The Five: Ways to Build Recruiting Resiliency

Released every Monday, The Five is a weekly roundup (of sorts) with tools, tips, and tricks you can implement today to become a more efficient and effective recruiter.

Recruiting ResiliencyWhy am I here? Do I know what I am doing? Why do they hate me? These are not questions from a teenager’s journal. These are questions recruiters ask themselves when things seem rough. The truth about recruiting is that it is 75% skill and training but 25% luck. There are days when you can do everything right and lose a candidate. Of course, that means you can also do everything wrong and place a candidate.

Let’s face it. Recruiting is a stressful job, and nowhere was “Resiliency” in the job description. Yet, it is one of the most important traits recruiters can have. Resilience is the ability of people to cope with stress and crisis, and then rebound quickly and learn valuable lessons from their experience.  Here are the five things you can do to become more a more resilient recruiter.

1. Get Connected.

Develop a strong professional network of peers and mentors in the industry. On Facebook, LinkedIn and even Snapchat, there are recruiting groups. If you have not yet, join the RecruitingBlogs and Secret Sourcing Group on Facebook now. Then go join the Recruiting Tools group on LinkedIn. Don’t wait until there’s crisis, but start networking now so that you have support when you need it. There could be someone today who needs you as well.

2. Take Care of Yourself.

Your mom has already told you this I am sure. Eat right, get good sleep and exercise. I am not a doctor, and this is not to be a substitute for needed medical advice. However, when you’re caught up on sleep, eating well and not getting stressed out, you’ll be less fragile and more able to deal with stressors like those pesky hiring managers.

3. Keep Things in Perspective.

Even when things seem completely out of control, don’t blow things out of proportion. Recruiters deal with resumes, not kidney’s. It is just not that serious. When things are stressful, we are fast to “jump to conclusions” as to how this will affect our job, the company, and the candidate. You are not a psychic, a robot, or someone with mind control. Remember, this too shall pass.

4. Have a Sense of Humor

Learning to laugh in the face of stressful situations can help you become almost immune to adversity. Did you lose a candidate because they changed their salary requirements at the last money? Sure that sucks. But the fact that the candidate thought they were worth twice as much then what you are offering can be hilarious. (What are they thinking!?)


5. Make a Success List.

You can do this. You have done it before, and you know what you are doing. Right now, make a list. On it, write down the placements that you are most proud of, the people you have helped and the jobs you closed that once seemed impossible. And pull it out from time to time. You will start to see it is not you- it is them. Worst case scenario, if your work environment is so stressful you have to quit, this list will help you when you interview for your next job!

 



About the Author: Jackye Clayton is recognized as a people expert who puts the Human in Human Resources. An international trainer, she has travelled worldwide sharing her unique gifts in sourcing, recruiting and coaching. She offers various dynamic presentations on numerous topics related to leadership development, inclusionary culture development, team building and more. Her in-depth experience in working with top Fortune and Inc 500 clients and their employees has allowed her to create customized programs to coach, train and recruit top talent and inspire others to greatness. Follow Jackye on Twitter @JackyeClayton or connect with her on LinkedIn.

  • Joanna Ransley

    How come all good articles in our [recruiting] industry now come with irritating “moving pictures”. Unnecessary, making reading a chore detracting from the main message . . just sayin’

    • Eric Patki

      I liked this article – true, short, and witty! Many recruiters I have seen behave like big drama queens. Sky is not falling – stay calm – You never lose – either you win or learn.

      BTW, about moving pictures – some content marketing Gurus advice to pepper your online content with moving pictures (GIFs), some out-of-ordinary cartoons etc. to make the content visually more appealing and interesting. I see recruiting is called / become more ‘Social’ and ‘Digital’ these days with increasing number of recruiters thumping the keyboards versus old-fashioned smile-n-dial types 🙂


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