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Integrating Recruitment Into Every Facet of Your Life

Posted By Jeff Battinus On October 2, 2012 @ 2:25 am In Advice and How-Tos | 11 Comments

I have been a recruiter for nearly a decade now. Being a recruiter is not for everybody; however, for me it is a way of life. I truly enjoy it, and finding this pure enjoyment in what I do professionally has made what seems like a difficult profession to most become relatively seamless to me.

Don’t get me wrong — I have my days. There are the standard frustrations, ups and downs, and the things that happen that make me take a step back and say “ the candidate did what!?” We are dealing with human capital, the most volatile and important resource known to man, and there is a certain degree of absurdity you need to work within from time to time.

I was doing some reflection the other day, as to why things seem to just come together for me so often with passive candidates, [1] hiring managers, and other areas within recruitment, and I found one simple trend.

I never stop recruiting. When I say never, I mean that I am always looking to connect people to their exciting next step in their profession. I don’t just get a requisition and fill it. I am actively working to fill other companies’ positions as well. I connect friends, loved ones, and strangers with one another because I get a true level of satisfaction from it.

The side effect of doing this is that people are always introducing other people to me. These people refer more people, and it has a cascading effect. I always answer my phone, and am always willing to listen to and talk to strangers. I have no inhibitions or apprehensions of striking up a conversation with anybody, and it almost always leads into a game of referrals. Most importantly, it’s fun!

I make my contacts work for me; I make my personal life work for my professional life; my volunteer work assists my professional work; and vice versa. I also make my friends and acquaintances work for each other. I do this sometimes without knowing, and ultimately it reduces my stress level at work by working smarter rather than harder.

Recruiting is a profession for some, an art to others, but for me it is a way of connecting and ultimately helping people. It is essentially a way of life.


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