Top 10 Reasons WHY Having ADD Is Truly A Benefit When You Are a RECRUITER!

1. Compassion ~ People with ADD have a tremendous power to connect with other people. But it goes a step further than that. We also have an advanced ability to empathize with others, and to see many different perspectives.

2. Creativity ~ Have you ever met an ADDer who wasn’t creative!???? Recruiters, Writers, painters, musicians, film makers, designers, sculptors, comedians – the list goes on! Artistic talents are abundant. Composers Mozart and Beethoven are believed to have had ADD.

3. Drive ~ When an ADDer is bored with a task, completing it can seem like torture. But give an ADDer an interesting project to work on and watch out! When a Recruiter wants to succeed they will make their own rules and tools to ensure their success!

4. Problem Solving ~ Ability ADDers thrive on solving problems and puzzles. Give a Recruiter an interesting problem to solve and they won’t be able to drop it until we’ve found the solution! Important historical inventors such as Thomas Edison and Thomas Jefferson are believed to have had ADD.

5. Hyper-Focus ~ The ability to hyper-focus is something that ADDers can use to their advantage. When kept under control and directed towards productive tasks, like accomplishing goals and living dreams, it can be an incredible asset that allows a Recruiter to get the job done, and done well!

6. Sense of Humor/Comedic Flair ~ Most ADDers love to laugh, and many also have a knack for making others laugh! Famous comedians such as Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams are rumored to have ADD.

7. Resiliency ~ There’s no denying that even though there are many great qualities that come along with ADD, there are also challenges. But ADDers have an incredible ability to bounce back from those challenges, and others’ criticism of those challenges that Recruiter’s endured.

8. Intuition ~ ADDers have a sharp sense of intuition. This may be due to highly tuned levels of perception, or great insight into the human mind, or something else that Recruiters have yet to understand. Whatever the reason, it’s a very useful gift!

9. Idea Generating ~ ADDers are wonderful idea generators. Recruiters don’t usually like to be bothered with details, but they can come up with ideas at lightning speed! They are a true asset in brainstorming meetings!

10. That “Special Something” ~ Many ADDers feel that they have a unique way of looking at the world, a perspective that others just don’t understand. That is, until the ADDer meets other people with ADD! You might say that Recruiters on our own wavelength!

In closing, I have to say without these building blocks built into our DNA would you really ever want to be a RECRUITER???

Have a GREAT Day!

Rebecca B. Sargeant

Recruiter’s Career Coach

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Comment by Slouch on November 10, 2010 at 4:41pm
On one hand, this post makes me happy and on the other hand it's not easy to get through. My son has ADD and it was through his diagnosis that my father looked at me and said, I always knew you were misdiagnosed as a kid. As a kid, my parents took me from one doctor to another to another and until my mother said, you know if you end up working in a gas station, we will still love you and I stopped being taken to doctors.

After my son was diagnosed,I went to a specialist here in Toronto that deals with adult ADD and after many many hours of testing and conversation, it turned out I have a serious case. I couldn't finish high school and spent my youth being told by those around me that I didn't love anything and that I was irresponsible and completely selfish. I never agreed with those statements but it was hard to argue with it based on how I acted and responded to things.

It's not an easy thing to live with and it's a lot harder for those who have to live people who have ADD. My diagnosis took place about 2 years ago and I started taking biphentin and I took it until recently. It caused a lot of problems and this happens frequently when adults start taking it and all of a sudden there is a high degree of clarity that takes over. You see things that you couldn't see before and for me, it wasn't good.

As a recruiter, I did well. I did better at being a recruiter than anything I had ever done before. I didn't know I had ADD while running my recruiting firm and those who I hired and taught to be recruiters fit into all the things you say in your post. The best of them were musicians.
Comment by Wendy Hatch on November 11, 2010 at 9:31am
Enjoyed the article. Thank you. As an "ADD/ADHDer" I was blessed to find Sourcing/Recruiting.
Comment by Dan Hunter on November 11, 2010 at 9:36am
I also think OCD is useful as a recruiter.
Comment by Tom Brown on November 11, 2010 at 9:40am
Great Article Rebecca!

Until I read "You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?!: The Classic Self-Help Book for Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder" - I didn't know what I could do with all of those traits.
Once I learned - I became confident that I will always be employed in the right field! Blessing? - Sure - Curse? - Sometimes. One thing I know all good Recruiters will admit to: when it clicks... it clicks!
Comment by Harvey Daniels on November 11, 2010 at 10:20am
Rebecca, this was a great post, and I really enjoyed reading it. I do have two comments to express, but I don't want these misinterpreted as criticisms of your article, which was very creative in itself.

One, I think it's important to recognize that the second "D" in "ADD" stands for "Disorder," and this component should not be taken lightly. Those who suffer from this disorder (I am not one of them) often have a very difficult time with it--sometimes even after it's properly diagnosed (as evidenced by Slouch, above, for example). I realize that your mission was to offer a potential positive outcome for those with this disorder, and you should be strongly commended for that.

My second point is to establish that it is possible that each of the traits mentioned in your post could be possessed by people without ADD (despite the presence or absence of a natural tendency toward those traits). I know that you did not intended to suggest otherwise--I just wanted to point this out to all your interested readers who may lack the disorder not to feel that ADD is a prerequisite for recruiting success.

I'm going out of my way here to ensure that my comments are not improperly interpreted. I think this was a great article, and really appreciated your providing hope and possible direction to an under-served segment of our population, all with the intention of providing a win-win result. Thank you.
Comment by Jason Monastra on November 11, 2010 at 10:55am
I enjoyed the article as well, it appears to address a great deal of the versatility and multi-tasking ability that recruiters must possess to be successful. However, I agree with Harvey that the association with ADD, though a play on words might come across in the wrong fashion. I am certain the intent was never to make light of someone's disorder but people can be sensitive, and I am certain in this forum that at least one professionals suffers from the disorder.
Comment by Lesley Hardy on November 11, 2010 at 1:24pm
I dont have ADD but your article absolutely resonated with me. I consider myself to be all of that without the disorder. I just bore easily. (Or am I in denial?)
I always say I exist best in the ether. If I had to focus on just one thing, I have a time limit on it. If I can juggle many things at the same time, nailing each assignment as part of the big juggle, Im at my happiest.

Not sure we have ADD. I think we are just differently abled and little bit mad. You have to be :-)
Comment by Christopher Gibson on November 11, 2010 at 4:08pm
Thanks for sharing. Guess I'm in the right business after all.
Comment by Ann Luna on November 11, 2010 at 5:27pm
Great post! One Christmas I received a T-shirt that said: "People say I have A.D.D. but that's ridiculous! They just don't understand...Oh Look! A Chicken!!"
I have been very successful in this ever changing fast paced - work on 20 things at once business. You really summed it up.
Comment by Angela Bertolini on November 12, 2010 at 3:01am
I loved your article Rebecca. My boss will understand me better after I can share your article with him :)
Many thanks


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