As the job market grows more competitive, recruiters proactively connecting with passive candidates has become a necessary component in hiring strategies. If you have a LinkedIn account, you have likely received a message from a recruiter or a hiring manager about a job opening. However, with so much of what we encounter on the internet being spam emails, fake profiles, and unwanted solicitation calls, it’s hard to know when a direct message is worth the response.
Here are some things to consider before you dismiss a recruiter’s InMail:
This isn’t a mass text. The recruiter’s goal is to find great candidates, screen them, and send a qualified selection to the hiring manager or client. If a recruiter has reached out to you, it’s because they saw something on your profile that made you stand out! Also, recruiters look for the phrase “open to new opportunities” as a signal to reach out. If you’re not interested in the job, it’s still recommended you respond with a polite message saying so. While they might not have something for you right now, building a relationship with them can prove to be beneficial down the road. And remember, the recruiter chose you for a reason!
Ask questions if you’re unsure. By asking follow-up questions, you open up your options to opportunities you did not previously know were available. For example, if the job description isn’t exactly what you are looking for or what you are currently doing, the recruiter may see potential in your skills that set you apart from the rest. Also, there seems to be a misconception that recruiters may take part of the candidates’ salary, bonuses, etc. when they are placed. While some companies require payment from the candidate to find them a position, others require payment from the client/company. Whether you’re uncertain about the job position or working with a recruiter in general, don’t be shy to ask questions for clarification.
Cast a wide net when job hunting. Whether you are actively looking for a move or just keeping your options open, casting a wide net on the industry of your choice is always a wise decision. As cliché as it sounds, there’s a reason “having a few irons in the fire” is a popular saying. You never know what will land you the career of your dreams! Recruiters simply offer opportunities for potential candidates to consider. There’s never any harm in listening to what else is out there for you. Because recruiters look at various job opening and candidates 24/7, they have access to opportunities not available to the masses. Additionally, the more time you spend talking to the recruiter, they will get to know you and your skills better that can lead to better-suited roles.
Responding to recruiters/hiring managers could not only you land a new job, but you could build a relationship with them for opportunities in the future. When their primary focus is on relationship building, a dedicated recruiter can cut down time spent searching and provide peace of mind that someone is going through the trenches for you.