Does anyone have advice about overcoming the dreaded recruiting wall?  I have been in the industry for 15 years and am at a point where I find no joy in the job anymore and find it impossible to find any interest in the jobs I am recruiting on.    I have done technology recruiting for the term of my career.

Is it time to make a change into a different niche?

Any help is appreciated.

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We all encounter challenges in our career -- some self-imposed and some imposed by external forces.  If you truly find your work joyless, perhaps you need to reconsider what is your passion in Life.  I've always thought that Ovid's words "When Death comes, let it take me at my work," made sense, IF the chosen work was what one most loved and enjoyed.

What niche are you in?  How would you most accurately describe it?  "Technology" is such a broad label, and almost meaningless.  Perhaps you aren't really in a "niche" at all... but merely floundering about looking for what truly interests you. If not, perhaps you will find another job which is better suited for you, but probably NOT until you truly introspect and decide what your passion is.

--- I'm sure that's all a lot of garbage, but it's the best I could come up with!  Good luck!

  • First and foremost, I truly appreciate your taking the time to reply to my post.   I agree that it is vital to be doing something you are passionate about.  In hindsight, I believe I am still passionate about being a headhunter.   I enjoy the aspect of the research and the hunt for candidates.   When i referenced technology, i also agree that it is a broad term.   I have been a generalist most of my career within the tech space recruiting developers, dba's,.... to name a few.   I guess because it is so broad and difficult to find traction at times is what is burning me out.   I never really loved recruiting for technology, just fell into it and at the time it was a different marketplace and different environment.   I truly want to be in a niche where it is a purely candidate driven market, one with less candidates and less clients.   But what that is i do not know.   not sure if that makes a lot of sense but that is what i got....
  • Tks 


Nicholas Meyler said:

We all encounter challenges in our career -- some self-imposed and some imposed by external forces.  If you truly find your work joyless, perhaps you need to reconsider what is your passion in Life.  I've always thought that Ovid's words "When Death comes, let it take me at my work," made sense, IF the chosen work was what one most loved and enjoyed.

What niche are you in?  How would you most accurately describe it?  "Technology" is such a broad label, and almost meaningless.  Perhaps you aren't really in a "niche" at all... but merely floundering about looking for what truly interests you. If not, perhaps you will find another job which is better suited for you, but probably NOT until you truly introspect and decide what your passion is.

--- I'm sure that's all a lot of garbage, but it's the best I could come up with!  Good luck!

What is your favorite thing to do?  Or, what are your favorite things to do?  Try to recruit in those realms.  If Technology isn't your passion, then what is?  I can see it would be very easy to get burnt out on recruiting DBAs.  What's unique about them? You need to search for something that individuates yourself, not the dominant market trend.  I tried recruiting in a new field (Ruby coders) because there was a large demand for them, but I discovered that they mostly were uncreative, unhappy, and unsatisfactory people to be involved with.  You need to recruit people with a pulse, and who do something you share excitement about.

Greg said:

  • First and foremost, I truly appreciate your taking the time to reply to my post.   I agree that it is vital to be doing something you are passionate about.  In hindsight, I believe I am still passionate about being a headhunter.   I enjoy the aspect of the research and the hunt for candidates.   When i referenced technology, i also agree that it is a broad term.   I have been a generalist most of my career within the tech space recruiting developers, dba's,.... to name a few.   I guess because it is so broad and difficult to find traction at times is what is burning me out.   I never really loved recruiting for technology, just fell into it and at the time it was a different marketplace and different environment.   I truly want to be in a niche where it is a purely candidate driven market, one with less candidates and less clients.   But what that is i do not know.   not sure if that makes a lot of sense but that is what i got....
  • Tks 


Nicholas Meyler said:

We all encounter challenges in our career -- some self-imposed and some imposed by external forces.  If you truly find your work joyless, perhaps you need to reconsider what is your passion in Life.  I've always thought that Ovid's words "When Death comes, let it take me at my work," made sense, IF the chosen work was what one most loved and enjoyed.

What niche are you in?  How would you most accurately describe it?  "Technology" is such a broad label, and almost meaningless.  Perhaps you aren't really in a "niche" at all... but merely floundering about looking for what truly interests you. If not, perhaps you will find another job which is better suited for you, but probably NOT until you truly introspect and decide what your passion is.

--- I'm sure that's all a lot of garbage, but it's the best I could come up with!  Good luck!

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