How To Avoid Recruiter Burnout

Sep 1 / Steve Lowisz
It’s anything but easy.

Recruiting is a lot of things, but it’s no walk in the park.

As a recruiter, you’re no stranger to long hours. Even worse, all your hard work can go right down the drain when a candidate decides to walk away...leaving you right back at square one.

It’s a recipe for burnout – but there are steps you can take to avoid it. 

Leverage Technology Like Automation 

Automation can be an incredibly useful tool for managing all the steps of the recruiting process. Use automation tools for rapid replies to candidates, follow-up emails when a candidate didn’t reply to your first message, and quick scheduling of new interviews.

You can also leverage screening tools to help you get through that stack of resumes faster. 

Manage Your Time 

It’s really easy to feel overwhelmed when recruiting. The best approach is to break down your day into manageable tasks, then prioritize. Do whatever’s most time-sensitive or important first, and then work your way through the rest of the list. 

Experiment with different routines to see if something else works better. For example, you might find that it’s worth it to spend less time sourcing, and more time crafting targeted outreach messages to the best candidates you’ve already found.   

Set Boundaries and Take Care of Yourself Outside the Office 

When candidates call, text, or email after hours, it’s easy to feel like work is taking over your life. Set strict boundaries and try to leave work in the office. You need time to rest and recharge in order to keep going.

It sounds cliché, but getting regular exercise, eating healthy, and other healthy habits all help ensure you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day.  

Work Smarter, Not Harder 

If you’re feeling burnt out, the answer isn’t to work harder or and wait for the feeling to go away. Take a step back and ask yourself what’s working and what isn’t. Where can you save time? Are their inefficiencies in your process? What would make your life easier? 

Chances are the talent shortage won’t lighten up any time soon, so the pressure on recruiters won’t let up either. That’s why it’s key to build a process and lifestyle for yourself that allows you to avoid the dreaded burnout!