As we inch closer to Christmas, recruiting continues to get harder as you try to pull a response out of the passive secret squirrel candidate you are trying to wrangle who is also visiting with family over the holidays. The grinches of job seeking seem to lurk from the mountain they live on and continue to laugh at your LPTA salaries, or reminiscent of a Christmas Carol, ghost you altogether like the ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge’s Christmas past.

All in all, recruiting challenges do not stop due to a holiday, whether you are lighting the menorah candles or trimming the Christmas tree. Here are just a few memes that will resonate with burnt out recruiters to get you through the holiday seasonal affective recruiting disorder.

A HARD LESSON ON HOW BEING NICE IS NOT WHAT YOU WILL GET IN RETURN

The long hours you spend with a candidate after treating them only with respect and professionalism can be an absolute slap in the face when they end up ghosting you altogether. It will also probably encourage you to enjoy an adult beverage at the end of a very long work week.

They must be joking, right?

Recruiters are always asking the universe, “Why in the world did they waste the last week of negotiating with me if they ‘can make so much more somewhere else’?” Even though it’s tough for recruiters to bit their tongue, maintain the connection / bridge, and load those sarcastic comments to yourself, quietly.

BOY, BYE.

Recruiters sweat every time they get a phone call from a candidate the day before their start date. That next phone call to your hiring manager or government customer is never an easy one either.

NEVER HEARD THAT ONE BEFORE

If you’re a cleared candidate reading this, keep the jokes and laughter surrounding salary to yourself. Be polite, be professional, and simply decline the offer.

RECRUITING MEME OF ALL MEMES

Help a sister out…has anyone in the cleared recruiting world ACTUALLY experienced this nirvana? Asking for a friend…

 

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Katie Keller is a marketing fanatic that enjoys anything digital, communications, promotions & events. She has 8+ years in the DoD supporting multiple contractors with recruitment strategy, staffing augmentation, marketing, & communications. Favorite type of beer: IPA. Fave hike: the Grouse Grind, Vancouver, BC. Fave social platform: ClearanceJobs! 🇺🇸