A Recruiter is a Great Listener… Just Sometimes Not To Themselves….



I know this may come as a shock to some of you, so make sure you are sitting down…. but I am a little competitive with a slight stubborn streak. I like to win – whether on the sports field or when securing talent for our business. I also don’t like being told I can’t do something if I am really passionate about it.  A double edged sword – I have got some amazing but highly complex and difficult projects over the line, but it also means I can be a bit like a dog with a bone (no cat cliché I could think of here sorry).

As I sit here writing this at my desk this week I currently have a sign affixed to my desk (thanks to Marissa, one of our recruiters, for this professional looking sign):


Yeap, I am a recruiter with no voice. Zip. Zero. Nada. Nothing. Just a whisper. I’ve also managed to pick up a severe lumbar sprain and am having daily physio. As a recruiter that is not ideal at all. I am however going to dig out my old “Magna-Doodle”.

This week I realised that I put so much pressure on myself to perform, to win, to not say no and be the best that I can… that sometimes (okay, quite often) I don’t listen to my own body and the signs it sends me that I need to slow down. There were signs – the tiredness, the twinges, the near misses….. I just thought I was being “soft” and needed to put more effort in. Effort at the gym, the office and in my personal life. You just can’t do it all – no matter what Cosmo or your special best selling books tell you.

As recruiters (whether agency or internal) we have KPIs to hit, we have numbers to make, budgets to bill, roles to fill, people always after our attention and time.  We need to remember that sometimes before listening to all of those external voices – we need to listen to our own (or in my case, read my notes as there is no voice!).

It’s taken this week for me to see that I am not invincible – despite what I think. I missed out on RHUB (which I am still suffering severe FOMO from), had to take time off work and I will have to put my SingStar career on hold for the time being.

Remember candidate care? It’s time we also think about recruiter care. Look after yourselves and your teams out there.