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My Tips for the Recruitment Industry #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek – Lauren Baines

I’m pretty sure that anybody who has worked in recruitment will agree that it can be an emotional rollercoaster. As time passes though, you learn how to manage the pitfalls and enjoy the ride.

However, it doesn’t seem to matter how experienced you are when you’ve got a lot going on personally and your work day takes an unexpected turn… suddenly, it seems impossible not to lose it when “Richard” skips out on his interview approximately 33 seconds before he was due in. On any other day you’d just call your client, explain the situation and book your next best candidate in for the following day… in less than 5 minutes you’re the hero and your client realises that Richard was just living up to his more colloquial nickname. But instead you vent it out to the candidate, waste your time where you could have been more productive and nine times out of ten feel no better for it.

So how can you best avoid your inner hulk making an appearance when you are having a rough time and things go pear shaped at work?

Talk to your colleagues.

I’m not saying divulge your deepest secrets, but you’ll be surprised how much better you’ll feel by simply letting them know you aren’t yourself that day/week/month or whatever. You’d also be surprised by the levels of empathy your fellow recruiters have. On the flip side if you notice someone isn’t themselves, then drop your alter ego and ongoing battle for top biller, and ask them if they are ok.

Last week I found out something in my personal life that caused me to wobble a bit. Three of my colleagues came to me separately to ask me if I was alright before I’d had chance to mention it, or we’d even reached lunch for that matter. It genuinely made a massive difference to my day and in honesty, saved my week at work being an unproductive mess; so thanks if you’re reading this because you’ll know who you are.

Moral(s) of the story here… if you are having a nightmare time, lower your guard (even just an inch) and talk to somebody. If your colleague is looking out of sorts then take a minute away from your day and see it they are alright.

Recruitment can be awesome, but it can also be a tough gig when you’re having a hard time, so look out for each other!


Last year, VIQU signed the Time to Change pledge, promising to raise awareness in the workplace and continually review internal mental health policies. If you’d like to find out more about Time to Change, click here.


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