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How to recover from recruiter burnout

5 August 2021 at 4:53 pm
Maggie Coggan
Because no one can do their job properly with the candle burning at both ends 

Maggie Coggan | 5 August 2021 at 4:53 pm


How to recover from recruiter burnout
5 August 2021 at 4:53 pm

Because no one can do their job properly with the candle burning at both ends 

Last year was tough for everyone. But for recruiters, it was a particularly unpredictable ride. 

Many companies made the decision to cut staff or stop hiring new employees completely for many months, meaning recruiters were dealing with a lot of upset people looking for jobs that weren’t there.  

And when the market did bounce back at the end of 2020, recruiters were flooded with a whole lot of new work and clients as the world returned to a post-pandemic normal. 

This uncertainty in the industry can lead to putting work first while mental health and wellbeing get pushed to last – a perfect recipe for burnout.  

It’s why we’ve rounded up some of the best ways recruiters can bounce back from burnout well into the future.  

Recognise when enough’s enough 

You might feel like you have to manage everything the world is throwing at you, but you have to remember that you can only manage so much. If you think you have, or are about to, hit the point of burn out, reach out for help. This is definitely easier said than done, but if you flag it with your manager then the situation can be managed before it turns into a smoking mess.

Your manager might help rearrange your workload or even take some things off your plate, helping you to refocus and reset. 

Build a support network 

It’s important during stressful times you have a positive and healthy outlet. By reaching out to friends to tell them how you’re feeling, or letting a colleague know that you’re feeling burnt out, you won’t have to carry the weight of the problem on your shoulders, making it way easier to deal with. 

Set your boundaries 

Saying yes to absolutely everything that comes your way isn’t a wise move when you’re feeling burnt out. Instead, think about your priorities and what you absolutely need to do, and what you can actually manage at this point in time. Remember that the world won’t fall apart if you say no to a couple of things, and by setting strong boundaries, you will be able to return to full speed sooner rather than later. 


If you, or someone you know, is really struggling with their mental wellbeing call Lifeline on 13 11 14 for 24 hour over-the-phone support. 


And if you’re looking for skilled employees to join your NFP’s team, post a role on our jobs board or shoot us an email at to have a chat about your recruitment needs.

Maggie Coggan  |  Journalist  |  @MaggieCoggan

Maggie Coggan is a journalist at Pro Bono News covering the social sector.

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