Thursday, October 09, 2008

Hiring and Job Search Stress Management

We’ve all been there – the hiring manager is screaming that a position needs to be filled pronto. The rest of the staff around the position can’t bear the burden. As a busy recruiter I’ve talked with hundreds of under the gun employers. They need talent NOW but struggle to find what they need. Unfortunately, especially in healthcare and the life sciences we find this challenge over and over. Because of the shortage of able talent the search goes on and on and on – in some cases.

On the flip side, as a diligent job seeker who is working a job search few things can be as frustrating as no feedback!

I don’t have answers to these challenges, but I can offer a perspective. Communicate often and communicate well. Keep it up and even if the listener doesn’t like the answer; the message is easier to deal with than the ambiguity of no answer.

That’s it. Simple and sweet.

Now here are some other thoughts about relieving stress:

* Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.

* Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

* Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

* Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.

* If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

* If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

* It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to be kind to others.

* Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

* Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

* It's the second mouse that gets the cheese.

* When everything’s coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

* Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

* Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

* We could learn a lot from crayons... Some are sharp, some are pretty, and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

*A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

If you have any other stress busters to share – I welcome them.

Success by design.

Happy and healthy hiring – one candidate at a time.