JOB SEARCH / APR. 18, 2015
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Passive Recruiting can Help You Make Employers Your Friends

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Did you know that passive recruiting can help you make new friends? That’s right, when you are not actively looking for a job, it is easier for you to approach an employer and make that first impression count! Part of this is because having a job makes you more relaxed and comfortable being yourself.

In contrast to traditional recruiting, passive recruiting allows you to see things more clearly, to assess available opportunities and to choose which one meets your needs best. Instead of worrying whether you are getting the job or not, it helps you connect with employers in a friendly and meaningful manner.

See Also: How to be a Successful Passive Candidate

The upside to passive recruiting is that the majority of employers prefer it over traditional recruiting. It saves them money and time to target people who know they can do the job instead of investing in endless hours of interviewing unskilled candidates.

These are the three main reasons employers prefer this type of recruiting:


As a passive candidate, you might already have a job which means you have nothing to lose with telling the truth. You don’t have to hide weaknesses nor talk about skills that you don’t possess to impress employers. They’ll only get what you bring to the table and for that they appreciate your sincerity.


Employers know that you have the right set of skills, knowledge and experience for the position they want to fill in and they are choosing to invest some time in listening to what you have to say. As an employed individual, they are also aware of the fact you are a skilled, confident and hardworking employee, and they hope that they can get you in their team.


If you are a passive candidate this means that you have taken the time to refine your job requirements and that you are after a job that can meet your needs in more specific terms e.g. geographically or salary-wise even though you are not highly motivated to find a new job. Employers prefer to hire candidates who are consciously aware of what they want from their career and those we invest in their professional development.

Taking into account the fact that there is a certain level of mutual respect, accountability and interest, both you and the potential employer can get to know each other better. In this sense, it is highly possible that conversations go slightly off topic and the employer might even start talking about his personal life and interests.

After the end of the interview, a follow up is in order to establish the start of your friendship or ‘connection’ – as you may call it, and become friends on LinkedIn!

See Also: An Overview of Global Recruiting Trends in 2015

The goal of passive recruiting is to build relationships and allow conversation between the two parties; you and employers. As such, make sure that you are reaching out to a wider pool of professionals and expanding your network even though you are not actively looking for a job.

Are you currently looking for a job? Would you classify yourself as a passive candidate? Let us know in the comment section below.

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