Even if you aren’t currently looking for a job, you may unexpectedly hear from a recruiter through a social media job site. That typically means your profile and skills could match a job opening they want to fill.
So, do you respond?
Let’s look at why the recruiter reached out and how to decide if you should reply.
Who Are They?
First, you want to establish the recruiter’s credibility. Unfortunately, you may run across unscrupulous scam artists posing as recruiters who are simply out to steal your money or identity.
LinkedIn recommends reviewing the recruiter’s bio on their site. Check the reputation of the company they represent on LinkedIn and other reputable job sites.
Recruiters are always on the lookout for good talent. Your LinkedIn profile is a great resource for a recruiter trying to fill a particular position. And isn’t that why you created it in the first place?
However, the fact that they have contacted you doesn’t necessarily mean the job is a good fit. You’ll want to read the offer carefully and decide if the position they are pitching is something you are interested in pursuing. You may feel gratified that they took note of your skills and abilities, but any new position you consider should fit into your long-term career goals.
Want to know more? Then it doesn’t hurt to hit “reply.”
When and How to Respond
There may be a few reasons you wish to respond to the recruiter.
- You’re curious and would like more information about the job opportunity they presented. Respond by stating your tentative interest and ask some pertinent questions about the opening. Suggest times you are available for a call to discuss details.
- You are really interested! Respond quickly, thanking the recruiter for getting in touch.
Consider asking the recruiter to send you a copy of the job description and suggest a phone call to discuss the position. Just like any interview, research the recruiter, the company, and the position in order to prepare for that call.
- This position isn’t a good fit, but you are open to other opportunities. Recruiters have the inside scoop on job postings. If they regularly fill positions in your industry, they could be a valuable resource in your job search. Contact the recruiter and ask to set up a brief call to discuss the kinds of positions you’re interested in. Ask if you can send a resume for them to keep on hand in case they run across a position more suited to your career goals.
Recruiters and hiring experts regularly search LinkedIn for their next potential candidate. If they contact you with an interesting prospect – don’t be afraid to respond!
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