How to fight stress as a recruiter

Erik Fiala
Erik Fiala
Founder, CEO at Source
Jan 13, 2023
2 min read
Woman sitting behind a laptop looking stressed

Being a recruiter can be a pretty stressful gig. You're constantly juggling multiple candidates, trying to fill open positions, and dealing with the demands of hiring managers. But just because it's stressful, doesn't mean you have to let it take over your life. Here are a few tips for how to fight stress as a recruiter.

1. Take care of yourself

This means eating well, getting plenty of sleep, and exercising regularly. When your body feels good, it's easier to handle the stress that comes with the job.

2. Prioritize your tasks

Don't try to do everything at once. Instead, make a list of what needs to be done and tackle it one item at a time. This will help you feel more in control of your workload and reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed.

3. Establish boundaries

You don't have to be available 24/7. Set specific times when you will and will not respond to emails or take phone calls. This will help you maintain a sense of balance and prevent burnout.

4. Find an outlet for your emotions

This could be anything from going for a run, to writing in a journal, to talking to a friend. Whatever helps you let off steam and clear your head is a great way to cope with the demands of the job.

5. Celebrate your success

When you land a great candidate or fill a hard-to-fill position, take a moment to acknowledge your accomplishment. This will give you a sense of satisfaction and remind you why you love the job in the first place.


Being a recruiter can be stressful, but it doesn't have to consume you. By taking care of yourself, prioritizing your tasks, setting boundaries, finding an outlet, and celebrating your successes, you can keep stress at bay and enjoy the rewards of being a recruiter.

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