Since Covid19 started, I went through several interesting phases, I have to say.

At first, all of my clients panicked a bit and put all ongoing recruitments on-hold in the early springtime. After a little while, they realized that the business still continues, even though in a different way, and they still need that new talent. Then later, during one week I got the green light to continue all the recruitments I had, plus I got some new ones and all of which were urgent 😊

Unpredictability is the life of a headhunter

Huge unpredictability is also part of the life of a Headhunter. We never know when we start, we are hugely dependent on the client availability and normally we are always under the pressure to deliver as soon as only possible since the whole recruitment process takes a few months overall.

The only part I can affect is my own work. I am not able to affect the availability of candidates, or the clients, thus the final schedule is something I can not control fully.

There are weeks when we have a huge workload.

There are weeks when we have time to breathe. And even after 18 years in this business, we can´t really plan our weeks ahead.

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During those years, I learned to be flexible, reactive, fast when needed, able to work under high pressure for a certain time (It is always a project with an end date, after all).
But the unpredictability became part of my life, and we learned to live with each other. 😊

And even though I am the type of person, who would love to plan, I accepted that I can not plan my workload longer than a few days ahead in my business since things happen quite rapidly.

Of course, a big part of it is my obsession with serving my clients on time. Especially with recruitments, when I get the green light from my clients, it usually means we are already late, since they had to wait for getting approvals from management etc. And they may be needing the new resources desperately. So when they call me, they are often like “hungry wolfs”. “ (Here is another post on planning recruitment and/or being late.)

But with the help of my coach (she is fantastic and don’t hesitate to ask me for her contact), I am also getting better dealing with this pressure.

The freedom of not planning

This summer, we experienced traveling with a caravan. All my friends assumed that I would not enjoy it, as they know me as a person, who likes to plan in advance (whenever I just can).
And it has been so far the most relaxing holiday ever. The freedom of choices was unbeatable.
We could choose where we go, where we sleep, when we drive, when we eat, and where we stay. We did not have any plan whatsoever. We just drove around and stopped where we had beautiful views. Once we felt like changing the scenery, we continued driving. No need to book a hotel and keep timing with check-in and check-out, simply going with the flow.

That was enormous freedom.

And perhaps that’s what I like about my business, too. Freedom to work little when there are not many projects, freedom to work late evenings, when I am at my best, freedom to have long lunches, and also freedom to decide how much I actually want to work 😊
Given the fact that I love my job, I tend to work a lot. But it is MY choice.

With passionate regards ,-)

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Lubica Kangas

The Author

Lubica Kangas is a trusted Executive Search Partner for senior-level recruitments across different locations worldwide. Her long-term clients are global public listed companies, as well as smaller and growth organizations with international business.

As she is a great example of “loving what you do”, she also teaches and coaches individuals in their career transitions for doing more of what they love and have more fulfillment in their lives, mostly through her workshops and online programs.

On a personal note, Lubica is a multi-passionate entrepreneur and never-ending optimist with love for good food, travels, Latin rhythm, and nature.

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