
I won’t get up at 5am unless the house is on fire. I need to acknowledge that, stop beating myself up and move on.
Today I unfortunately rejected 74 CVs in a row. It’s not big or clever. It made me depressed. You see all of those 74 were completely irrelevant for the role/s they had applied for.
They were missing vital pieces of the requirement which was specified on the advert. The ‘essential criteria’ completely ignored. Some were so far removed that it is probable that they just applied for everything they saw. I know they are going to be receiving lots of rejections and I’m just adding another onto the pile.
I wondered what the impact those rejections would have. How it would affect the rest of their search.
Focus on your strengths and dare to dream and aspire. Just don’t set yourself up to fail. Know the limitations of what is being asked of you.
P.S thanks to my husband, who after a full shift then picks the kids up and gets the dinner. Go team Cooper!
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Sarah Cooper has over 14 years Recruitment experience gained in both an internal and agency environment. As one of the founding Directors of McGinnis Loy Ltd, specialist Finance and HR Recruiters, she is still actively recruiting in the marketplace today. Follow her tweets @approachmarket