Like many professions, we know recruitment can be a bit like a rollercoaster with many ups and downs. But what you do in the tough times will determine how likely you are to succeed. Read our tips to find out how you can weather the storm when recruitment gets tough.


Build Relationships 

Work hard to build strong relationships with both candidates and clients. Data has shown it's the relationship that candidates have with recruiters that is the stand-out factor in winning candidates over and seeing them progress all the way through to being successfully hired. When you hit a slump at work, these relationships will help get you focused again.

Be Resilient

It’s normal to have frustrating days, weeks, or even months but resilience is a very important thing to build when working in recruitment. There will be a lot of knock backs, but on the flip side you could be that one call away from picking up that job you were looking for or filling that position.

Think Outside the Box

Everyone knows the market can be tough at times. It can be tempting to throw in the towel but instead try to practice thinking outside of the box. If you try something you may not usually do, it could pay off. Additionally, you will be adding to your skillset!

Ditch Your Comfort Zone

It’s easy to stick to what you know but when things aren’t quite working you have to ask yourself why this might be. A lot of the time we get too comfortable but you won’t get far in recruitment if you don’t step outside of your comfort zone. Try looking to fill whichever positions are necessary and think about expanding your services to clients.

Team Work

When things get tough, talk to your colleagues. Problems often seem worse in our heads and it can help to air out your struggles. It’s more than likely your colleagues will have experienced similar thoughts and feelings. Additionally, in talking to your team, they might have the ideal candidate for your role. You won’t know unless you communicate and collaborate.

Keep Grafting

It might feel like this bad patch is never ending but nothing lasts forever! Be sure to keep grafting (even when it feels impossible) and things will pick up with time. Consistency always wins and by putting in the effort you will see the rewards for your hard work!