For those of us used to going to the office every day, making the transition to a remote work environment might not be the easiest task. Here are a few tips that can help you get used to a home office.
Keep a consistent routine. It might sound appealing to work in your pajamas all day, but in reality, making your bed, getting dressed and going to a designated workspace is going to help tremendously for your productivity. If you normally eat breakfast before work, keep that habit up. If you typically do a workout at the start of your day, keep that up as much as possible. The more you can remain consistent with a routine, the more productive you will feel when it’s time to work.
Assign a designated workspace. Working from home allows for serious distractions. If you position your laptop in front of the television or take a work call in the driveway, it can be hard to stay focused. A designated home office will help you define limits and increase your productivity. If you don’t have an office space and your dining room table is now your desk, keep that space clean and free of distractions while you are focused on your 9-5. After work, put away the laptop and “clock out” mentally to let your mind relax.
Go easy on yourself.Again, a lot of us have never worked from home, and we are all going through this crisis for the first time together. It’s OK if you’re not perfect at remote work at first. Try taking short breaks to help ease stress and promote concentration.
Take time to do things you love when the work is done.Whether that’s picking up a hobby you didn’t have time for because of your commute, or going through old photos with your kids, cherish the extra time at home and find a way to see the silver lining. It will help your mindset for work, and for your personal life.
Make a list of goals you want to accomplish through this quarantine.Lists can be great at revving up your creative engine. Write down 3-5 goals for work, personal, and family that you would like to have completed during your time at home. Maybe you have a project idea at work you want to pitch when you’re back in the office, or a closet that needs organizing. Align yourself with attainable tasks and revel at checking off small accomplishments week by week.
We hope some of these tips will help as you navigate the new “normal”. At Brilliant HR, we are here to help in whatever way we can, please do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions or comments. We are all in this together!
You might read dozens of resumes and find only a few possible gems. What are you doing with the resumes for the other handful of great candidates that you don’t hire for a particular role? Hopefully you’re saving them to build a great source of candidates for your next search! There are so many tools that can help you search through those resumes for the skillset and experience you need. Applicant tracking systems are no longer a “nice-to-have.” They are absolutely essential for the modern recruiter. Your job has changed and you cannot be as effective without the right tools. Here’s five ways Deltek Talent Management helps you be a more effective recruiter so you can better organize, find and interact with your applicants.
1. Resume Search
The resume search within Deltek Talent Acquisition enables you to search your entire database of resumes using different parameters. These parameters can vary widely from a basic keyword search, to a location search radius, to specific skill certifications, licenses or security clearances. To determine the correct filters for your search, start with the following questions:
If you have a lot of old resumes in your database, are you able to search based on recently modified resumes?
Is your search saved for OFCCP reporting if this is a requirement for your company?
If you have modified your application form to add custom fields for your company, can those be added to the search form?
Once you find resumes that match your criteria, can you take action on those resumes by sending emails, inviting applicants to apply to new postings, or forwarding them to another user for review?
Did you know that all of these options are available to you in Deltek Talent Acquisition?
2. Search Resumes Dashboard
At times, getting access to resumes quickly is a priority. When an applicant calls in wanting to know the status of their application, or a hiring manager wants to update you after an interview, being able to quickly find an applicant’s resume is important. Our Main Dashboard for the application is configurable to include a Search Resumes widget, so you can come in and quickly find their resume.
3. Resume Search Agents
Sometimes you don’t find the right candidate right away in your existing database, and being able to be notified when someone applies who meets your criteria would be very helpful. That’s where Resume Search Agents come into play – you can save your searches as a Resume Search Agent, and then choose how frequently you want emails to come in when applicants matching your criteria apply. This is very helpful when you post a hard to fill position and want to be notified when resumes come in that meet your needs.
4. Resume Pools
When you find highly qualified applicants in your database, being able to quickly find them when openings are available is helpful. Resume Pools make it easy to tag these resumes and view a listing of resumes with that tag. For example, if you had two great candidates for a job and hired one of them, tagging that “second choice” resume by adding them to a Resume Pool for easy access in the future if a new opening comes up is beneficial. You can also have your Resume Search Agents automatically populate Resume Pools for you, maintaining a list of candidates who have some of those skills you are on the lookout for. And keeping in touch with these candidates you’ve tagged is simple with Talent Relationship Management available within Deltek Talent Acquisition.
5. Monster and CareerBuilder Resume Search Integration
What happens if you don’t find the talent you need within your resume database? There are other tools and databases you can use to search for resumes – we work with both Monster and CareerBuilder to provide these services from directly within Deltek Talent Acquisition. For example, if you enable the Monster search integration, you have the option to search the Monster resume database directly and then import the resumes you find into your resume database. These resumes can then be reviewed, included in Talent Relationship Management campaigns, or invited to apply to job openings.