When you’re looking for work, a recruiter’s phone call or email is a welcome sign. But when you’re happy in your current job, responding to these communications can feel more like a chore. Yet, you should take the time to respond to recruiters whether you’re looking for a new job or not. Here are a few reasons why.
1. Talking to recruiters is easier when you’re not desperate. You make a better impression without the pressure of needing to find something, fast. You also can evaluate the opportunities presented to you in an unbiased manner, as you aren’t in a hurry to find a job. When the right opportunity presents itself, you’ll recognize it.
2. You have the leverage. When you’re the one looking – especially without a recruiter – you give the company the leverage. But when you’re being recruited you have all the leverage, as you’ve already passed the screening process and the ball is in your court. This gives you an advantage over other candidates, and in pay negotiations.
3. Job security. Talk to a recruiter now, and when you do need a job, you’ll have a bank of connections primed and waiting for you – rather than having to start from scratch during an urgent time.
4. Finding a new role can be easier when you’re employed. Employed and happy in your job, you’re at your best. So even if you’re not looking to change jobs, it’s still a good idea to keep your options open.
5. You never know. You may love your current job, but you never know when a recruiter is going to present you with an opportunity you didn’t expect, and can’t pass up!