The Morning Routines of 10 Talent Acquisition Pros

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From going on a run to hitting the snooze button, busy talent acquisition folk share the routines that get them going in the morning.

Do you have a regular morning routine? You know, that one thing you do every morning to get you ready for your workday? We asked 10 busy professionals to share their routines. Here’s what they said:


Jose Watson, Market Recruiter, Lowe's Companies, Inc.

“I’m kind of boring in the mornings! I know that as soon as I come through the doors at work I hit the ground running, so I start my day with two absolutes: a good run and a few minutes of meditation. That helps me begin my day on just the right tone!”

Jose Watson, Market Recruiter, Lowe’s Companies, Inc.


Angie Coates, Design & Communications | Talent Consultant, Freelancer

“For a good number of years now, I try to take time in the morning to read from a few meditation books that I like, set my intentions for the day and meditate with my partner. It’s usually a very quick and imperfect meditation. Whenever I tried to set aside a respectable number of pure ‘meditation’ minutes I found I would end up not doing it, so keeping the meditation short but consistent has worked really well for me.

“It sounds counter-intuitive, but I have learned that when I am so busy that ‘I don’t have time’ for my morning routine, it’s especially important for me to take the time to slow down, ground myself and set my intentions for the day. When I make time in the morning to ‘fill my tank’ and practice my routine, I become more efficient. I can get a lot more done because I feel more grounded, tolerant, positive, and overall move through the rest of the day—regardless of busy—with a lot more ease.

“Also, I never EVER skip breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day, guys!”

Angie Coates, Talent Consultant


Krystal Abotossaway, Strategist. Talent Acquisition. Diversity Inclusion Sourcing, RBC

“I always hit snooze once every morning. My hair is super long so usually braiding is one of the fastest ways to get out the door (if I’m running late). I carpool… so on the way to work I catch up on tweets and Snapchats. I also use my commute time to catch up on the news (The Globe and Mail is my favorite!) Tim Horton’s is my go–to every morning as well!”

Krystal Abotossaway, Talent Acquisition, Diversity Inclusion Sourcing, RBC


Warren Wong, Vice President, Talent & Culture, Appnovation Technologies

“At minimum I start the day with stretches and if I am up early enough, a workout on my stationary bike, or if I am up even earlier, a quick bike ride around Richmond and back or Stanley Park loop and back. Whatever the exercise or lack of, I always have a healthy breakfast since it is the most important meal of the day.”

Warren Wong, Vice President, Talent & Culture, Appnovation Technologies


Sarah Blackmore, Director, People Operations, Bench Accounting

“I am the kind of person who refuses to get out of bed until the last possible minute! My husband and I tag-team it in the morning to get everyone (2 boys, 11 and 6, and a dog) out of the door on time. I usually grab a cup of coffee and read my email in bed, shower and dress at lighting speed (hair and makeup is done in the office most mornings!), wrangle the boys into weather appropriate clothing, make sure backpacks are packed and off we go. Edith, my poodle, comes to work with me every day so once we hit the office, fueled by more coffee, we go for a quick 20 minute walk downtown before the work day starts.”

Sarah Blackmore, Director, People Operations, Bench Accounting


Ashley Ryall, Founder & Social Strategist, UntapSocial

“On an ambitious day, an early visit to the gym followed by a green smoothie and a short meditation is the perfect combo to get my day started off on the right foot. As someone who works for herself, putting on a blazer over my yoga pants before I head into my home office tells my mind to ‘get creative’ and that I’m ready to work. And of course nothing gets me more in the zone than coffee. Lots of coffee.”

Ashley Ryall, Founder & Social Strategist, UntapSocial


Duarte Mendonça, Associate Director of Talent Acquisition, Midland Memorial Hospital

“I have two morning routines: My first is at home and it consists of stating my gratefuls before I rise, because I want to ensure I am grounded and remind myself of everything positive I have in my life. My second is when I come to work and I attend our morning huddle with leadership and we recite The Pickle Pledge and The Self Empowerment Pledge.”

Duarte Mendonça, Associate Director of Talent Acquisition, Midland Memorial Hospital


Rachel Barclay, Talent Coordinator, Electronic Arts

“My day always starts with a cup of tea and a quick browse of The Guardian website—two habits that help me stay connected to my English roots. Then it’s time to check emails and Twitter, before heading out the door. I commute to work by bus, and I think it’s important to use the journey to relax before diving into a busy day – I like to read or listen to a podcast (I’m currently hooked on Startup and Reply All).”

Rachel Barclay, Talent Coordinator, Electronic Arts


Christie Corrigan, Recruiter, Recruiting Social

“My morning routine is super minimal! I’m at the office super early so there isn’t a lot of extra time in the morning. I get up, get dressed, walk to the train, grab coffee from my favorite spot and head into work.”

Christie Corrigan, Recruiter, Recruiting Social


Jamie Koblinski, Recruiter, University Relations, Open X

“Since I take care of our London and Munich offices, I usually get in to the office pretty early. I take a few moments every day to catch up on daily news via Reddit and grab a breakfast sandwich from our downstairs cafe. Then it’s full speed ahead with phone screens, on-site interviews and sourcing!”

Jamie Koblinski, Recruiter, University Relations, OpenX


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