Shortly after landing a job last year, I was contacted by recruiters from three major Bay Area tech companies. I politely refused the first two, saying that I was happily employed and didn’t want to waste their time.
That was when a friend of mine, who happens to be a recruiter at another major Bay Area tech company, scolded me. “Don’t EVER do that again! It never hurts to listen,” he said.
So I did listen to the third recruiter, even though the discussion didn’t go very far. But it wasn’t too long before a fourth company contacted me. I listened, asked questions, and actually got a job offer which I took, even though I wasn’t looking for a new job. My friend was right, and I’m not sure I’d have my current job if it weren’t for his advice (thanks, Bob!).
But don’t just take my word for it – here’s a great article that may be more convincing: “Why a Passive Candidate Should Take a Recruiter’s Call.”
It’s a good “problem” to encounter; I know I’m fortunate. Hopefully it will become a bit more common if this chart – released as part of today’s monthly jobs report — keeps moving upward!