The favourite topic in recruitment at the moment seems to be how much the industry is changing and how we all need to adapt or die. Agreed. Quite a few of my blogs have covered this subject. But although the world of recruitment maybe changing more than ever before, some things will never change.
One thing that will never change…. it will always be annoying, frustrating and at sometimes just down right grrrrrrrr !!!! Don’t get me wrong. It will also be very rewarding, enjoyable and lucrative …. or should be. But when people are at the heart of everything you do, it is not always going to be sunshine, lollipops and rainbows.
Candidates that you think you have a good relationship with suddenly disappear off the face of the earth. They don’t turn up to interviews. They turn down offers you know they should accept, or even worse they accept a counter offer. Clients make bad, sometimes ridiculously stupid decisions that you can do nothing about. Sometimes, for example, they get their CEO to meet the candidate after he has accepted the job and turned down two other offers, only to be told that his handshake wasn’t strong enough to work there (true story!). ***….insert own frustration here…***
When these things happen to you (and they will, regardless of how great a recruiter you are), there is only one thing to do – get over it and quickly.
People are notoriously unpredictable; even the predictable ones. Being messed around and let down sometimes goes with turf of recruitment. Hopefully it won’t happen to you often. But when it does it will probably hurt; it might really hurt!!! If you can learn something from it then do. But also remember that sometimes shit just happens. Don’t beat yourself up over it. …or anyone else (as much as you might like to!).
In difficult times, there are often more frustrations for recruiters and it is easier to become negative, especially if you have only ever been used to the good times. If you really can’t handle it, don’t sit their moaning about it for months on end complaining how shit recruitment is and how everyone is an idiot – do yourself a favour and go and work in an industry that doesn’t involve people. You don’t have to work in recruitment.
But for the majority of recruiters I think the answer is simpler. When something goes wrong, just remember…shit happens and get over it !!!
DISCLAIMER: Yes, this blog has been written partly as a personal cathartic exercise. Names and identities have been changed or removed to protect the innocent and stop me being sued ! Shit happened….now I am over it !!!