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
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 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
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!
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
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!
There you have it: a how-to guide for Millennials to effectively respond to recruiters. The key takeaways from this