In today’s employment marketplace, there’s definitely a chance that a recruiter will reach out to you, especially if you work in the Information Technology or Engineering industries. There are two main reasons for this:
- There’s a substantial skills gap in this country.
- We’re currently in a candidates’ market.
In fact, there’s a chance that you’ve already been contacted by a recruiter. Heck, you may have been contacted multiple times by multiple recruiters. If that’s the case, then congratulations is in order.
Why should you be congratulated? Because if a recruiter is reaching out to you, it means that you are considered a top candidate in your line of work. It means that your skill set and your experience are in demand. It means that a company or organization is seeking you as a possible candidate to fill one of its job openings.
So if a recruiter reaches out to you, then you should feel pretty good about yourself. Unfortunately, some professionals feel as though a recruiter should not contact them at work. However, if that’s the only phone number that a recruiter has for you, then that’s how they’re going to contact you.
Understand that the recruiter is not doing this to disrespect you or your current employment situation. They are not trying to get you in trouble with your boss. They’re simply attempting to do their job, a job that their client hired them to do. That job is to find the best candidates in the marketplace as part of the organization’s search to fill its open position.
So if a recruiter contacts you, including if they contact you at work, do NOT do the following things:
- Hang up on them.
- Tell them that they’re being rude and disrespectful and then hang up on them.
- Tell them not to call you at work . . . and then hang up on them.
You can see the theme that’s developing here. When a recruiter reaches out to you, it means that they want to tell you about an employment opportunity. There are two important aspects of this opportunity that you should keep in mind.
- It’s an opportunity that you probably know nothing about.
- It’s an opportunity that is more than likely better than the job you have right now.
How do we know that the second point is the case? Because the recruiter would not call you about an opportunity that is not better than the one you already have. What would be the point of that? Even the recruiter themselves would not consider something that’s not better than what they already have.
So when a recruiter reaches out to you, the proper thing to do is listen to what they have to say. Hear about the opportunity and give it a degree of fair consideration. The worst thing that can happen is that you’re not interested in it. There is no downside to just listening.
So keep your antennae up and your ire down. The next call you receive from a recruiter might just change your life for the better.
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