In This Issue

Kristi Royse, CEO of KLR Consulting, shares time management tips that help increase your productivity at work and at home, enhance the quality of your work with less stress, and improve your sense of personal fulfillment.   full article
This quarter The STRe Solutions team discusses retained search. As a candidate, learn how to work with and what to expect from a retained search recruiter. As a hiring manager, discover when it's best to use retained search and how to partner with a retained search recruiter until just the right candidate is found.
Candidate Tip #113  Hiring Manager Tip #113  full article
It's an American tradition of fun, family, food, football and overindulgance that is sometimes overwhelming for the cook. Get some tips on cooking the bird and on eating out on the big day.   full article


Capturing Time
By: Kristi Royse, CEO of KLR Consulting

If I could save time in a bottle... was pondered by the late Jim Croce in his 1973 chart-topping song Time in a Bottle. This song captures the thoughts of many who deeply desire to get a hold of things that they feel are slipping through their fingers. It beckons for a sense of control in one's life to capture things of value and not let them get away.

The concept of capturing time for our benefit has been dubbed time management in the corporate world. It is meant to get better results from the time allotted to each person. There is a problem with the concept of time management because we can't really manage time. Time is finite. Beyond our life and scope, time is infinite. So rather than managing time, we should consider how we can manage ourselves better.

Understand Your Personal Time Profile
Most people think they know more about how they spend their time than they actually do. We tend to believe our memories are good enough for an accurate account of the hours and minutes we spend on a given task. That simply isn't true.

If time seems to always be getting away from you, start recording your activities in 15 minute intervals. There are many automated tools that help you determine how you spend your time. The Time Mastery Profile from DiSC is my personal favorite. These tools can give insight and help you see where your time goes.

Opportunities to Manage Time Better
Now that you know where you spend your time, you need to do something with this knowledge and work on incorporating some new tactics that will help get that time back for you.

Email. Email is one of the biggest interruptions in today's workplace. If your computer automatically notifies you when you receive email, turn that function off, especially when you are planning your day. Instead, set up times to check email three times a day, or once per hour. This method is one of the fastest ways to improve productivity.

Organizing Your Day. I have found that simply writing down everything that needs to get done makes the overwhelmed feeling go away--even though the work doesn't. A master list is a way to record your short and long term goals and will get everything out of your head. A to-do list is created every day and only includes tasks you need to complete today.

A master list is updated at the end of each day. Fifteen minutes before you leave work, stop responding to emails, phone calls, and other requests. This is your time. With your calendar open and your master list in front of you, let your mind wander. Brainstorm and document whatever pops into your head.

Delegation. With effective delegation, you save yourself time and expand the capability of your team and organization. One of the most common complaints I hear from managers is, "I try to delegate but when the assignment comes back, it's wrong or it's not good enough. So I end up having to do it myself." When delegated tasks turn out wrong, you must resist the temptation to do it yourself. Doing the work yourself is not good for you or the organization.

Time management can help you increase your productivity on the job and at home, help you enhance the quality of your work with less stress, and give you a sense of personal satisfaction. You never know, you might just find the time to reward yourself and do something you have never had the time for!

About the author: Kristi Royse is a nationally recognized executive management coach and motivational speaker. She works with clients on a variety of management issues to help organizations improve effectiveness and achieve increased productivity. If you want to be inspired to action you can reach Kristi at
Candidates and Hiring Managers: Maximize Your Experience with Recruiters

Our highest priority at STRe Solutions is building long-term relationships with both jobseekers and hiring managers. The Recruiter Relations section of our newsletter offers ongoing tips to help you maximize your experience with a recruiter, regardless of whether you're seeking top talent to seamlessly join your team or searching for your next ideal position.

This quarter's focus is retained search. As a candidate, understand how retained search operates and how to best work with a recruiter who is working on a retained search; and as a hiring manager, understand when you should use a retained search.

Candidate Tip #113
Working with a Retained Search Recruiter
Retained search is a project where the recruiter manages the search for a client company and is paid for completing the project. In a contingent search the recruiter is paid only for finding and placing a candidate. As a candidate, it is important to understand the difference whether you are a passive or an active candidate. A retained search recruiter usually generates a large pool of potential candidates so when the recruiter calls to discuss a search, you may or may not be a candidate for that particular search. It is important to listen carefully and articulate your skills and experience; try not to oversell yourself as the square peg for the round hole.

If you are not a fit, ask the recruiter how you can help. Is there someone in your network that you can introduce them to? Providing help on a search is the best way the recruiter will remember to call you when there is a search where you are a strong potential candidate.

Retained search consultants are not career counselors. They work for their client companies and only on search projects for specific openings. They are rarely in a position to market you to their clients. Occasionally, a client company will decide to hire an additional candidate who does not fill the primary opening, but has skills and experience they believe are valuable for their organization.

Hiring Manager Tip #113
When should I use retained search?
Retained search is typically used for most executive level positions and other key, hard-to-fill positions, as well as confidential searches. As a hiring manager you can count on a retained search recruiter to create a pipeline of qualified candidates for your search, not just send you some candidates they have in their database. In a retained search, the search firm is hired to conduct a search project for you; they are your partner in the hiring process.

The first step is typically preparing (or refining) the job description. This includes understanding not only the skills and experience requirements, but also the company culture and what type of candidate personality will be the right fit with the rest of the team. Retained search recruiters will usually meet with other members of the management team as well as the hiring manager to ensure that they understand as much as possible about the culture and the organization. Candidates are identified and thoroughly assessed before they are presented to you. Since this is a joint project, a retained recruiter may often run a profile by you to judge your interest level before initiating contact with the candidate. This is a valuable exchange of information.

The key differentiation for a retained search is the joint nature of the project between you and the retained search recruiter and the consistent effort that is placed on your search until just the right candidate is found.

STRe Fun -- Thanksgiving: An American Tradition

Thanksgiving is an American tradition of fun, family, food, football and overindulgance that is sometimes overwhelming for the cook. Here are some websites providing help for the cook(s) preparing the big family dinner:

  1. Williams-Sonoma:
  2. Vegetarian Thanksgiving:
  3. Thanksgiving on the Net:
  4. Diestel Turkey Ranch:
  5. Butterball:

If you would prefer not to cook at home, you can dine out:
  1. 1300 on Fillmore, 1300 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
  2. 231 Ellsworth, 231 S. Ellsworth Avenue, San Mateo
  3. Bistro Vida, 641 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park
  4. Bridges Restaurant, 44 Church Street, Danville
  5. MacArthur Park, 27 University Avenue, Palo Alto
  6. LB Steak, 334 Santana Row, San Jose