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Letter from the Editor - Spring 2018

By Cecilia Jerome, MBA, Physician Recruiter, MidMichigan Health

Cecilia Jerome

Recruitment professionals are typically enthusiastic, high-energy people who work hard for results. The demands are ever increasing and the competition can be intense. There’s a fear, too, that if we stop, we will lose ground or miss an opportunity. So, recruiters can find themselves tethered to their technology and continuously plugged into who is available where/when and just what the competition is up to!

Good recruitment professionals do not stand still. We often look at ways to transform or change the way we do our jobs and the ways in which we communicate (to both internal and external audiences). To remain competitive, these are the things we must do, whether you have been in your position 10 weeks or 10 years.

This issue of JASPR and the Spring annual conference focus on transformation: How the physician recruitment industry and ASPR have transformed through the years and how we as individual professionals are responsible for that transformation. We also address ways we must transform ourselves on a personal level to deal with the stresses and demands upon us both professionally and personally.

Our jobs can take us away from families, physically, for long weekends at conferences, and emotionally as the job continually invades our thoughts. Long nights at job fairs often are preceded or followed by early morning day-long site visits. We are a profession where we have to be excited about what we are “selling,” and some weeks, it leaves little time for a breath. Often, too, it means interrupted vacations to return a call/text/email.

We even find ourselves declining the opportunity to attend ASPR conferences due to the workload. These are missed opportunities to network with our colleagues, discover new ways to do our jobs, and to re-energize — to remind ourselves why it is we do what we do and nearly knock ourselves out doing it!

There are many ways to keep or regain focus, to take a time-out that lasts as little as 10 minutes. A few simple things are a walk around the office or outside, a laugh with a colleague, tune into your happy music. You could take a moment to write down five to 10 things for which you are grateful, or list three good things that you accomplished today. You could even just take deep, slow breaths and squeeze one of those many stress balls you find during job fairs.

Make your own list of things that make you happy or help you chill, and consult it on those occasions when you need inspiration or a breather.

And just like the time we do take to evaluate and consider new ways to recruit providers and transform the way we work, so, too, must we take the time for personal thoughtfulness and reflection.