Recruiters ~ How many hours do you work a week?

Just a quick question...

I coach a number of Recruiting Professionals and I am seeing a large swing in the amount of hours these Recruiters are work to be productive. I am curious to know....

On average how many hours do you work a week?
What are your most productive days and times during that week?
What is your least favorite day and time of the week and why?

Thanks for the insight!!!

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Comment by Paul Alfred on April 1, 2011 at 7:21am
Hello Rebecca... In the last 3 weeks a 6 hour day has now turned into 12 hour days -Mon - Thurs  10am-12pm and 2pm -8pm used to be to 5pm ...  and the best day is Friday I take half day off for Golf in the Summer ...  That might change with the volume we have at the moment ..
Comment by Mario Frank on April 1, 2011 at 9:33am
Great question, I definitely look forward in hearing some answers, So I might know what hours I'd be going through!
Comment by Sean O'Donoghue on April 1, 2011 at 9:55am

Hi Rebecca - What are you looking to learn from the responses?


From my viewpoint, there is no way to say to ALL recruiters - "This is how many hours you should be working, these are the days you should focus on doing the most calls, and these are the days you can take your foot off the gas".... but I'm sure you know that.


In an industry as big as ours, and with all the members on here coming from different backgrounds in recruiting - you could have a huge variation in the answers, depending on:


1. Are they working at a large corporate agency which is heavily KPI driven?

2. Are they working for a smaller firm which focuses more on what it's staff get out of their calls, rather than the amount of time they spend on the phone?

3. Are they independent recruiters who operate a lifestyle business

4. Do they focus on all aspects of recruitment, or just candidate sourcing / business development / lead generation etc etc

5. How many years have they been in the business - those with more experience and a strong network of candidates / clients won't need to be on the phone as much doing cold calling - but they will need to manage their network effectively to gain the most benefits from them.


and so on...

Just because one recruiter is succeeding with 3 hours a day, does not mean that another recruiter will be able to do the same - especially if their market focus or location focus is different. Another factor is whether a recruiter is focusing on high volume temp / contract placements, or lower level perm business.


There's so many factors when you look at it all in depth - you'd need to be a lot more specific in your questioning with this topic in order to gain any real value from the results. So Rebecca - what were you looking to do with this topic and the answers that you gain? What would you take away and how would you use it to benefit the recruiters you coach?

Comment by C. B. Stalling!! on April 1, 2011 at 10:04am
I am working on many different project..but anywhere from 55 to 60 every week. I find that my best days to make contact are Wed Thursday and SAT. Monday if very hard to reach people.
Comment by C. B. Stalling!! on April 1, 2011 at 10:04am
Sean maybe start your own focus question
Comment by Sean O'Donoghue on April 1, 2011 at 12:45pm
Good point cb
Comment by Sean O'Donoghue on April 1, 2011 at 1:12pm
By the way, I'm sorry if I sounded a bit harsh Rebecca - you've raised a good question, and I just thought I'd try to go a bit deeper into that area... But I can always start a seperate poll for that as cb mentioned. I'm interested in everyone else's opinions on this as our recruiters cover all the areas I mentioned above - we don't have one set way of working for all....
Comment by ED on April 1, 2011 at 1:55pm
I work only 7 hours a week. Not a workaholic.......
Comment by David Sanders on April 1, 2011 at 3:07pm
Sean, excellent points, especially number 5.  I've noticed my hours going down but my productivity going up over the years.
Comment by Helena Smith on April 1, 2011 at 4:32pm

What I have noticed, how many companies are NOT allowing for overtime, therefore the work hours are the traditional 40 per week.


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