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Mental Space: the Final Frontier for Recruiters

Mental Space: the Final Frontier for Recruiters
From Recruiter - August 19, 2016

A professional friend of mine who has worked her way up through recruiting and HR saw my article on hiring a denial diplomat and wrote to me with a question: How does one stay objective and find ways to be creative in a job that is often repetitivewading through a never-empty email account full of negative impatience from people who filled out an application yesterday but expect an answer today?

My answer was objectivity. Create your own mental space within your workspace. Certainly, many recruiters will say: Space is a nice idea, but Ive got clients and a boss, and Im not on company time to do anything else but what they pay me for.

That is an admirable attitudebut inaccurate. You were hired because you could make good hiring decisions that would promote your agency, align candidates with companies, and provide companies with quality employees. That demands objectivity. A strong recruiter has got to back away from the barrage of input and regain that professional objectivity a few times per day.

One can create space to maintain that objectivity. With a little schedule-remodeling, one can make better decisions than if one simply tries to attack the stack.

1. Take 15

Take 15 minutes after every two hours of study to do something elsewrite, draw, knit, write a music score, etc. It should be something that is not interactive (like Facebook, for example), but something that you love to do. Surfing the Web isnt purposeful; writing the next stanza of a poem, or adding some shading to a section of a drawing, or writing a love letter to your sweetheartwith paper and pen!or taking a short walk outside ispurposeful.

2. Personalize Your Mind, Not Your Office

My recruiting for college programs was done in a conference room. It had none of me in it. However, I had my journal and pens in my briefcase. Between every session, I took 15 minutes to work on my novelnow finished, completed in a room that wasnt mine, so something needed to be.

3.A Table For One

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