By GAPS • October 11, 2018
“Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life!”
We’ve all heard this all-too-common cliché too many times to keep track by this point. People hang it up on their walls and desks, printed on t-shirts and stuck to the bumpers of their cars. Young graduates in particular are inundated with this adage, as if it’s somehow the only relevant piece of advice they need to make the transition into the workforce. But is it even true? Does loving your job suddenly make you feel like you aren’t working anymore?
This tired expression serves as a reminder that people who find meaning in their work are simply happier than those who don’t. Numerous scientific studies indicate that finding meaning in your work correlates to increased mental health. Among recruiters, where as many as 80% of us eventually fail or change positions, it is important to maintain an upbeat attitude about what you do by reminding yourself of things that give your job meaning! Recruiting is an amazing reason to get out of bed in the morning, and here’s why:
Recruiting, when done properly, can enhance not only our clients and candidates quality of life but also our own. Through our work of connecting people to better jobs, we truly are changing people’s lives! We solve companies’ staffing issues as well as help individuals further their career and life ambitions. Plain and simple, we help people and companies grow and progress! This is all something to be proud of and a duty as well as a pleasure that is often taken for granted.
We are also fortunate enough to have a job with measurable results. If we are making tangible changes in people’s lives, we can see it in our numbers. This means we know when we are doing something right, and we also know when it is time to make a change. Not every profession is blessed with clear, immediate results. Be grateful for it!
We also work in a field that is dependent on personal connections. There is no better feeling than a candidate expressing their gratitude after connecting them with their dream position or a client that thanks you for making the perfect placement. This creates a network of people that will always have a strong positive connection to you, whether you stay in touch or not. Recruiters have the unique ability to generate large numbers of mutually beneficial relationships, something many other professionals find themselves lacking.
So, do you find meaning in your job? If not, take a moment to think about how lucky you are to have a job that is centered around improving other people’s lives. Job seekers are always looking for that perfect fit, and a company doesn't find success without hiring the right employees. Acting as the bridge between these two, recruiters are changing people’s lives for the better. It’s a win/win/win for all of us involved! Maintaining a positive attitude and realizing the value of recruiting can only benefit you and make you more successful at your job.