Traveling back from Florida this past weekend after attending a conference, I read an article on titled “The Top 10 Difficult Decisions You’ll Make in Life (and how to make them).” To provide context, here’s the list:

1. Know when it’s time to quit (anything)
2. Have children or not
3. Get married or not
4. Who to go on a date with
5. Rent or buy a house
6. Figure out where to live
7. Go back to school or get an advanced degree
8. Make a career change
9. Decide on a career
10. Choose a college major

We have all seen lists like this before, but this one made caught my attention. The way I look at it, 6 out of the 10 biggest decisions in our lives can somehow be related to the recruiting and search industry (and I’m not just biased). Let me refine this idea a bit:

Know when it’s time to quit. This is a no-brainer. As an employee, knowing when it’s time to go is a big, often agonizing decision. This is when a recruiter serves as a great counselor. No, we can’t force anyone to make this decision, but we sure can influence the decision. We do so by the questions we ask, the emotions we spark, and the needs that we meet.

Figure out where to live. Many of the studies I have read support the fact that we make decisions on where to live based on the following criteria: family, friends, climate, and career opportunities. Again, if you are a recruiter involved in getting people to relocate for the right opportunities, you can influence this transition.


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