How Well Do You Manage Your Time?

Time flies. We’ve all heard the saying a million times.

Sure, there are those days when the hands of the clock seem to be moving at a snail’s pace, but they are few and far between. And when we look back, the weeks, months and years seem to pass faster than the one before.

Time is perhaps the one commodity everyone wishes they had more of, yet it is also the one thing in our lives that we will not ever be able to change. So we must make do with what we have been given.

When it comes to finding success in your work day, time management is more important than many realize. If we can’t add more hours to our day, it is important to tweak the way we work to make the most of the hours we’re given.

These time management tips will help you achieve productivity in your workday while still feeling calm and collected.

Find out where you’re wasting time.

Every day, we’re bombarded by distractions. Our smart phones, filled with endless texts, emails, social media outlets, news stories and games, are practically attached to our hands. If we’re not careful, we can find ourselves down the rabbit hole of our Facebook newsfeed or answering emails, and before we know it, an hour has passed.

Spend one day taking note of what each minute of your day looks like. How many times did reach for your phone? How often did you check your email? How much time did you spend perusing useless social media sites? You can’t come up with a solution when you don’t know the problem. Once you know where your time is being wasted, implement a solution.

Take breaks to keep your focus.

It might sound counterproductive, but the attention span of the human brain is not a long time. Especially these days when we are so used to immediate gratification, our brains work harder to stay on task. And just like us, they need a break to rest every now and again.

Download the tools Focus Booster on your computer. This will allow you to set a timer for 50 minutes (or whatever interval you decide is best for you). Once that 50-minute mark is up, take a 10-minute break away from your desk. Repeat this when you can throughout the day.

Put away your phone.

I’ll say it again. Our smart phones these days are practically attached to our hands, and we’ll usually find ourselves coming up with excuses for why we need to check our phones every five minutes, but in reality, they are one of our biggest time wasters.

Put your phone on silent in your desk drawer, and make it a rule that you can only check it when you take your hourly breaks away from your desk.

Set aside time for meals.

While most workdays only include lunch, making time for all meals is important. In the mornings, wake up 15 minutes earlier to give you time to sit down and eat a healthy breakfast. It doesn’t have to be a meal fit for a king, but even those extra few minutes to relax with a piece of toast, glass of orange juice and cup of coffee can get your day started off in a calm and collected manner.

At work, take a 30-minute lunch and don’t eat it at your desk. Whether you bring it outside, eat it in the cafeteria, or go out with a coworker, try to keep work out of the conversation to give your body and mind a chance to refuel.

With these time management tips, making it home in time for dinner with the family should be no problem.

Find a routine that works and stick to it.

Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Cultivating a daily practice is a necessary prerequisite to achieving your goals.

Remember your time belongs to you. Don’t let distractions take control of you. Take control of your time, your day and you will accomplish all that you set out to.

2nd Annual Strategic Day Away

Last year, RSG partnered with our friends at Pascoe Workforce Solutions to host a Strategic Day Away, an all-day training conference complete with knowledgeable guest speakers, team-building exercises, and in-depth round-table discussions. It was such a successful day that we decided to make it an annual event, and so a few weeks back, we hosted our 2nd Annual Strategic Day Away.

It was a wonderful day of learning with new and old faces. One of our guest speakers was the dynamic Gail Audibert of Audibert Associates who took her morning off to offer her career expertise to us. We’d like to extend our warmest gratitude to her for sharing her time with us!

After a long but great day of learning, we ended with some friendly bowling and a delicious dinner. Thank you to all for coming! We are looking forward to next year!

                  

         

Celebrating Five Years

What has been the most rewarding part of running Rigsby Search Group for the past five years?

Recruiting is such a rewarding career in general; we’re literally changing a person’s life. As far as running a business, the most rewarding part has been building it all from scratch and watching it become what it is today. Before I started RSG, I was an environmental recruiter for 19 years, and when I left my old company behind, I had to slowly build RSG from the ground up. Now, five years later, we’ve built a successful team, created this truly wonderful company, and we continue to help people day in and day out. Seeing it all come to fruition is the most rewarding part.

What has been the biggest obstacle that RSG has had to overcome?

Finding talented individuals to help us grow. I want our company to continue to expand and flourish, and I think finding talented individuals to help us grow has been the toughest part of running a company. I recently hired a business coach to help show me how to truly hit my full potential as a leader for my team.

What has been the best lesson that you’ve learned since starting RSG?

To learn from your mistakes. There’s always a lesson to be found. Everyone will make mistakes, but it’s important to take responsibility for them and move on.

What does your vision for the future of RSG look like?

I see us growing tremendously so that we can help more people. RSG will have a national team one day, I assure you. I know the only way to achieve this goal is to keep seeking out people that are smarter than me, bringing them on, and building a strong team. I think this is what leadership is all about. I want our brand to be synonymous with excellence. A few other plans I have for the future include starting a civil engineering group and a construction remediation group. Overall, I just want to continue to help people grow. I’m excited for what the future holds for RSG. I know it will be outstanding.

How To Make Better Hiring Decisions

hiring-processHiring can be stressful. You may not be the one in the hot seat going on interview after interview, but there is just as much pressure that hiring authorities feel as the candidates they are interviewing.

We get it. Your company needs you to make the right decision in order for it to grow and continue to succeed. Your workers need you to make the right decision in order for them to be satisfied and happy in their work environment. If you make the wrong decision when it comes to hiring, it can affect many. A company is like a well-oiled machine. All parts need to be working properly, and each failure can have lasting effects.

We’re here to help. Over the years, we’ve learned some of the most important things to take into consideration when going through the hiring process.

  1. Consider your current team. Your people should always be a priority for you, and the hiring process is no different. They should be just as much a part of it as you are. Obviously, you want to make everyone happy, and while that is not always possible, be sure to take into consideration the company atmosphere and work ethic. If you are at all questioning whether or not a candidate will fit in, address that concern. If there are certain people that the candidate will be working with on a daily basis, make sure they get a chance to meet the candidate as well. It’s important that your current team feels like you thought of them through the process.
  2. Hire the most talented and accomplished person, not the best resume. It can be easy to judge a book by its cover, or, in this case, a candidate by their resume. Try not to get caught up in the details. When interviewing, ask about past accomplishments and achievements. Talk with the candidate about those experiences, learn about how they used their skills in real-life situations. A resume speaks volumes, but not as much as the candidate that it represents. The best people to hire are not necessarily the brilliant ones, but the ones who can get the work done well and have a proven track record of doing so.
  3. Follow a process. You create a job posting, advertise it, and the resumes start to flood in. It can get overwhelming trying to sift through all the potential candidates. This is where a third-party recruiting firm can come in to simplify the process for you. By letting a recruiter market the job and seek out qualified candidates, much of the pressure is taken off of your shoulders. Recruiters also have a wide network and they can find you rockstar candidates that may not necessarily be scouring job sites because, well, they have a job. This means they are good at what they do and would probably be a great person to have on your team. By following a process laid out by an experienced recruiter, the entire experience will be easier, organized, and stress-free.

Do you have any tried and true methods that you’ve followed in a successful hiring process? We’d love to know! Tweet us at @RigsbySearch.

The Best Piece of Professional Advice I Ever Received

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Real-world career advice holds tremendous value, no matter who it is coming from. There is no teacher like that of experience.

As firm believers in constant learning from the people around us, we asked our staff what the best piece of professional advice they ever received was. The answers include great tips for your career and maybe even real life, too.

“Always look for ways to improve.” Tiffany Schifley, Operations Manager

“If you notice something wrong with your work or if you’ve made a mistake, take a deep breath and try to solve the problem. Come up with 2 to 3 solutions to fix it before bringing it to the attention of others.”

“Be present.” Sean Rigsby, Managing Partner and Senior Executive Recruiter

“My old boss used to say ‘When you’re here, be here; when you’re not, don’t be here.’ It’s advice that has stuck with me and I’ve always tried to follow throughout my 20 + year career.”

“Be kind.” Michael Kaufman, Environmental Recruiter

“Treat everyone with kindness, and always be professional first. It can a long way.”

“Go beyond your comfort zone.” Sarah Wheeler, Head of Marketing and Research

“At the edge of your comfort zone is where you’ll find success. Never be afraid to be wrong, and never be afraid to step outside the box. You’ll never regret it.”

What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? Share it with us on social media by tagging Rigsby Search Group (on Facebook or Twitter). We’ll share it with our followers and help to begin a chain of helpful tips!

How to Clean Up Your Online Presence

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These days, everyone who is anyone is online. The big virtual space that we know as the World Wide Web is so deeply embedded into our daily culture and routine that nearly everything we do can somehow be related to the Internet. So it’s only natural that when it comes to career building and job seeking, your online presence will play a role. Chances are, if you discovered a job posting online and applied there, more than likely, when that hiring authority receives your resume, they will type your name into Google, Facebook or LinkedIn and do their own research. The last thing you want is for that to hurt your chances at landing a position you really wanted.

Cleaning up your online presence is something that should be done every so often. Here’s a few methods that may help streamline the process.

  • Make it a monthly goal. Pick a date, whether it be the first of the month or the very last day, and mark it in your calendar for the remainder of the calendar year.
  • Regulate every post. Always keep the thought in the back of your mind that your coworkers and potential future hiring managers may one day see what you are posting. Ask yourself how you would feel if you saw the same photograph or article on another coworker’s profile. What thoughts would immediately come to mind?
  • Enhance your privacy settings. Before sharing that photo on Facebook, choose the audience that you want to see it. During your monthly cleanup sessions, double check your account privacy settings for each of your social media accounts to make sure they are the way you want them to be.
  • Don’t be fooled. Privacy settings are great, but don’t let them fool you into thinking that you are safe to post anything. Proceed with caution knowing that what you post, can, in some way or another, be seen by anyone. Anything is possible in the incredibly interconnected world of social media.

Networking is important, don’t get us wrong! Who you know can sometimes be just as important as what you know. We are big believers in social media and the power that it holds to connect us all. We’re telling you to go for it, network like crazy, but monitoring your online presence and regulating the content which you are sharing with the world is very important in preserving your identity.

Tried & True Daily Habits to Get on the Path to Success

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In some way, shape or form, our daily lives are all a part of our path to success, no matter what that is defined as. Whether it be to meet a sales goal or to start a business, to buy a house or to travel the world, it’s human nature to set goals and want to achieve them.

Society today drives us harder than ever before. In our constantly connected world, it can be even more difficult to find the focus to achieve our goals. It takes discipline, passion, commitment and a burning desire to succeed.

If your view of success is anything like ours, these five tried and true daily habits will help you to stay on the path to reaching your goals.

Plan your day.

Take five minutes at the end of the day to create an action plan for tomorrow. Start by making two lists: one of your high priority projects and another of your meetings and other commitments. Next, combine the two to create a schedule. Sitting down to work the following morning will feel less dreadful when you have a plan already in place.

Shut down distractions.

We live in a very connected world, one in which it can be difficult to not constantly feel like we’re being pulled in five different directions. Make it a habit to put your phone on silent, only check emails once an hour at a designated time, and block social media sites during scheduled work hours (Cold Turkey is a great tool for this).

Though less obvious, but perhaps even more important, don’t get distracted by other people’s journeys. It is important to realize that your journey is unique. You cannot compare another’s success to yours.

Stay in the know.

Begin your mornings browsing through your industry news. Grab your cup of coffee and bookmark a few well-known websites that are relevant within your industry. It never hurts to stay on top of what is happening, and you never know when that knowledge can come in handy.

Network.

This makes for a nice midday break. Spend 15 minutes before or after lunch networking on LinkedIn or writing an email to an old colleague. Connections are so important; you always want to be maintaining old ones and building new ones. This goes for face-to-face networking as well. Attend a seminar, join a group, or grab coffee with a co-worker. Aim for once a week face-to-face networking, and you’ll never be happier you did.

Make health a priority.

Your health and well-being affect every area of your life. Make time for workouts, pack a healthy lunch, drink plenty of water throughout the day, and get enough sleep. A workaholic is far less productive than a smart worker. YOU are a priority, so be sure to prioritize YOU.

Success is a big deal, no matter what kind of success you are seeking. It’s important to remember that, without all the little days in between, you wouldn’t be able to achieve the big picture, so make the most of them.

What daily habits help keep you on track to reaching your goals? Tweet us @RigsbySearch!

How to Craft an Interview Thank You Note

thank-youThank you notes may seem like a silly formality of the past, something that Mom forced you to do as a kid following birthdays and holidays. But, per usual, Mom was right. That tedious task of handwriting note after note is a vital mannerism in the professional world today, and job interviews are no exception.

Still, most candidates do not send a thank you note, which makes the ones that do really stand out. Not only is the practice of sending a thank you note a professional courtesy, but it also serves to remind the hiring authority of your name, which can be especially helpful when some time has passed or when many candidates are interviewing. The hiring authority has a lot on his or her mind, and your thank you note will serve as a kind reminder that behind the position titles and job descriptions are people, one in the same.

So, the next time you return home from a job interview, take a few minutes to sit down and draft a thank you note. The sooner, the better, which leads us to our first piece of advice.

Timing is everything

Write and mail your note within the first 24 hours. Not only will your punctual timing impress the hiring authority, but the things discussed in your interview will be fresh in your mind.

Don’t leave anyone out

If you interviewed with more than one person, make sure to send an individual thank you note to each one of them, and don’t forget to double check their name!

Send a letter even if you didn’t get the job

If you somehow already know you did not land the job in the immediately hours after your interview, send a thank you note out anyway. You never know what connections might be made.

Proofread

This goes without saying. Any spelling or grammar mistakes would just be embarrassing and could do more harm than good.

Say thank you twice

Along with your handwritten thank you note, it is important to also send an email Immediately following the interview.

What to include

Use this opportunity to highlight anything that you wish you had said in the interview. If you forgot to mention a certain experience related to the job, now is the time to include it. It is also important to reemphasize any skills and qualities that the employer liked about you and that would be vital to the position.

Keep it short and sweet

Everyone is busy, so you’re better off not writing a multiple page thank you letter to your prospective employer. There is no need to encompass your whole meeting in the thank you note. Keep it simple: kind, gracious and to the point. A good way to close is to reiterate your interest.

Include your contact information

Put your phone number and email address right there underneath your name. You don’t want a hiring authority to have to jump through hoops to try to get in touch with you.

Spring Cleaning Your Workspace

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If you’re like us, this time of year is one of our favorites. The warmer days, the blooming flowers, the longer hours of daylight – for these reasons and many more, the season of spring offers a healthy overdose of rejuvenation and endless potential. Everything is coming alive again, making it the perfect time to wipe the slate clean and start fresh in many areas of life.

This year, we’re taking spring cleaning to the office. You know that feeling of accomplishment that floods over after cleaning out the junk drawer at home or dropping off a couple bags of clothes to Goodwill? Well, we believe that feeling of achievement can be felt in other areas of life as well.

Since most of us spend the majority of our week at work, whether in our home office or in a downtown city building, this area of our lives should not be neglected when it comes to spring cleaning.

Here’s a step-by-step process to refreshing your workspace.

1. Clean your physical workspace. Does your desk look like a tornado hit? Do you have piles of paperwork you’ve pushed off to the side in the hopes that one day you’ll find the time to look through it all? Well, that day has come.

First, go through everything and toss (recycle if you can!) what you do not need. You’ll be amazed at how much space this will free up. Then, sort the remaining into separate piles, and file it away in the appropriate place. If are a sticky note happy person (no judgments here; we are too!), it’s time to take them down. Open a Word doc on your computer and put each note into one list, save it to your desktop, and then say goodbye to your beloved sticky notes.

Once your desk is cleared of the clutter, it’s time to pull out the dust rag and wipe everything down – the surface of your desk, computer, printer, stapler, you name it. Sitting down to a fresh, clean and de-cluttered workspace will feel GREAT.

2. Go through your email. Though our email mailbox is not a physical space, a cluttered inbox can weigh on our minds. Create a few folders in your email account that cover the main categories of most of your email correspondences (ie. family, medical, work, etc.). Next, go through the messages that cannot be trashed and file them under the appropriate category. The best way to keep on top of this is to organize your inbox daily. Whenever you check your email, trash what you don’t need and file what you do – all it takes is one click of the mouse and you’ll never fall behind.

3. Run a scan on your computer. It’s probably been months, maybe even longer, since you’ve cleaned your computer. Not only could this be slowing down your work flow, but it can leave you feeling overwhelmed with the amount of unorganized files that you have. Which leads us to step 4…

4. Go through your files. This may seem like a large task, but it’ll be worth it in the end, and, if done properly, you’ll be finished in no time. Start by deleting the items you no longer need. Again, you’ll be surprised at how much this can be! Begin by opening your folders – Documents, Pictures, and Downloads are the most used ones. For PC users, press and hold Control and click away. (For Mac users, press and hold Command). Once you’ve selected all you want to delete, simply right click and say goodbye.

Next, organize your files. If you have random items in your Downloads folder that can be categorized in your Documents or Pictures, go for it! Again, though this isn’t a physical space, but if left messy and unorganized, it can become frustrating when searching for a particular file.

That’s it! Four easy steps to freshening up your workspace, no matter where you work from. Now grab those dust rags, block off an hour, and get down and dirty.

Why Partnering With a Search Firm Could Land You Your Dream Job

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Did you wake up this morning with work on your mind? Did the idea of it seem daunting and exhausting? Did it ultimately make you want to pull the blankets back over your head and smack your alarm clock quiet? We know those feelings, and while we all have these days, as it’s perfectly natural to go through ebbs and flows, these dreaded thoughts shouldn’t be every day.

You think to yourself that maybe it’s time for a change, but where do you begin? You haven’t been actively seeking a job in many years, and everything that you thought you knew about the job market has changed. That’s where a search firm comes in. By building a relationship with an expert search firm, you can save time, money and loads of stress.

To say we’ve seen our fair share of hesitant candidates would be an understatement. As recruiters, we are rejected often. But the reason we continue to work hard at our jobs day in and day out is because we know we can help. When it comes to recruiting, there is no better feeling that helping a candidate take that next big step in their career.

So, if you feel like you’re ready to take that leap, don’t be afraid to turn to a search firm. Here’s why.

We’re on top of industry happenings.

As a part of our job, we must keep up with industry news. Every morning, we comb through the best and brightest websites in our industry so that we are aware of every newsworthy happening that is taking place in the environmental world.

We know where your market value is.

Gone are the late night hours of filling out applications and writing cover letters for positions which are ultimately not the right fit for you. At RSG, we have a combined recruiting experience of over 50 years. That’s a lot! One look at your resume and we know what jobs match well with your experience and skill set. The same goes for our clients, the companies that hire us to fill open positions. We have been working with many of our clients for years now. We understand their company culture and would only ever present them with a candidate that would be a perfect fit. This saves time for both parties.

Networking is what we do.

Staying connected is a huge part of our job. Day in and day out, it’s what we do. We spend our day speaking with environmental professionals across the country from every level of our industry. We do this so you don’t have to. Because of our networking connections, we can find the best jobs for you.

We can offer career guidance.

If you are a follower of our website and social media accounts (which you should be!), you know that we are constantly offering new career advice. We share articles, tips and tricks from the brightest minds in the industry. And we write our own, like this one! Resumes are second nature to us, and we’ve coached more interviewees than we can count. So when it comes to professional development, we are a wealth of knowledge just waiting to be tapped into.

We will be your Jerry Maguire.

Another words, we will be your sports agent and your cheerleader, in your corner from day one. Not only does our success depend on your success, but the satisfaction we get from helping you find your dream job is bar none. We will rally behind you and won’t leave until you are where you want to be.