Recruiters — are you creating your own stress?

Recruitment is a very stressful sector to work in but have you ever thought that you may be creating your own stress?

In a previous blog, 8 stress management tips for recruiters, I gave you some stress management tips to help you manage stress better and become more resilient. I mentioned that to reduce stress and feel better you need to understand the root causes of your stress and take action to address these causes. However have you ever thought that you may actually be creating your own stress?


Here are some examples of when you may be creating your own stress and what you can do differently to reduce stress.

Self created pressures

How often do you create stress by putting pressure on yourself such as setting unrealistic deadlines, taking on too much, or by being a perfectionist (e.g. working long hours due to agreeing to an extremely tight client deadline)?

Consider what pressures you are putting on yourself and change things to reduce stress.

Reaction to change and unexpected events

Stress can be caused by how you react to change and unexpected events (e.g. the company you work for announces a reorganisation). Things never stand still and life is full of surprises.

To reduce stress, accept that change and unexpected events happen, re-plan as a result and adapt accordingly.

The past and what has happened

Thinking about the past can create stress as you may worry about what you did or what you should have done (e.g. Why did you put that candidate you had doubts about forward to the client?).

To feel less stressed, accept that you cannot change the past, see the past as learning and focus on now and the future.

What might or might not happen

How often do you get stressed as a result of your mind creating scenarios of what might or might not happen in the future (e.g. the client won’t like your favoured candidate)? But do any of those scenarios ever happen?

To feel less stressed stop thinking through what might or might not happen and focus on making things happen and taking action.

Feeling you have no options or choices

It is easy to feel stressed because you feel that you have no options or choices (e.g. business is slow and you feel that you need to accepted work at discounted prices).

To feel less stressed remember you always have choices and options.

Other people and their behaviour

Stress can arise because of how you react to the behaviour of others and by making assumptions about how they are thinking or feeling (e.g. you feel a colleague doesn’t like you).

To feel less stressed accept that you cannot control the behaviour of others but you can change your reaction to them. Don’t make assumptions, check the facts and talk to them to understand their perspective.

Things outside of your control

You can easily get stressed by things that are outside your control (e.g. candidates not turning up for interviews).

To reduce stress, understand what is within and outside your control and stay focused on the things that you can control.

Unhelpful thinking

Stress can arise because of how you think about things (e.g. always seeing the negative side of things).

For less stress, step back and understand the way you are thinking and where your thinking is unhelpful look at how you can think differently.

So what stress and pressure are you creating for yourself?

Liz Makin

Liz Makin provides personalised business coaching, business mentoring and stress management services to business owners, directors, managers and professionals and has created two online video based course 'Stress management for business owners, directors & managers' and ‘Stress management for life: how to reduce and manage stress’ which show you how to reduce your current stress, manage stress positively going forward and build your resilience to stress over time.

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