By Stephen Lionetti
Recruiting can be very rewarding - helping people improve their lives by getting them the right job is an exceptional feeling. On the flipside, recruiting is also a demanding field. There are a lot of struggles to overcome when dealing with recruiting. Dealing with jobs that seem like they can never be filled, competing in a market where it gets competitive more and more each day, and the customer burning down your neck wanting a role filled as soon as possible. All of this can be extremely stressful which causes a lot of recruiters to experience burnout.
Recruiting can feel like you are repeating the same thing every day. There is always a need for positions to be filled. Often, it is the same position. Creating job descriptions, screening candidates, conducting interviews - You are doing the same thing repeatedly. Often this causes the recruiter to feel ineffective if they are not filling that job as fast as they thought they would or as fast as it needs to be. Having the same conversations, filling out the same paperwork, doing the same routine every single day may result in a lack of ambition in the recruiter
Often recruiters feel they are stuck in the middle. Recruiters feel they are unable to accurately describe the job to the potential candidate. This lack of information can cause dissatisfaction for the candidate thus leading them to look elsewhere. Being unable to provide all the information necessary will often find the recruiter not being able to find a worthwhile candidate who will stay at the job for a prolonged period.
How does a recruiter overcome burnout? How does a recruiter find the spark they had before? Setting achievable goals and completing them makes you know your job is meaningful to the company at large. This can boost your spirit and make you more optimistic. Taking time for yourself and not stressing over the job can help as well. Setting time for yourself to decompress and relax will ultimately make you enjoy your job even more.
How can employers help their staff overcome burnout? Recognizing the accomplishments your team is making, your team will fill fulfilled and want to strive to do better. Being supportive of your worker’s mental health will greatly reduce burnout in them. Allowing your workers to have time off to alleviate the burden they sometimes feel will improve their productivity drastically. Also setting achievable goals will allow work to be done in a plentiful and dynamic manner.
Burnout in the workplace for recruiters is becoming a common experience. Placing people in careers have been the most cut-throat it has ever been. Employers are vying for the right candidates. A lot of places are short staffed, thus causing recruiters to feel jaded. Recognizing burnout is key in employees as well as the person above them. Overcoming it is doable and will make working a much better experience.