All of the recent problems in our economy are making me nervous that I may lose my job. I’m a good recruiter, but there’s no guarantee for employment, right? What do you think the future holds for recruiters?
The short answer to your question is, "It depends." It may not make you feel any better to know you’re in good company these days, but of course you are; unemployment continues to rise
in most sectors, and as recruiters we get the front row seats to both cause and effect of economic trends. Just about everyone is a bit worried.
Here's something to think about: by nature or nurture, recruiters are some of the most intuitive people on the planet. Intuition is a survival skill in this industry, and therefore a significant driver of economies around the globe; and just like the bells that go off when you meet a candidate you don’t trust, or that funny feeling you get when a company that doesn’t tell you the whole story, there’s a reason why you’re feeling uneasy now. Your survival instinct is kicking in.
Fear is a nasty taskmaster that robs us of time and energy we can’t get back. So here’s how I see it: “general unease” is actually a wake up call for greater personal responsibility. By taking charge you redirect the energy in a more positive direction. For example, here are four areas you can affect, right now, by acting instead of worrying about something that may (or may not) come to pass:
Take stock of what you know today, and what you don’t. Refresh your recruiting skills, learn something new, or stretch yourself to apply what you know in a new way. Read, take a class, work on a certification – do something, anything, to keep learning.
Balancing the national budget may be difficult, but take it to your own back yard. Set a budget. Spend less. Save more. Eliminate debt. Fiscal responsibility starts at home, and that’s the truth.
What are you waiting for? Be visible, and not just with candidates and hiring managers. Network with your peers. Build your personal brand. Find other recruiters who (just like you) have little to gain immediately from the transaction. Invest in your local or industry recruiting networks, and give more than you expect to get. Visibility is something you manage daily.
There’s a reason why humans are generally born with two hands: one is to pull ourselves up to the next level, and the other is to reach behind and help someone get there too. Do good. Be kind. Give back. The legacy you leave really does matter.
The key to managing fear is action, and the key to effective action is planning in advance. If you’re worried about it, create a backup plan for the worst case scenario. Create several, in fact. But don’t just sit there and worry about it.
Now get back to work, before your boss has a really good reason to let you go.
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