What will you do when a recruiter calls to steal you from your happy job?
Recruiting is a corporate process where potential candidates are located and approached for doing a specific job, which might be a temporary or permanent position.
Often, the candidate who fits the job description is already employed, usually, by a competitor.
Here you are, happy with a job that you’ve worked hard for, and you suddenly receive recruiter calls for a lucrative offer. What would you do?
Yes, what would you do if you received an offer for a higher position in an unknown entity other than the current one, which you’re satisfied with?
Nonetheless, if your position isn’t what you had in mind, you’ll jump on the opportunity with your eyes closed.
How NOT to Answer a Recruiter Call
But that’s not the problem. I’m talking about being happy in a position you’ve worked for and finally won after years of hard work. You either say yes, or no, there’s no third answer.
Either answer will have a tremendous influence on your whole career, more than you currently imagine.
Imagine answering recruiter calls over the phone, and they briefly introduce themselves and the organization they are calling on behalf of.
You have a few seconds to answer.
One possible answer would be: “No, thanks, but thanks. I’m happy where I’m right now.”
Possible answer but wrong nonetheless.
Here’s why: You’ve cut an important connection to your profession, and consequently, you lost access to “secret” job offerings going under everyone’s radar.
You’ve effectively shot yourself in the feet.
This was an important source of information, and by refusing them, you’ve limited your decision-making power.
How to Answer Recruiter Calls
So, what’s the right answer?
The fact that you’re happy with your position is irrelevant.
In this case, you need to listen to what the recruiter is saying.
For a simple reason, when you call the recruiter, he has the power.
But when the recruiter calls you, you’re in a position of power.
You have a good shot at improving your career tremendously.
Don’t get me wrong; you can be pleased with your current job and have zero interest in any opportunity, no matter how lucrative.
Change is hard, I understand.
Listening doesn’t mean you’re going to switch sides. Just listen.
And build a relationship with the recruiter.
Eventually, you’ll need a recruiter down your career path.
Plus, there’s a lot of useful information you can leverage to improve your career.
The business world is full of stories about people who spent their entire careers with the same company.
Until they were laid off without as much as a “thank you.”
These situations are unpredictable and common.
If you don’t control your business life, your business life will control you.
In an uncertain economy, companies go bankrupt; they downsize and restructure.
Not to mention, strict rules everywhere.
Even if you were the hardest working person in the company.
In these buildings of steel and imported wood offices, those who’re in charge fire anybody for any reason with just a signature.
It’s not you. Not on a personal level. Entire departments get erased from existence.
All it takes is a new boss who comes with his team and has no use for the old employees.
Do you think you’re immune?
Do you have a backup plan if that happens? And it happens a lot.
Do you have friends in high places?
Even a small network of loyal friends?
Relationships connect the business world, and recruiters are the relationship brokers.
Make sure you have a comfy cushion to fall onto if things go south.
Like the movies: Only when the hero is his happiest and strongest, problems come at the speed of light.
Understand these easy techniques and respond to recruiter calls with a bit more professionalism; your future may depend on these decisions.