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Control yourself

By Recruitment
Control yourself. 

Back from an incredible honeymoon in Italy and Greece, where every detail was planned by a travel agent. We completely let go, trusted that we were in good hands and embraced the adventure, fully present in our little bubble.

Back to Australia, and reality hit. Four kids under six, work calling and the demands of everyday life flooding back.

I felt out of control with no routine and having had a month off I found myself clutching at straws to regain some kind of control or significance in order to feel myself again.

Everything at Hunty HQ ran so smoothly whilst I was away. We have a phenomenal team and it sounds like madness which it was but I felt as though I was no longer needed (I know, every business owner’s dream, ha) my baby had grown up and didn’t want to cuddle dad any longer

So what did I do? I made every mistake in the book. Trying to regain control, I rushed back into things, seeking updates on everything and everyone, trying to sneak my way back into projects etc.

My communication was totally off, and I managed to rub people the wrong way.

It took weeks of reflection and one sleepless night to realise my misstep. Control wasn’t about being all over every aspect of my business, clients, or family—it was an inside job. I needed to regain control of myself.

I could feel myself spiralling but at least I had the awareness of what was going on.

Through developing healthy habits like getting my diet back on track, cutting back on the wine (we gave it a good nudge, one waiter told us that in Italy water is only good for rust), meditating, correcting my thoughts, getting back to the gym and being disciplined again, I found my balance.

As soon as I let go of trying to control everything except myself and instead took ownership , everything fell into place effortlessly without me doing a thing.

It’s funny how controlling just ourselves can in turn bring about a feeling of control and stability in every aspect of our lives.

I relaxed, slowly got back into the swing of things and calmly got my head and heart back in the game.

I wanted to be authentic here and give you a window into some of the ups and downs we all go through.

Im guessing that I’m not alone in this experience.

Control starts within. By controlling what we can, the only thing – ourselves, we can then relax and allow things to unfold the way they should.

A bit of sweat is good for the soul

By Recruitment

A bit of sweat is good for the soul.

A little story about what really gets me going.

I was in the Sauna a couple of weeks ago and sat down in my budgie smugglers.

Terrifying, I know.

The guy next to me says ” Hey are you Mr Huntsman?”

“Your business helped me get a job when I first moved to Australia from Iraq – thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.”

He kept tapping his heart with his hand whilst saying this.

“This job has changed my family’s life, I am very grateful, I love it here”.

At this stage in my career, I am somewhat removed from the day-to-day recruiting, however, hearing things like this just hit home to me the value of what we do and the impact we can have.

The tapping of the heart and the genuine emotion he showed made me super proud of our team and what we have accomplished.

It’s easy to take things for granted and this guy brought me back home again.

I was considering giving him a cuddle but thought this might have been a bit too much considering where we were.

Now, the question is. Is it ok for a grown man in his budgies to shed a tear in the Sauna?

Change your perception, change your life

By Recruitment, Work Life Balance
Change your perception, change your life. 

Sunday run rumination’s…

As a Recruiter, I might be shooting myself in the foot here, ha.

Part of our business model is based around people being unhappy in their role and wanting a change.

People who are unhappy, quickly make a change of roles.

They get super excited for a few months and then , bam, they loathe going to work and are back on the hunt again.

Sometimes the problem isn’t the business, it isn’t your manager, it isn’t the culture, it isn’t your role, it’s your perception and the way you are thinking.

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes it is all of the above but often people change roles too quickly without any introspection and take the same old issues across to a new role and company.

In life, people think that the the next thing is going to make them happy, content, joyful etc.

It’s simply not the case.

The new car soon becomes old, the new house soon seems too small, the new relationship soon becomes stale and the list goes on.

They are all distractions and will not make you happy.

Unless of course your mindset is aligned to these through gratitude and not for lack or for want or need.

What you’re really wanting is to be content within yourself, to feel excitement, to feel love, to feel joy.

These are all an inside job and nothing outside of you will provide a solution.

Before you look to up and leave your current role, ask yourself: how am I contributing to this situation? How can I change my thought patterns around this? How can I make the most of what’s in front of me and be grateful? What did I love when I first started?

I guarantee you it was your mindset when you first started. You were excited, full of potential and passion feeling pumped and then over time you let that feeling go.

The feeling is still there, all you need to do is uncover it again.

Change your mindset and your state and watch things fall into place again.

Start now.

Journal, meditate, run, swim, wake up earlier, jump in a sauna or ice bath, whatever floats your boat.

If you try and try again and it’s still not for you, then give me a call and let’s see what we can do for you.

Business is tough – Go easy!

By Recruitment
Business is tough – go easy!

I’ve been a d*%k once or twice in the past.

I know, hard to believe, hey

I used to have a “know-it-all” mentality and didn’t hesitate to outwardly criticise the decisions made by my bosses.

To all of them, I offer my sincere apologies.

Looking back, I realise how much of an idiot I was taking the mickey out of most of the decisions made, shaking my head thinking I could always do it better.

Owning a business comes with the burden of making tough decisions every day, and it’s impossible to please everyone.

The amount of time and thought that goes into each decision is huge, but employees often fail to recognise this.

They only see the final decision, like the tip of the iceberg, without understanding the underlying complexities and sleepless nights that business owners go through to make that call.

If I had the chance to do things differently, I would treat their position with more respect and empathy, putting myself in their shoes.

Running a business is an incredibly demanding journey, so let’s all try to be understanding and supportive of business owners.

If you can’t empathise, then refrain from complaining or dragging other staff into negativity.

From my experience speaking with hundreds of business owners and managers, I’ve learned that people with this negative mindset seek allies and can subtly draw others into their pessimism.

Be mindful of this.

Mental Health in the Workplace

By Recruitment

Mental Health in Australia

Almost half of the Australian population are estimated to experience a mental disorder in their lifetime. Of these mental health disorders, depression and anxiety are the most common.

How does mental health affect the employer?

Happiness – there are loads of studies to back up that happier employees are more productive and do better work.

Staff retainment – happier, engaged staff are less likely to look elsewhere. Your staff retainment and staff attraction will grow as your employee’s happiness does.

Leave – happier staff are less likely to take sick leave, decreasing the cost of illness in the business.

How to improve mental health in the workplace

Talk about mental health – the more you talk about mental health, the more likely your employees will feel comfortable doing the same.

R U OK? – Earlier this month, we had the official R U OK? Day. Check-in with your team more often than this day. Regularly asking “are you okay?” Is a simple way to make a huge impact.

Promote healthy wellbeing – from supplying discounted or free gym memberships, time off for counselling or creating mental health programs, there are so many ways to support mental health in your workplace.

The bottom line is, happier, healthier employees are more likely to be productive, engaged and loyal to your business. What do you do to support your team?

Resigning is never easy

By Recruitment

Resigning is never easy.

The way you resign from a job can impact your future career and relationships, so it’s important to resign in a way that doesn’t damage your career, reputation or personal brand.

What to do:

Provide as much notice as possible. Most likely your employer will appreciate any additional notice.

Resign to your direct manager, where possible.

Have a letter ready to go outlining your intention to resign, the reasoning, date of departure and thank them for the opportunity to have worked there. Keep it brief and to the point.

During your notice period, complete all projects and tasks to the best of your ability, go above and beyond by writing a solid handover for your manager.

Where possible, assist in training your replacement, don’t put a negative spin on things, they are excited about their new role – keep it that way.

Buy them a gift, thanking them for the time they put into yourself, remember, this once was the job of your dreams.

What not to do:

Don’t be negative about the company. Be technical, not emotional.

Don’t brag about your new position.

Don’t forget to say goodbye to your colleagues.

I’ll leave you with this…

Last impressions are just as important as first impressions.

50% of business in the Riverina CANNOT fill their positions locally…

By Recruitment

That’ll do me!

I came across a video today where someone in a high-ranking position stated that 50% of businesses in the Riverina CANNOT fill their positions locally.

FIFTY PERCENT!?

What a complete fabrication.

Someone, please show me the stats and research around this, I’m happy to be proven wrong.

I’ve been recruiting in the Riverina for over ten years across a variety of industries and can count on one hand the number of positions we haven’t been able to successfully fill out of around 400 roles.

I’d love to speak with the 50% of businesses that are in this situation and show you how we CAN track people down for these positions.

Over and out…

My take on giving people your full attention

By Recruitment

During a recent interview I sat in on with a client last month, one of the Directors received a phone call.

They fumbled around in their pocket and I thought to myself, please don’t answer it.

They picked up the phone mid-conversation, spoke for a few minutes, hung up and resumed the interview like nothing had happened.

I understand people are busy, however, you need to show respect to potential employee’s. This is a chance to sell yourself and your company, gone are the days where you’re doing people a favour by having a vacancy.

Give people your full attention, if you’ve blocked out time for an interview then put your phone on silent and be truly present.

Trust me, this goes a long way.

Working mums

By Recruitment

I recently heard a story regarding an employee that had requested a sit down with their Manager to discuss a pay-rise after close to 10 years of employment.

To determine the pay-rise, her Manager rattled off a few things around her career path and then threw in the cheeky question of “Will you be having any more kids?”.

It baffles me to think this is still happening?!

I’m by no means saying this happens all the time and tarring everyone with the same brush, but it shouldn’t happen at all.

Stop moving the goalposts for working mums. Yes, mums may need to take some time off to spend with their kids during school holidays, yes kids get sick, and yes they may want to have more children in the future…

Working Mums are also moulding these young people into healthy and mindful adults and at the same time turning up to work and giving it their all.

I take my hat off to all the working mums out there trying to juggle everything at once.

Job advertising is storytelling

By Recruitment

Job advertising is storytelling.

Posting a position description online with an excessive list of duties whilst bragging about how good you are and how lucky this person will be to work with you isn’t going to cut it any longer…

Recruitment is marketing.

People don’t care if you have 30 employees, been in business for ten years and turn over 8 mil.

Give them success stories, tell them how people have progressed through your business, how they’ve grown professionally and personally, how they’re happy and healthy and how they have helped build the business.

Make it about them, not you.

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