You’re happy in your job. You 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 article gives you some insight on why it makes good career sense for you to be a little more open-minded when you get a recruiting call.
First of all, there is no better time for you to evaluate an opportunity and company with a clear mind without any negative, outside influences or external pressures. The worst time to go to the grocery store 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 happy, they can vividly see how the opportunity would positively or negatively impact their career since they’re not trying to fill a void. An employee is more likely to settle for a lesser position when they’re unhappy than they would have if they were content.
Life is better as a recruited candidate opposed to a job applicant. Why? Because you have the leverage when you’re being recruited and referred by a recruiter. When you “apply” for a position, the company is screening and qualifying you since you’re the one looking for a job. When you are “recruited,” you are investigating and qualifying the company and opportunity to determine whether or not it will help you to grow professionally. The tables are turned. Since you’re happy where you are, if the opportunity doesn’t provide career growth, you have the leverage of staying where you are. When you’re unhappy or looking, you’re running away from your current situation and are more desperate to make a change so the company you are applying to has the leverage.
Even if the opportunity doesn’t entice you enough to move forward, in today’s corporate 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.
If you’re happy, then you’re probably performing well in your role and hopefully your company is taking good care of you. There is no other time in your career when you’re more marketable. This is the best time in your career to take your successes and accomplishments to test what they’re worth to another organization, whether that means a more challenging role, a faster-growing company, or exposure to a new industry.
The best time for professionals to keep their options open is when they’re satisfied in their current role and company. They don’t have to consider the recruiter’s opportunity unless it meets the criteria that they set, not the other way around. There is no other way to learn as much about an opportunity without officially interviewing with a company itself other than learning about it from a recruiter on an exploratory and confidential basis. Actively looking for a job can be a full-time job itself. It can also be also be very stressful. People who get ahead don’t wait until there is something that they don’t like in their current role to have an open mind. They are proactive and keep their options open.
In addition, at Anderson Young, clients value our niche specialism and for that reason we hear about opportunities that are not in the public domain. With Smart Energy still being an immature market place with the best talent being even scarcer than it will be in the future we get told about speculative opportunities that are highly confidential and we can make you aware of life changing opportunities.
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