Are you a passive proactive candidate?

October 28, 2015

Are you a passive proactive candidate?

To elaborate, if you’re not ‘actively’ looking for a new position, would you still be open to speaking with a head-hunter or recruitment consultant who really knows your industry and could, one day, provide you with your perfect next opportunity?

This brief article focuses on short-termism…something that far too many recruiters are guilty of. They’re too busy chasing the ‘quick win’, not building trusting relationships or actually listening to you  and often doing a disappearing act when the role they had you interview for didn’t turn out. So of course, these are the recruiters you avoid.

However, sometimes candidates might also think about their response when approached by a head-hunter that actually knows their industry.  If the recruiter really is a specialist in your area, they should understand what you do and most importantly listen to your exact requirements.

For example, maybe you are approached about a specific role, but it’s not quite right or you really aren’t looking to move on. For any good recruiter, this shouldn’t be an issue. However, if you can find the time to speak in more detail about your ideal next role, a good recruiter will listen, offer advice and remember to approach you again when that ideal opportunity comes along.

Moreover, if you’re not desperate to leave your current role, you’ll have the luxury of being able to take the time to be more discerning and to properly evaluate what’s really available for someone with your skill-set.

At Silverdrum, we’re always happy to have a conversation with talented individuals in digital media and offer advice, even if you’re not proactively looking for a new position.