Passively or Not Seeking at All
If you’re not currently looking for a new employment opportunity, communicating with a recruiter when they contact you can still be beneficial. Even though you may be less prepared for this interaction than if you were an active seeker, you can still take the time to consider the prospect.
For example, if a recruiter calls you about an opening for a bilingual office assistant, you can ask for the job description and company details, then tell the recruiter you will call them back. Take a few hours or a few days to research the opportunity and craft your response, then respond to the recruiter. Even if you aren’t going to accept the opportunity, you will want to maintain a positive rapport with the recruiter in case there comes a day when they present an opportunity that you do want to accept.
What Can a Recruiter Do for You?
A recruiter finds candidates for key positions, so their clients are both companies and candidates. Recruiters are in the match-making business. They look closely at the requirements that the companies need and matches them with a candidate whose experience and goals most closely fit. If you are looking to add experience to your resume, explore new opportunities or start a new career path, a recruiter can help you find your niche.