How to Be a Successful Passive Candidate

The best time to start looking for a job is when you already have one. As a passive candidate, you are regarded as a professional who is doing well at their job and has everything under control while at the same time may be looking for a new and exciting opportunity. The fact that you already have a job shows employers that you are a capable and responsible individual, thus probably a good fit for their company. And for that, recruiters tend to go the extra mile to convince you to join their team.

In order to understand how you can get hired while being a passive candidate we have to look at how employers recruit passive candidates. When it comes to recruiting, hiring managers think of candidates as either active or passive and choose how to proceed with the recruitment process according to the needs of each individual.

Ideally, if you are a passive candidate, employers will encourage you to further evaluate the position they offer and consider the benefits of working with them. So, let’s look at how you can increase your chances of getting a job as a passive candidate.

The power of passive candidates

Today, it seems that the odds are in favour of candidates instead of recruiters. The truth is the needs of every organisation constantly changes and the job market is becoming more candidate-driven rather than employer-driven as it used to be. That’s why 2015 has been named ‘The Year of the Candidate’ by many HR managers and industry specialists and currently about 61% of companies prefer to recruit passive candidates.

But to what do passive candidates owe their success? The answer is networking. Check out the following tips to help you get the most out of your networking efforts when you are not actively looking for a job:


1. Promote yourself as an expert

The perks of being a passive candidate is that you can show employers you are the kind of professional they are looking for. Since you already have a fairly good background and knowledge on your industry you should be able to demonstrate your expertise by being a member of a professional association, volunteering or maintaining a professional blog. Also, make sure that you show employers you are on top of industry developments and you are expert at what you do.

2. Expand your online presence

It is important to work on your online visibility whether you are actively looking for a job or not. Post your resume or professional profile on job sites and corporate databases and work on your LinkedIn profile so that you can get discovered by employers within your field. Also, create a blog and talk about your achievements, skills, talents or anything that adds credibility to your work.

3. Make purposeful connections

Before you decide who to contact, do your research and learn who these people are, what they do and determine how you can help each other. Make sure that you network with a purpose having in mind their potential value to your future career. Connect with people within your field, introduce yourself and let them know you are there.

4. Keep in touch

Once you have made initial contact, is essential to nurture your relationship with key professionals in the market. Send your contacts an email, discuss industry news or congratulate them for their achievements, share your thoughts on their posts on LinkedIn and honor their birthdays! Keep in touch in any way possible so that you are the first person they can think of when recruiting.

Sourcing passive candidates is considered to be amongst the most essential recruiting trends of the 2015 so if you are looking for a job make sure that you are doing it the right way!

Are you a passive candidate? What’s your secret to landing a new job?