I have always believed that recruitment is not rocket science. We are not SpaceX or NASA engineers helping to get humankind to the stars, and we do not create inventions that impact millions of lives. But we are pretty close to that because we bring incredible talent to our companies. By changing the life of one candidate, we help change the lives of others through the work they do.

Having a job where you affect lives and companies is rewarding, but there is a downside to working as a recruiter: the constant stress and pressure from hiring managers and leaders. And all that could easily lead to burnout.

What Are Burnout Symptoms?

If you feel anxious, resentful, exhausted, overwhelmed, and hopeless regarding an increased workload, it might be the first sign of burnout.

It is important to take these symptoms seriously when you notice them. Do not believe that they are superficial and will be gone in time. Healthcare professionals say that burnout is a real threat to your physical and mental health and could result in more serious implications if allowed to continue.

The positive news is that several effective initiatives are in place to solve this issue. But first, you need to eradicate this mindset that it’s a concern.

How to Tell Your Boss

Being open about your workload is the first step. The right leader is there to help, and with the disproportionate effect on your life at work, you must speak to them, as awkward as it might be.

Set Up a One-on-One Meeting


Whether it’s in person or online, you must have this conversation in a private environment. You can discuss the issue whenever you see your boss individually—for example, at a monthly one-on-one meeting. You can also ask your manager to arrange a private meeting with you for a half-hour.

Offer Solutions

Consider possible solutions before going into your conversation. Consider what the “best” looks like. Perhaps it is time to concentrate on major tasks, a change in work hours, additional resources, or open contact with your leader.

You won’t solve burnout in a single meeting, so proceed with a true and clear objective.

Each individual varies, but here are some suggestions:

  • Set new goals and standards

  • Conduct a new or different procedure

  • Determine where you need assistance need and recognize teammates or external services, such as a temp or contractor

  • Develop or rearrange schedules

  • Communicate about roadblocks

Remember that the focus of your discussion should be on how your burnout is affecting not only you but also your team and the company. Instead of having a vent session, you want to have a constructive conversation. That is more likely to happen if you can demonstrate how your burnout is affecting your productivity, job focus, staff, and overall marketing objectives.

Although you should have some ideas about solving the problems at hand, you are not solely responsible. Your boss should and will assist you in solidifying the suggested solutions. 

Reiterate your course of action to your boss at the end of your meeting and address any lingering questions or concerns.

Last Thoughts

The relief you will get after talking to your manager will boost your enthusiasm for a moment, and you may also feel more optimistic. But do not wait for your leader will magically solve everything overnight. It could take some time to improve things. It is important to have a plan for how to improve things and focus on it.


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Jan Tegze

Jan Tegze, author of the book Full Stack Recruiter, results-oriented Talent Acquisition Leader with extensive experience in full life cycle recruiting, and broad knowledge in international recruiting, sourcing, recruitment branding, recruitment marketing, and pro-active innovative sourcing techniques. Author of the Sourcing.Games, and blogger who believes that recruitment is a great field and he is constantly trying to make it better.