How to Respond to a Recruiter

22.08.2016 5609

A recruiter reached out, and you're wondering what to do next? When you are approached out of the blue with an opportunity you weren’t actively pursuing, it can throw you off guard. Here are a few tips on how to respond and what to do when a recruiter contacts you.

You’re currently looking lor or are at least interested in a new position

Great, you’ve been contacted by a recruiter and you’re actually on the job market. Not bad timing on the recruiter’s part!

The key to your initial interactions with a recruiter is to be responsive, prompt and respectful of their time. A good recruiter will reciprocate the relationship and give you a similar level of respect, to maximize the effectiveness in both directions.

During your initial interactions with a recruiter, you’ll want to communicate the type of positions you’re looking for and sell the value of your personal brand. It’s important to make an excellent impression on any recruiter who’s contacted you, because while the original position he may have contacted you about may not be the best fit, recruiters receive new positions daily — and one could be your dream career.

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You enjoy your job, but might be interested in hearing about other positions further

Ah, so you’re the passive job candidate. Your current job is pretty good, you enjoy going to work every day with a smile on your face, but things could be better. Maybe you’d be lured away by a higher salary, maybe a shorter commute to work, or maybe there’s a specific company you have your eye on.

In this case, it’s best to be upfront with the contacting recruiter. When you receive a message from a recruiter, you can specifically say:


Thank you for reaching out to me with an excellent opportunity. I’m currently quite happy in my role at XYZ, but am always open to a conversation to see the current opportunity landscape. I’d like to be upfront, however, and mention that I’m only considering positions within (your specific region, salary range, job requirement, etc.).

Thank you for your time and I look forward to speaking with you!

– You

By following up with the recruiter in this matter, you’re specifically letting them know it’s not going to be easy to lure you away from your current role. You also give them the criteria of jobs to present to you, so that you only receive highly targeted positions within your area or salary range that would be the best fit for you.

You’re Not Interested in a New Job at This Time

Perhaps you’ve just started a position at a new company, accepted another job offer or are just really jacked up about working at your current company. When a recruiter messages you out of the blue for a new career opportunity, what do you do at that point?

Well, it’s a pretty easy solution:Be respectful, with awareness that your paths could potentially cross in the future. Just because your job is awesome now, doesn’t mean it will be the same way six months from now. Bosses change, companies get acquired, teams might merge, who knows what can happen. That’s why it’s important to be respectful of recruiters who can potentially help you out down the road, even if you don’t need their assistance at this very moment.

You can approach a return message or phone call with something like this:

"I sincerely appreciate you reaching out to me at this point in time; however, I am quite happy with my current organization. I know things can change rapidly, so I would like you to keep me in mind for similar opportunities down the road, but now is not the ideal time for me. Thanks again for your time and outreach!"

Simple, yet effective. It lets the recruiter know you’re open to working with them in the future, but now isn’t going to be the best time for you. The key here is that this message leaves the door open for you to work together in the future!

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There you have it: a how-to guide for Millennials to effectively respond to recruiters. The key takeaways from this is to understand that recruiters can be highly beneficial individuals to work with, so you should always treat them with respect. You never know when you’ll need the services of a recruiter, so it’s better to be safe than sorry — building strong, or at least friendly, relationships with them for your own career benefit.


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