When a Recruiter Calls: Should You Consider a Career Change?

decisions decisionsAs a recruiter, it is my job to find the best candidate for the job. And sometimes that includes reaching out to those who already have a decent to great job.

Recently, when calling on those “passive” candidates, I’ve started to see a shift from “no, the economy is still bad; I’ll stay where I am” to “you know, the time may finally be alright to consider a change.”

After all, the economy is improving and more jobs are available than there have been in recent history. And, let’s face it, many of us ready for our next adventure. And when a recruiter calls, we are intrigued; even flattered. We want to be wanted, needed, and desired.

On the other hand, we are “okay” where we are. We hesitate. We don’t take a closer look, and perhaps turn down the opportunity to interview. And in the process, perhaps miss out on what could have been an amazing career move.

When a recruiter contacts you about a new job you may be perfect for, what will you do? Here are four reasons why you should take the interview.

1. There May Be the Perfect Job Out There

This is pretty simple. If you are dissatisfied with any part of your job, there may be an opportunity out there that fits you like a glove. It may be the perfect job for which you have been searching. It may fill all of the gaps of the things you would WANT in a job.

2. You May Learn That the Perfect Job is the One You Have Now

Sometimes interviewing will make you realize that you don’t have it so bad. Your current job may seem mundane. But that new job may require more effort than you are willing to give right now; it may require you to do things that you aren’t great at doing. Or maybe it will mean more time away from your family. Maybe the grass really isn’t greener on the other side?

3. You May Learn How to Be a Better Contributor

Every company does something slightly differently. You may come back from an interview with a few takeaways on how you can improve your current job. You can make some suggestions that would make your job the best job you could possibly have. Maybe your current position just needs a little tweaking.

4. You Will Learn More About What You Need to Know

Not sure how to update your five year-plan? Perhaps by looking at other opportunities you’ll get a better feel for that might be next. Maybe you can learn what areas you need to improve upon to reach your big picture career goals. Even if you stay at your current job, an interview can open your eyes to what others in your profession are doing. A new software platform, using social media, and so much more. If we don’t know what others are doing, we don’t know how to improve your situation.

Still not convinced you should take the interview? Well, I have something to say to everyone who does not pursue their hopes and dreams. You are potentially missing out. Missing out on career fulfillment, success and happiness. If you don’t try something, you will never know.

Why not interview?


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Will ThompsonAbout the Author: Will Thomson has been in recruitment and sales for 20 years and currently serves as the Global Sales and Marketing Recruiter for Rosetta Stone. Will received his undergraduate from The University of Mississippi, and his Master’s Degree from St. Edward’s University in Austin.

Will writes bi-monthly for Blogging4jobs and RecruitingDaily and monthly for The Recruiters Lounge. He is also a featured blogger and on the editorial committee for RecruitingBlogs and he has guest blogged regularly for Social-Hire and Work4Labs.


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