TED Talks for Recruiters: Career Advice

I don’t need to make an introduction to TED Talks. They’re one of the most inspirational resources you can find online to offer advice, help and inspiration for your life and career. We’ve written about them a lot on Hunted.

But in today’s article, we highlight some of the best talks for career success.

Long-term, healthy success.

If you want to be inspired, save the below videos for your commute. There’s one a day, for a week.

Larry Smith: Why you will fail to have a great career

Larry Smith’s an Economist and Professor at the University of Waterloo in Canada. He coaches his students on ways to find the greatest careers they can possibly imagine.

In this talk he discusses why you’ll fail to have a great one.

Not to give you a social commentary on your existing life, but to offer a premonition of why you might not follow your passion. There are plenty of reasons people don’t. And by breaking down those reasons, you’ll have more inclination to do something amazing.

This talk’s not only full of motivation, but also humour.

You make excuses every single day, for why don’t do the things you love. Maybe it’s to provide for your family. Maybe it’s the fear you’ll fail. Whatever it is, regret’s not something you want to live with.

Expel it here

Emilie Wapnick: Why some of us don’t have one true calling

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Emilie Wapnick, Writer and Career Coach, never knew. The question in itself made her feel nervous as she struggled to find particular things she was good at, or enjoyed more than others. She’d pursue interests, and steadily over time, get bored or intimidated by the effort needed to reach the next level.

For anyone else who’s trodden this path, it might seem impossible to get a career out of one of them.

After all, they say the most rewarding careers come from passions you follow. What Emilie offers you in this talk, is an eye opening career option… you can do many things.

You don’t have to spend your whole life as a Recruiter.

In fact you don’t have to spend your life doing one thing at all.

You can have a number of different professions. You might be, what Emilie refers to as a “multipotentialite.” Someone who has skills and potential in a number of pursuits. Don’t live your life pigeon-holed.

Watch this talk and consider your career options.

Options on offer, here

Angela Lee Duckworth: Grit – The power of passion and perseverance

The speaker in this talk discusses what happened when she left a high-flying Management Consultant job to teach Maths to 7th Grade pupils in an inner city school. On doing so, she found the difference between high and low achievers wasn’t simply IQ or intelligence.

Self-control and grit have large parts to play.

Angela asks one question which will resonate well with Recruiters:

“What if doing well in school and in life depends on much more than your ability to learn quickly and easily?” 

Many recruiters will sit at their desk questioning how certain people consistently make placements. They always have high numbers on the board and are super successful. 

These Consultants aren’t typically the most intelligent.

What they do have is perseverance.

The determination to work hard and show what they can do. To learn how to become more resolute and powerful in showing grit, watch the short video.

True grit, here

Sarah Lewis: Embrace the near win

Near wins is a subject close to a lot of recruiter’s hearts.

If you work on contingency, you’ll work for free, a lot. In some of cases you’ll work on placements that look very likely to go through. The candidate might even start. They might love their first week. Then, out of nowhere. You get a call.

You’ll try and replace them, but it’s too late.

The client goes with their second choice and you mark it as a ‘near win’.

Sarah, above, is an Art Historian.

What she noticed when studying one particular artist, is that not every painting was a master piece. The artist she studied often created work to throw it away when finished. But there was something in this process that made them learn.

That message is something recruiters can learn from.

Yes, money on the sales board’s the number one goal. But learning from mistakes and near wins is almost as important. And will help you reach new heights in your career.

Learn to move on, here

Candy Chang: Before I die I want to…

For the last TED Talk in the article, how about something a little empowering?

Candy Chang creates art that prompts people to think about their secrets, wishes and hopes. You’re used to forecasting in your career. Setting targets, and hitting those targets is an important part of your job.

But how much do you forecast in your life?

How many times do you set macro goals, for you to achieve? Candy turned an abandoned house in her neighbourhood into a giant chalkboard that started a sentence: “Before I die I want to…”

The responses to this were surprising, poignant, funny and an incredible mirror to the neighbourhood she lived in.

This talk’s less about your recruitment career, and more about your life. Remembering how important relationships are in your life will impact your career and sharpen your focus.

Get some focus, here

Still got some time on your commute? Why not keep watching.