Being in the recruitment business can be a stressful one, and especially when you are dealing with startups. The biggest challenge in startup hiring is that they are hiring for the first time and you as their recruitment specialist have to make sure that they hire someone with the right skills at the right level.
Moreover, you don’t just have to hire candidates for them but also need to educate the startups to validate their requirements, optimize their processes and move forward with a smooth recruitment process. All this can be extremely stressful, however managing your stress can make things a whole lot easier.
Here are some tips on how to do so.
1- Always set goals and plans, and take action towards them
Set daring, yet reasonable goals, make sure you understand what you need for achieving them, and develop a realistic action plan. Set priorities, and don’t be afraid to reassign them whenever needed. Take action, monitor your progress, and make the necessary corrections to stay on the right track. Break down big goals and larger projects into smaller ones, in order to make them more manageable.
2- Actively keep tabs on your work
Keep tabs on your work, and always look back to see who your progress looks like. Beware of all distractions preventing you from being efficient, and try to manage all things that might slow you down in your work. Stay up to date with everything in your company by asking for regular feedback and by monitoring the key performance indicators. In addition, ask your customers to give you feedback on your services and on the behaviour of your employees, as this is going to enable you to implement corrective measures, if needed. Develop and maintain good relationships with stakeholders, and always have business agreements and insurance coverage in place for all projects.
3- Use effective time management strategies
Learn how to organize your time and how to outsource work and delegate tasks, avoid procrastination and distractions, and you’ll notice an improvement in your efficiency and work productivity. A website could help cut down on time used and is a good strategy – 4Mat has some good tips in there.
4- Don’t try to control everything around you
Accept that past is beyond your control, ad that change is an inherent part of life. Be flexible and willing to reschedule things whenever needed, accept that unexpected events may occur, and don’t get frustrated for not being able to control things that are beyond your power. Stay focused on those things you can actually control.
5- Learn to let go and change the way you think
By understanding what are those things that are really important to you, you can focus on what matters rather than spreading yourself too thin. Analyze your thinking, and don’t be afraid to change it, should you notice you worry too much for minor details. Worry doesn’t make things happen, so you should keep it under control.
6- Change your business management approach
Be ready to say no to people, set your boundaries and don’t allow others to trespass them, be assertive and take responsibility for your decisions. Celebrate success, and be grateful for your achievements. Don’t panic, try to maintain your focus and your clear thinking, trust your experience and your intuition. Think about other challenges you’ve managed to overcome in the past, and figure out a way to deal with the actual situation. Avoid perfectionism, but try to aim high when setting your goals.
7- Ask for help
Don’t shy away from asking others for help and support. Build your own circle of trusted contacts, and make use of it.
8- Have a life outside work
Life is more than your work. Acknowledge this by taking holidays, by avoiding working overtime, and by improving your lifestyle. Stress can be good when properly managed, so don’t avoid it. Rather try to deal with it and see it as a chance to improve yourself.