5 Traits Recruiters Look for When Finding Passive Candidates

5Just like every morning, you sit down to read through your e-mails. That report needs to be done by noon; yep. Note from Mom; I’ll get to that later. You read on. Yada, yada, yadda.

Wait! What is that e-mail?!!

“Hi, my name is Will Thomson, and I am the corporate recruiter for Rosetta Stone. I saw your Linkedin Profile and would like to talk to you”.

You may ask yourself, “What just happened?”

Candidates, this is my life. I am a corporate recruiter. My job is to find you.

It is no secret. In these times, no job is permanent. If a public company has a few bad quarters, you are dispensable. If the economy starts going south, the company “has to make difficult decisions”. Believe me when I say to you, it is in your best interest to always be a passive candidate. (What is a passive candidate? You aren’t really looking for a job, but are always open to looking a great opportunity.)

Let’s talk about what happens before you ever see my “…I would like to talk to you…” email. Specifically, here are 5 things we look for that make you more attractive to a recruiter like me… and makes us want to reach out to you, even though you may be 100% happy where you are now:

Your Reputation

Since we are “detectives” we want to know what your co-workers, former bosses, former co-workers have to say about you. Sometimes we may ask someone in our network that knows your former boss to do a little detective work for us.If you have great work skills, but awful people skills, then we probably will pass.

So if you have crossed someone in your past, especially a former boss, try to make amends. Never burn a bridge. EVER. If you do, try to reconcile it. You may get through the first couple of interviews, but you won’t get hired.

Your Growth

Some people like staying at the same company for years. I have friends that have been at companies for 20 years. I have other friends that switch jobs every couple of years. The important thing here is not to do the SAME thing for an extended period of time.

Take on new responsibilities. Grow as an individual. Staying with the same company in the same role for 10 years is a negative. If you have had 5 different roles and your career progresses with the same company, we want you!

Your Beautiful Mind

I don’t care if you’re 20 or 50. Can you do what the job requires?

This is why it is so important to stay current. Take continuing education courses, get certifications. Read. Be a sponge. Get involved with meetup groups. If you did COBOL in the 80’s, I could care less. If you can develop iOS apps now, I WANT YOU regardless of age.

Companies are now looking for the best, brightest and most up-to-date. Are you in that category? If not, do something about it!

Your Peers

You are who you hang out with. There are some great people in this world and there are some not-so-great. If you work for a company that compromises your integrity and you “drink their Kool-Aid”, we don’t want you. Make a change quick. You don’t want to be pigeonholed in this scenario.

You are who you associate with, including the company you work for now.

Your Attitude

I want someone who makes me feel excited about change. Excited about technology. Excited about the weather. Excited about, well… anything!

Leave your negativity behind. No being a troll on social media, or face-to-face. When you are negative, you are not going to be perceived as a go-to candidate; another more positive person will be chosen!

What traits of a passive candidate do you exhibit? What will I see when I find you?

Are you ready to get my “…I would like to talk to you…” email?





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Will thompsonAbout the Author: Will Thomson lives in Austin, Texas, and works for Rosetta Stone as the Global Sales and Marketing Recruiter. He has been in recruitment and sales for 20 years. He received his undergraduate from The University of Mississippi, and his Master’s Degree from St. Edward’s University in Austin. He has recruited some of the most sought-after talent around the globe, and is a regular blogger for the recruitment industry. He is the founder of Bulls Eye Recruiting and has also written for Blogging4Jobs, ERE, Recruiting Blogs,Work 4 Labs and Social-Hire. Find him on Twitter @WillRecruits



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