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 Jerry Albright on April 1, 2011 at 5:43pm

For the most part I'm in my office all day.  Sometimes I'll watch a movie around lunch time if something interesting is on.


Last weekend I worked a bunch on both days.  Many nights I'll have to wrap up some calls or catch feedback after dinner.  Some mornings I go deer hunting or fishing instead.


I've always got my Blackberry in my pocket and am reachable 24/7.  I'll usually answer the phone - unless I've got company or have the tractor running.


A few weeks ago I was on the phone night and day - I'd say 14 or 15 hours was the norm for a month or so and it looks like I'm heading right back into that kind of action.


Being a small agency owner I work my tail of before I have too.  When the smoke clears and I can breathe easily - I take a more leisurely approach to life.  I'm here for my wife and family if anything comes up.


I'm leaving the office now. 



Comment by Jodi on April 1, 2011 at 11:45pm
Its been a long, long, time since the job market was like this so why not take the money and run?  I love being busy again and who knows how long it will last.  If some recruiters choose to work a 40 hour work week, so be it.  The ones putting in the long hours will reap the benefits.  We are sales people.  We make money on our successes.
Comment by Nick John on April 4, 2011 at 12:01pm
When I was a recruiter (I'm now a supplier to recruiters) I guess I used to work c 50 hours a week. Best productivity was usually Monday and Tuesday evening and then a steady slide down from there. If I'm honest, I would bet that less than half of the 50 hours were productive!
Comment by Nick John on April 4, 2011 at 12:03pm
Oh and I forget to add another sales people, when are we NOT working? Very difficult to separate what is work and what isn't these days :-)
Comment by Linda Bersch on April 4, 2011 at 12:04pm

I work an average of 50 hours a week and my favorite day of the week is Monday.  My least favorite is Thursday.

Comment by Flavia on April 4, 2011 at 12:47pm

well... I usualy work like 45 (average)h/w.

I don't think there are favorite days and worst days durring a week. It depends on the period of the year, type of project etc (it doesn't have anything to do with the week days )

Comment by bill josephson on April 5, 2011 at 8:49am

As a contingent self-employed recruiter in the past 10 years I've worked consistent 60 hour weeks.

In the better employment days of the 80's and 90's it was more like 45 hours.

Worst times are 1st thing in the morning getting started with tongue and brain attached, later on at night due to fatigue.   Also, even with a plan there's some disorientation in the beginning of a day till I make some calls and get into a rhythm

Comment by Flavia on April 5, 2011 at 2:20pm

I shall mention just part of my job is of recruitment. And I should also mention that I am the kind of person that puts accent on work-life ballance, since I get great satisfaction from work but I think some balance is the key of high productivity. And I expect the same from the ones that I hire: good planning, high speed, quality and focus on the objectives rather than on the hours spent at work...I also expect from them attention to the rest of their lives for many reasons that we all are aware of. Is a way of thinking, does not necesary aply to all of us but is something one should keep in mind.

An ref. to the subject: I think it would be interesting to see the result of this pool sinthetized in a few words, keeping in mind the cultural/social differences of the persons involved in the discussion.

Comment by Rebecca B. Sargeant on April 6, 2011 at 9:31am

Hello Everyone ~


Thank you so much to everyone that participated in the above discussions!!!


Your responses enabled me to write my latest blog.... Give it a peek.


Again, thank!!!

Rebecca B. Sargeant

Comment by Paul Alfred on April 6, 2011 at 10:48am
Great don't forget to add the research credits :)


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