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Work-life Balance as Recruiter: Is It Possible? 


Jessica, a cheerful and chatty girl, is a fresh graduate yearning to land her first job. Her friend recommends her to try recruiting industry as it matches with her character, thus she applied to be a recruiter. During her first year as recruiter, she was so positive about the career. However, as time goes by, Jessica puts a second thought about being a professional recruiter, considering how tough the deadline and environment are. 

Every career and job has its ups and downs, especially in the recruiting industry. It might sound simple but if you go into the industry fully aware that it will require hard work, you will be rejected daily, and the successes are fewer than the failures. Recruitment requires a firm business face and the discipline to keep organised and calm under pressure. 

According to a Talent Hero survey, life as a recruiter is interesting and difficult at the same time. Recruiters face a wide array of challenges when finding new clients that might need days, even months, to get. Even experienced recruiters, the survey wrote, tend to run into roadblocks. One recruiters with more than 10 years on the job told Talent Hero that their biggest difficulty was “helping clients overcome their decision-making paralysis when they see candidates who have transferable skills that are not an obvious match for their requirements.” To be able to endure the deadline, the biggest piece of advice for new recruiters or those who have been running with it for years is to breathe and be resistant.

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Even when the life of a recruiter is difficult and hard to deal with at times, recruiting roles are among job roles that promise work-life balance - with a note that you work in credible firms that support work-life balance programs and diversity programs. When you work for the right firm, you can have the option to work anywhere you want without hassle. You can have more time to watch shows or attend conferences. Here are some more advantages of being a recruiter: 

  • You learn to work smarter rather than harder – Spend your time wisely building genuine relationships with clients & candidates, rather than bashing your head against the table trying to call every person on a 25-year-old database. Know your target clients, then get to know them.

  • You respect employers who have trust in you – When an employer gives you flexibility and doesn’t micromanage you, you feel happier to return the favour and make them (and yourself) some serious money.

  • You can enjoy your social life more – You won’t be drained by working 12 hour days and you’ll be more engaged when you are in the office.

  • You generally can enjoy your job more when you know how to place yourself in the recruiting role.

There is no easy fix to making recruitment easier but picking the right company, being in control of your time and being able to justify your output will help you feel less pressure along for the ride. Hence, work smart, organise your time and take your breaks in recruitment = happy life!

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