Recruiting Experiences

How You Can Avoid the Recruiter BurnOut

A major hot topic in today’s job market is burnout. Many talent teams across the country have been working around the clock to find top talent to fill their high number of open job requisitions. The level of stress for recruiting, sourcing, and hiring top talent amidst a global pandemic is high. You can only imagine this is a huge factor of why recruiters are starting to experience the results of burnout.

Let’s get Real. What is burnout? Many people describe burnout as a feeling of exhaustion, boredom, and overall hollowness where one feels they can’t make a difference within their organization. Since the pandemic started, over 61% of recruiters have reported increased amounts of stress at work (Galli, n.d). However, the cause of burnout doesn’t always originate from a heavy workload.

Burnout among recruiters is more often resulting from 2 key factors:

  1. Isolation due to work-from-home/remote work – Many recruiters are still working 100% remotely, which can be difficult to consistently achieve the work-life balance. Being able to leave the office every day and have that commute home can create that forced boundary that helps everyone separate work from their personal life.
  • My Thoughts: As an individual who is on a flexible, hybrid schedule, it has been a long journey of slowly improving my boundaries and finding ways to keep a personally healthy balance. Throughout this journey, some ways that I have found successful in keeping that balance are:
    • Setting a cut off time for when I won’t be working at the end of the workday
    • Creating designated office space at home so I’m not working from my couch or bed
    • Setting a daily routine including breaks (lunch break, coffee break)
  1. Recruitment Process Takes Too Long – Hiring top talent can be challenging and time consuming especially to evaluate and find the best fit for the organization. Research data shows that organizations lose up to 89% of potential candidates due to the long interview processes (Galli, n.d).
  • My Thoughts: As a recruiter, I work with a variety of clients. Each is unique in the hiring needs and what role I play within the process. My overall role is not only recruiting but to also serve as a consultant for my clients within the interview process. Being able to provide feedback to my clients is always super important as I want to ensure that all of my candidates have a positive experience whether it’s the best fit or not. Setting the communication line open with your clients is the best way to ensure a successful working relationship and long-term partnership.

Overcoming recruiter burnout is critical. It starts with being aware of the signs and symptoms and when to chat your concerns with your manager to help come up with a solution. As we start to head closer to 2023, how will you ensure your team is refreshed and ready to face the challenges the new year will bring?

To learn more about this topic, you can click on the links below!

What is Recruiter Burnout and What Can You Do About It? (lever.co)

The 5 causes of recruiter burnout … (and how not to) | HRMorning

Recruiter burnout: Why it’s happening and what you can do – Workable

2022 HR Statistics, Trends & Data: Ultimate List – People Managing People

What is your mental health hygiene?

Every day we brush our teeth to keep from seeing a dentist regularly for extra maintenance, and that is often looked at as good hygiene. But what is mental hygiene, and how does one practice having good mental hygiene?

Your work can play a major role in your overall mental hygiene and overall health. It can add much meaning, structure, and add overall purpose to your life, while also providing a sense of identity, bolster your self-esteem, and offer a positive social outlet (Robinson & Smith, 2021). So, whether you take 15 or 60 minutes a day to maintain your mental health is something everyone can benefit from it! And yes, I promise, you do have 15 minutes!

If you are unsure of some great and easy activities to improve your daily mental health hygiene, check out my personal favorites down below!

 

My favorite activities to practice mental health hygiene:

  1. Pick and read a book that’s easy and fun or listen to a chapter or two from an audiobook
  • Reading has been proven to impact adults and kids’ brains and mental health in big ways. Overall, reading can improve one’s brain health, reduce everyday stress, improve memory, and improve focus.
  1. Listen to your favorite podcast while taking a walk outside
  • My favorite podcasts are Crime Junkie, The Morning Toast, and SHE
  1. Take 30 minutes every morning to start a journal to record your thoughts, experiences, and how you are going to attack your day!
  • Journaling is a great way to set goals to improve overall mental health, it will also help you stay on top of your goal progress and make adjustments that are needed along the way.
  1. Try some adult coloring books as this can serve to help you focus, while improving your mindfulness and spark some new creativity!
  • (So many great and affordable options on Amazon)
  1. Go to your favorite coffee shop! I’m a huge fan of trying new workspaces to allow yourself to not get in a rut working from home.
  • My favorite Indy coffee shops are Java House and Indie Coffee

 

For me personally, I have always used working out as my form of maintaining my mental health hygiene. Being able to work out for 60 minutes a day allows me to de-stress and take a break from what’s going on in the outside world. I am a HUGE fan of Orange Theory Fitness (HIT Group workout), 3 Kings Gym (Cross Fit Gym), and running outside (you’ll probably find me at every local Indy 5k race). Working out pushes me every day to be the best version of myself, inside and out. I always leave these classes feeling happy and ready to take on my day!

Taking time to recharge is important because no one knows you better than yourself. So, listen to your mind and body when you need extra time away to feel refreshed. Because being my best self allows me to serve my clients and candidates in the best way possible.

 

For a deeper dive, read more here: Mental Health in the Workplace (cdc.gov)

275 Self-Care Ideas & Activities to Deal With Life (2022) (developgoodhabits.com)

How Journaling Can Improve our Mental Health | BetterSleep

How reading improves your mental health – Reading Partners | Reading Partners

The Importance of Recruiter-Specific Training: And the Program I Used to Accelerate My Career

Today, recruiters are not just recruiters. On a day-to day basis we change our title from recruiter to human resource coordinator, career coach, scheduler, account manager, and our client’s brand cheerleader. Many of us wear all of these hats with no formal training. Recruiter effectiveness is dependent on a comprehensive skillset. Lack of effective recruiter training can make hard-to-fill and high-volume hiring nearly impossible (hrotoday.com).

Like many recruiters, I didn’t go to school to recruit, I learned my skills on the job. When I joined the Recruiting Experiences team this past January, I came with a solid background in high-volume staffing, but lacked professional and corporate recruiting experience. So, you can imagine, this could have left me feeling vulnerable, as a new hire. But training the next generation is a passion for our CEO, so she designed the onboarding process to include participation in a 5-week training program designed to build corporate recruiting skills. This built my incoming confidence and accelerated my growth in a big way, allowing me to hit the ground running in my new career shift.

Recruiting Experiences’ accredited training programs were created and designed for new grads, human resource professionals, and anyone looking to make a career change. Individuals can learn and practice real-world corporate recruiting skills in a group learning environment while being able to collaborate with other like-minded individuals. It is a crash-course that will prepare even the least-experienced recruiter but also works to fill in the gaps for those working in the profession who may have been thrown into it with no formal training.

During the program, I was able to gain and expand my knowledge of candidate sourcing, screening preparation, knowing how to effectively negotiate offers, and learning to build lasting and positive relationships with not only talent, but also my clients. One of the biggest takeaways of this program for me personally was the negotiating offers section. This is the last step within the interview process, but the hardest, in my opinion. Being your candidate’s advocate while assisting the client with the offer can sometimes be extremely overwhelming. I learned key questions to ask my candidates and client to make sure everyone is on the same page during the closing process, and ways to stay confident to bring the offer over the finish line.

Being able to participate in a program with other fellow recruiters from a wide range of different specified recruiting tracks, like staffing, corporate, internal, and technical recruiting really allowed me to collaborate and grow even more. The program was self-paced, but I was also able to learn with other like-minded individuals who all shared the same goal: to grow as a recruiting professional. The program was designed to drive recruiters with comprehensive, ongoing training around company brand representation, sourcing, and social networking while using the latest tools and technologies that enable recruiters to find qualified candidates more efficiently (hrotoday.com).

If you or someone you know wants to invest in their recruiting career, reach out to training@recruitingex.com to learn more about this full life-cycle training program and other opportunities to grow your skills with Recruiting Experiences.

Mastering the Recruiting Pivot: Staying Fluid in the Ever-Changing Recruitment Market

With the pandemic now in its 22nd month and unemployment rates topping in at 4.2%, many companies and organizations are continuing with their recruitment efforts (Impactnews, 2020). For recruiters, the word PIVOT (cue Friends scene visual) has been added to our daily vocabulary, as we try to ride the ever-changing wave of the recruitment market. So, you may ask, how can you pivot strategically to attract your ideal candidate?

Here are some tips that I have learned from my fellow recruiters and added to my daily life in order to pivot with grace…

1. Remember to make relationships with every outreach and applicant you encounter. Every individual you talk to is a potential employee or a referral source. Building genuine connections with your network is important for any talent search. Check out this great message example that can be used when requesting a referral source:

“I’m really glad that we were able to make this networking connection! I’m always looking to help others in seeking their next professional opportunity, would you happen to have anyone in your professional network who might be interested in this role?”

2. Always be creative in your recruitment efforts, and never stay bogged down with one strategy. Every role will require different outreach and sourcing. Utilizing LinkedIn groups and hashtags is a great way to get the word out and to cast a wider net for individuals who have interests matching the role you’re sourcing for.

Great LinkedIn Groups for IT fields: Indy IT Talent Community and Tech Savvy Women (TSW)

Look into these LinkedIn hashtags: #techrecruitment, #techevents, #techcareers, #techhiring

3. You’re not in the ride alone – Always ask your fellow recruiters for feedback on recruitment strategies. Getting a different outlook and approach can allow you to see things through a different lens. You’ll likely end up with a stronger result for your efforts.

Set up a coffee break or brainstorming session with your co-workers to see what their strategies are and why it works for them! I also take full advantage of shadowing my co-workers to see their strategies in action.

In this crazy, ever changing job market, small, creative changes to your recruitment strategy can have a huge impact on your result!

Sources: ,Pivoting Your Recruitment Strategies For the New Normal | impactHR, LLC (impacthrllc.com)