Letting Go: A Recruiter's Guide to Focus and Clarity

  By Jason Thibeault  |    Tuesday June 25, 2024

Category: Columns, Expert Advice, Motivational, Productivity, Recruiting


Embracing the Art of Letting Go in Recruiting

In the high-stress, high-stakes world of recruiting, it's easy to become bogged down by anxiety and frustration. These emotions are not just distractions; they're obstacles on your path to success. Recognizing what's worth your energy and what's not is crucial. Let me tell you, as a recruiter, you need to master the art of letting go.


Why Letting Go Matters

You're on a mission. You're building a career, shaping your life, and striving to make an impact in the recruiting world. Every minute spent fretting over trivialities or dwelling on setbacks is a minute stolen from your goals. Remember, winning, building, and becoming in this industry is challenging enough without the added weight of unnecessary stress.


The Unproductive Burden of Negative Emotions

Anxiety, frustration, nervousness - these aren't just unpleasant feelings. They're productivity killers. They cloud your judgment, impair your decision-making, and, most importantly, they sap your energy - energy that you could otherwise invest in sourcing the perfect candidate or nailing that client pitch.

The negativity also impacts those who need your positivity most. Picture a negative recruiter who had a candidate accept a counteroffer. They aren’t going to celebrate with that (former) candidate, and the people in their household may be in for a rough evening. No one needs that.


How to Let Go

1.  Identify the Triggers: What sets off your anxiety or frustration? Is it a difficult client, an elusive candidate, fear of failure, income, or internal pressures? Recognize these triggers and evaluate. There’s an action plan in them somewhere!


2.  Assess and Act: Ask yourself, "Does worrying about this help me achieve my goals?" If the answer is no, it's time to let it go. If the problem is fixable work on that. If it’s not fixable, what is the purpose of worrying about the inevitable?


3.  Focus on What Matters: Redirect your energy towards actions which contribute to your goals. Concentrate on building relationships, honing your skills, and expanding your network. Worry energy can literally be turned into planning, training, calling… 


4.  Embrace a Positive Mindset: Replace negative thoughts with a focus on solutions. Stuck on a tough role? Switch roles. Shift your thinking to creative sourcing strategies. You’d be better off going for a walk with headphones in terms of your health, happiness, and even coming to a “spontaneous” solution.


The Power of Positive Letting Go

Letting go isn't about indifference; it's about intelligent allocation of your mental and emotional resources. It's about knowing what deserves your attention and what doesn't. In recruiting, this isn't just good advice; it's a survival strategy. 

Imagine the positive recruiter where their (former) candidate accepts a counter. They celebrate the increased salary and title with their candidate, strengthening that relationship. Six months later their new friend has some jobs to fill…


In Conclusion

Letting go of what holds you back isn’t just freeing; it's empowering. It clears your mind, focuses your efforts, and keeps you on track toward your goals. Remember, in the fast-paced world of recruiting, you don't have the luxury of time to dwell on the inconsequential. Let that stuff go, focus on your mission, and watch as your career trajectory shifts from the mundane to the extraordinary.

If you’re ready to step up your recruiting career, explore Moore eSSentials Group Coaching, and receive a 10% discount when you enter this coupon code: EMINFO2024. If you want to talk with Jason directly, text him at 630.779.0371, but make sure to identify yourself and reference this article. 

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