When you become a recruiter, you have the ability to make wonderful things happen in your life and the lives of others, from those you place to the clients you serve and their customers. While it is essential to be highly organized and good at building and maintaining relationships, your success will largely depend on one thing: your desire to do well.
“For a long time, I sat in monthly luncheons watching the same people win awards and thinking that I could never be one of them,” says Eric Boucher, physician advisor and team lead, who began his career as a recruiter roughly four years ago in the Psychiatry division of Medicus Healthcare Solutions. “Then one day, I realized something that became a game changer for me. The people who were most successful had a self-starter mentality and a positive attitude. They believed they could accomplish anything as long as they put in the work and stayed the course.”
So Boucher decided to adjust his outlook and follow his successful colleagues’ example. Shortly thereafter, he began to see the fruits of his labor and achieve his own amazing results. Here are six tips that could put you on a similar path.
- Learn from mistakes. To err is human, as the saying goes, so resist the urge to beat yourself up when you make an honest mistake—particularly if it was done while trying to help someone or improve a situation. Instead, accept responsibility for your slipups and use those opportunities to learn, grow, and find a better way to achieve a favorable outcome.
- Accentuate the positive. You have the power to choose how you view obstacles, and the way you frame a challenge determines how you will deal with it. It may help to understand that no matter the situation, one of your coworkers has likely gone through it, too. Instead of focusing on the negative and potentially getting trapped by fear or doubt, put issues into perspective and concentrate on what will move you forward.
- Be a sponge. Soak up everything that goes on around you—on your team, within your organization, and in your industry. In addition to absorbing information and broadening your knowledge base, ask questions and listen intently to what others—from peers, to leaders, to clients—have to say.
- Carry yourself like a leader. You do not have to be part of the C-Suite (or even aspire to be) to convey an executive demeanor. Present yourself in a professional manner, and welcome opportunities to help others whenever possible. You can polish your presence by identifying your strengths and weaknesses—and working on both—and emulating the behaviors of those you admire. If you operate with integrity, purpose, and authority, you will have the aura of leadership, and earn the respect of customers and colleagues in the process.
- Participate in company events and activities. There are countless reasons to take part in company goings-on. For a start, they allow for more relaxed interactions, which can strengthen existing friendships, and give you the chance to socialize and possibly collaborate with people you do not get to spend time with during a typical workday. Moreover, company events—such as an Ugly Sweater Day or Pumpkin-Carving Palooza—encourage creativity, and programs, from running clubs to mothers’ groups, present further occasions for inspiration and camaraderie.
- Know that you can achieve anything. You are in control of your destiny—a potent and awesome realization. If you are committed to your goal and willing to put in the time and effort that is required to reach it, you will get there.
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