When I was 22 I took a year off work to travel – I saved up for almost 8 months and booked a flight to India to meet my then-boyfriend. Together we travelled from Delhi to the north of India to a place called Ladakh, which means ’land of high passes’. Ladakh is the highest plateau in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, with points over 3,000m (9,800ft) above sea level.
When you first get there, even walking in the street is hard as your body is not used to the altitude. I remember needing to rest after going into town to buy food. After a few days we decided to take a track to one of the mountains. We were young and stupid and, although we had a map, food and water, we didn't take a local guide. Looking back this was just careless.
I remember climbing up the mountain was just impossible – I couldn't breathe or move and everything was in slow motion. With no proper preparation or guidance, it took us hours to get to the top. At that point, I felt really bad – I didn't want to stay there even to look at the view so I ran down trying to reach lower ground to feel better.
The rest of the track was no easier. Of course we got completely lost and ran out of provisions. In the end, we found someone local who helped us out. Getting back to the main city we managed to acclimatise to the altitude and after our mountain adventure, walking the streets became much easier.
I remembered this story after reading an example from Tara-Nicholle Nelson, comparing running altitude practice with getting over new hurdles. Once you’ve completed a challenge, the next time you tackle something similar it’s easier.
Similarly, when we face new tasks and projects in our professional lives we usually adjust to these new demands. Once we overcome a challenge, we see that the experience has enabled us to get better at what we do.
recruitment projects- how to start?-
Starting work on a large recruitment project in a new country or domain is stressful. Climbing the mountain can take your breath away. The second time you do it, you feel better, and by the 4th or 5th time, you’re completely used to the new altitude. After the first time, you can formulate a plan in your head – you’re familiar with the different steps and know what to do next.
I want to share with you my first 3 steps – how to approach a new recruitment project.
1. Start by asking where, when and why? These are the first things to figure out.
Where is the project taking place – in what city/ country?
When is it taking place – what are the expected timelines?
Why is it taking place? Is it a new unit, a new deal, or a new activity for the company?
2. Get into the right meetings if you’re not already part of the project team. This is the time to get involved, find the project manager and get yourself a seat at the table.
3. Get the map- There’s usually a basic plan of staffing needs, covering the role types and when they will be needed.