The ‘Silent’ Thank You for Recruiting

Recruiting can be a tough field. If you’re not careful, it can wear on you emotionally, psychologically, and physically. As recruiters, we are in a world that constantly seeks more, more, and more. Send more candidates, fill more positions, and schedule more interviews … and the list goes on and on.

We operate in a field that rarely gets a public thank you for the work that we do. Yet, we carry the weight of whatever company or client we serve on our shoulders.

Fault is laid at the feet of the recruiters for the revenue lost until the vacancies are filled. Why? Because it is the recruiters responsibility to fill the vacancies.

So, if you want to hear about ways to gain recognition in your recruiting arena, this is not for you. However, if you want a little encouragement to keep up the good fight, then keep reading.

Whether or not you are aware, there are many ways in which you are actually receiving a “silent” thank you and you don’t even know it.

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  • Does the hiring manager schedule an interview with the candidate who you have submitted for review?
  • Does the candidate who you have submitted to a hiring manager get a second interview?
  • Does the candidate who you have submitted get a job offer?
  • Does the candidate who gets the interview accept the job offer?
  • Has any candidate who you have ever recruited to a company been promoted?
  • Has any candidate who you have ever gotten hired been recognized as a top achiever?
  • Have time-to-fill metrics reduced since you joined the recruiting team?
  • Has your training on interviewing skills improved the quality of interaction between hiring managers and candidates?

These are just a few of the ways that we receive a “silent” thank you from our clients and candidates.

So today and moving forward, take a moment, reflect on all of the keys roles and activities on which you make an impact every day and know that while the thank you may not be public, your work has not gone unnoticed. Make an effort to remember there are many different forms of a “silent” thank you and I assure you, that your days will be fulfilled, energized, and motivated.

Please accept this public thank you from me, your fellow recruiting colleague, to you. Keep up the great work!

Tangie Pettis is a high-energy, award-winning, and innovative thought leader in the talent-acquisition field. She has spent 20 years as a strategic recruitment business partner with well-known organizations across the nation including Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Home Depot (RPO), DaVita, Charlotte Russe, Aeropostale, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Tangie has a dynamic approach to candidate sourcing, process design and implementation. She is an active speaker and author in the recruiting community, often called upon for her expertise in candidate and hiring manager engagement. Tangie serves on the SourceCon Technology Advisory Committee and has shared her insights with SourceCon, ERE Media, Recruiting Daily #HRTX, and HCI.

She speaks. She writes. She trains. And she loves every minute of it!