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3 Tips for Reducing Recruiter Stress

by | Aug 19, 2015 | Recruiter Training, Top Echelon Blog

The phrase, “I’m so stressed out!” could describe our clients, candidates, co-workers, family members, and often ourselves!

As a recruiter, you have the challenge of human beings who talk back on both sides of your sale. They’ve been known to delay decisions and change their minds, as you’ve discovered during your initial recruiter training.

You will never hear me say that we are in an easy profession. However, it is one of the most gratifying. You can’t deal with the stress level of your candidates, clients, and co-workers if you’re stressed out. Learn how to reduce your stress level, and you will increase your production and income.

Below are three tips for reducing recruiter stress:

TIP #1—Plan.

You’ve probably heard about the importance of planning, but has that motivated you to become a consistent planner? You either plan for success, or you’re planning for failure. It’s amazing how less stressful it is to arrive at work knowing your priorities for the day and the outgoing calls you will complete!

Think of how many times you forgot to do something important because the “urgent things” wiped out your day. If I can’t convince you to fill out an entire planner, beginning today, write down your top six priorities closest to the money and commit to those actions before you leave your office. This one tip will lower your stress level.

TIP #2—Realize that “stuff happens.”

You cannot control what happens throughout your day, but you have 100% control over how you choose to react. Often, not reacting is the best decision. No one can make you feel a certain way… unless you give them permission. I was a single parent for 15 years, and I found it very empowering when I realized I could control how I reacted to things!

TIP #3—Write things down.

Write down a list of the things that are causing stress in your life and allow yourself 30 minutes to worry. Read the list, worry as much as humanly possible, and then put the list away. Cross off issues that are resolved, and add new ones as they occur.

Recently, I had one of my clients tell me about a book she gives to each of her children. The book is titled, What I Won’t Do When I’m a Parent. She plans to give this book to her children, when they eventually become parents.

What a great idea! What if you had a book titled, What I Wouldn’t Do If I Was a Client or Candidate? It’s very therapeutic when you write things down.

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Barb Bruno, CPC/CTS is a guest writer for the Top Echelon Recruiter Training Blog, and you can hire her for your next conference or event or for in-house training. Barb’s training techniques have guided thousands of recruiters to a higher level of sales and profits. She is best known for her methodical, easy-to-implement strategies that she shares with her audiences. Her enthusiasm is contagious! If you would like to hire Barb, please call 219.663.9609, email, or visit Good as Gold Training online.

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