One of the biggest misconceptions about human resources and recruiting is that it's a 9-5 schedule. In a decade of hiring, I've yet to meet an HR leader who works a 40 hour week.
It seems like every emergency is off hours and on weekends! The workload is often high and everything is a priority - which means something (and more like someone!) always is neglected or relegated to the bottom of the list.
Beyond the permanent on-call status, the emotional toll of being in hiring and human resources is high. When you're dealing with people's livelihoods, it can be particularly disheartening to always be the bearer of bad news. Whether that be terminations, write-ups, poor performance reviews, investigations or continually rejecting people for jobs. In hiring, only one person is getting the job - which means you are constantly letting people down for opportunities.
It can get soul-crushing real fast.
So when people ask me how to avoid burnout in HR and recruiting, I only have one answer: pick an industry you absolutely love.
If you're passionate about the field you work in, It will get you through the emotionally explosive days, tough clients, and long weeks.
There has to be more than the job itself to sustain you and if you're excited about the people you are interacting with, it goes a long way.
If you hate the monotony of recruiting for manufacturing, switch to something that excites you: fitness, executives, beauty, hospitality, fashion, legal, healthcare and so on. There are SO many fields out there!
I've spent 17 years in the hospitality industry (10 years of that in recruiting) and couldn't be more excited about the types of clients and candidates I work with. I've even niched down further from general hospitality to specifically culinary recruiting (aka hiring chefs!!).
For every time I want to put my head down on my desk, there is a chef we placed winning an accolade or a high profile new restaurant opening.
If you're feeling burnt out, definitely taking a day off for yourself and really think about your career trajectory. Are you excited about what you do on a daily basis? Would it be more exciting if it was in an industry that speaks to your heart?
If so, starting plotting your next career move.
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