Recruiters – The World is Bigger Than Your Desk

There are many reasons I adore my current boss – I was reminded of one just the other day. I was coming off an especially grueling couple of weeks. One particular search, which should have been an easy fill, had become nothing short of a nightmare. Without going into all the gory detail (I’d like to keep my job) let’s just say there had been a communication breakdown between me and my client. As a corporate recruiter, my only option is to keep working with this person. I can’t give it to another recruiter (we’re aligned by business group), I can’t “fire” the client, and no one was coming to my rescue. I finally reached my breaking point, sat in my boss’ office, and burst into tears.


My boss did the only reasonable thing. She pulled that day’s paper out of the recycle bin, slapped it down on the desk in front of me and pointed out whatever horrible headline was leading the news. Look at what’s happening in the world, she said. Cry about THAT. Cry after the election, if you really must (I guess depending on if the guy you support wins or not). But this? Work? Don’t cry over this. IT’S JUST RECRUITING. THE WORLD IS BIGGER THAN YOUR DESK.




I’ll admit it – I often find myself smack dab in the center of the universe thinking the world as I know it will end if I don’t close this deal. If I don’t earn this commission. If that client doesn’t return my call. Guess what - life goes on. There are at least six billion other people on the planet who could care less if my favorite candidate gets hired.


Yesterday we remembered the tragedy of 9/11. I was managing a staffing office that day, and I can tell you my team did not conduct a single interview. Life went on. Today we’re watching events unfold in the Middle East including (as of this post) the assassination of our Ambassador to Libya. My boss is right. There are those who have it worse than me.


I have a job. I have a family that loves me, co-workers that like me. I win more than I lose at this recruiting thing. My life is generally pretty awesome. Bad days will happen – deals will fall through, clients will piss you off, and the world will seem to be against you. Life will go on. The best advice I got last week on my very-bad-no-good day? Go home and hug your kids. The work will be here tomorrow. The world is bigger than your desk.

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Comment by Scott Corwin on September 19, 2012 at 6:42pm

Amy - All I need is a name and an address... I'm from Chicago...consider it handled... 

Comment by Amy Ala Miller on September 19, 2012 at 7:39pm

haha... thanks Scott I'll keep that in mind! :)

Comment by Martin O'Shea on September 19, 2012 at 11:54pm

What does one do when we know the desk is going to be terrible for 9hours! feel like quitting today!

Comment by Amy Ala Miller on September 20, 2012 at 11:39am
Martin- promise yourself you'll quit tomorrow. :) inevitably something good will happen and change your mind!

John, so true.
Comment by Martin O'Shea on September 21, 2012 at 12:00am

Thanks Amy, for everybody's relief I am still here today!  maybe it's because its a end of the week, Happy Friday! 


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