Focus on your Goals: A Recruiter’s Perspective

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Focus on your Goals: A Recruiter’s Perspective
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Laura Machan

Laura Machan

Laura Machan is a Partner, Recruitment Solutions for a major human resources consulting firm based in Toronto, Ontario. Although she has been recruiting for quite a few years, she still gets a big thrill from calling someone to set up an interview and an even bigger thrill when she hears a happy dance as she tells them when their new job starts. Laura lives with her family in Oakville, where she has lived for over 25 years, and is a significant contributor to the Canadian Federation of University Women - Oakville and Women in Nuclear, Golden Horseshoe Chapter.

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You might not have noticed but its half way through January. Yep…..half way. Apparently, time flies especially quickly when it is dark and cold outside.

Did you set some goals for 2016? It might have been in the fog of New Year’s morning or the champagne induced glee of New Year’s Eve. Do you remember them?

Once you get into the flurry of everyday life, it can be hard to even remember the special things you wanted to do, let alone focus on getting them done.

I learned a neat trick from one of the great people I volunteer with (yet another reason to put up your hand and volunteer!). I commented on her aggressive development plans for the year and she said that she learned long ago to use the B-HAG method.

Excuse me?

Was she calling me a hag? And if so, how did she know? We have not known each other that long….


No, not at all. B-HAG stands for big, hairy, audacious goal. She said the idea is to make sure you think of it every day and work to make advancements, no matter how small, every day.

She even has a B-HAG pet. It’s a little furry thing that sits on her desk. When her eyes fall on it, she is reminded about the bigger picture. Also, people come into to her work area and ask her about it which presents another opportunity to describe and focus on her goals.

She said it worked really well last year, and so, to up the ante and keep it effective, she is going to move it around her office. A bit like “Elf on a Shelf”. It will have eyes on her all the time.

In the end, it does not matter how you do it. You just need to make sure that you have something or someone that continues to remind you why you need to do one more thing before lunch, bed or wine.

Good luck!



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