Passive Candidates

You are happy in your job and get a call from a recruiter. Why should you be open minded enough to have a conversation? Well, there are many advantages to discussing an opportunity even when you’re content where you are. Hopefully, this gives you some insight why it makes good career management for you to listen attentively when you get a call from a recruiter.

There is no better time for someone to evaluate an opportunity with a clear mind without any negative, outside influences or external pressures. The worst time to go to the supermarket is when you’re hungry. You’re more likely to buy food that you know is not in your best long-term interests.

It’s no different when it comes to only talking to recruiters when you’re actively looking for a new job. Opportunities will appear to be more appealing than they really are when you’re currently unsatisfied in your position or company. When an individual looks into an opportunity when they’re content or happy, they can see how the opportunity would positively or negatively impact their career more objectively. Someone is more likely to settle for a lesser position when they’re unhappy than they would have if they were content.

Career management is better as a recruited candidate opposed to a job applicant. This is because you have the leverage when you’re being recruited and referred by a recruiter. When someone “applies” for a position, the company is screening and qualifying since they’re the one looking for a job. When that same person is “recruited,” they are investigating and qualifying the company and opportunity to determine whether or not it will help them grow professionally. Since they’re happy where they are, if the opportunity doesn’t provide career growth, they have the leverage of staying where they are. When they’re unhappy or looking, they’re running away from their current situation and more desperate to make a change so the company they are applying to has the leverage.

Even if the opportunity doesn’t entice you enough to move forward, in today’s business world, the only job security you have is the security you give yourself. If you don’t look out for your own career, no one else is going to do it for you. Dig the well before you’re thirsty. Having a connection with a recruiter who knows you, your background, and career aspirations is one way to do that. It’s good career management.

If you’re happy, then you’re probably performing well in your current role and hopefully the company is taking good care of you. There is no other time in one’s career when you’re more marketable. This is the best time in one’s career to take their successes and accomplishments to test what one is worth to another organization, whether that means a more challenging role, a faster-growing company, or exposure to a new job. The recruiter’s call may just result in your next career move, now or later.