I have heard the phrase “Ebbs & Flows” a lot throughout my life, but more in the past 9 months of my current position than ever. You see I work in the staffing industry now as a Recruiter who helps staff Office Services (IE, HR, Accounting, Admins, CSRs, etc) and I am embarking on this industry during a time where there are more jobs open than there are people to fill them.
At first, I didn’t realize the major challenge I was embarking on as we struggled to get people in the door every day resulting in the businesses we work with experiencing major financial hardships. As someone who actually enjoys going to work (I know this is controversial nowadays) I am thoroughly baffled at the amount of people who try to get fired, no call no show, ghost, and treat us like shit.
For instance, each and every day I identify people based on their skills, experience, and potential to do amazing jobs with long-term opportunity yet I get treated like I am below them when I do this because I like to help people.. Let me repeat, I do my job because I like to help people.
Some weeks though it’s not event the associates who are assholes, its our clients. I’ll get spoken to like I’m stupid because they missed an email, they’ll ghost me because “they’re too busy but need help so desperately”, or come back to me weeks later because the position and no longer need my help.
In June 2020, prime COVID time, I graduated from college. At that time I applied for hundreds of positions and heard back from less than 5 hiring managers. It took me all the way until October of 2020 to finally have an employer be interested in me and what’s funny is now I’m being headhunted on the daily.
From my experience as a job seeker and a Recruiter I have come to the conclusion to not give up, but also to accept things you cannot change. Actions do not match what the “SOS NEED HELP ASAP” signs. People don’t want to work. You cannot blame yourself for the actions of others. And last but not least, Don’t forget to breathe.
All of this may just seem like a jumbled mess that is probably easy to fix, however it can distract me from the fact that outside of my work life and even my work day, I need to collect myself. I often find myself completely ignoring what I need and become completely engulfed in the ebbs and flows of everything else.
My mental health lately has been a bit rocky but prior to therapy I wasn’t able to recognize when I was on the way to a crash. At least I can feel it right now which is telling me I need to slow down a bit and take a few deep breaths.
You should too.