Passive recruitment happens all the time in the information technology industry as companies look for professionals who are creative, innovative, and on the cutting edge of technological developments. If you have been contacted by a recruiter, this means you’ve made a big impression and you could have a great opportunity to advance your career. At the same time, you need to tread carefully to make sure you don’t jeopardize your current job or your reputation in the industry.
When you are contacted by a recruiter, you need to carefully consider:
The questions you ask the recruiter.
You want to find out as much information as you can about the recruiter and the opportunity you are being contacted about so you can decide if it is something you are interested in pursuing. You should ask about how the recruiter found you; what the recruiter’s relationship with the hiring company is; what the job description and salary range is; and what the timeline is for moving forward.
How to navigate the job search without putting your current position at risk.
Being recruited does not necessarily mean you will definitely want to move on from your current opportunity. You need to be careful not to burn your bridges or do anything to put your current job on the line. Review your employee handbook and any employment contract you have to find out if you have a noncompete or other clauses which could affect your ability to move on. You should also be discrete in your job search efforts and should ensure you never use your company time to deal with the recruiter.
How to make the most of the opportunities being offered.
Being contacted by a recruiter can mean you have a great opportunity for professional advancement. You should find out as much as you can about the specific opportunity by doing research on the company and the position. You should also tailor your resume to the role that you are being recruited for, so the hiring managers involved can see why you are a great candidate who is worth recruiting. You always want to ensure you are honest in your salary requirements as the process moves forward, and you can also lean on the expertise of your recruiter to prepare for interviews and make a positive impression.
There are ample opportunities for rewarding careers within the information technology field, but you need to have the right contacts. Technology Partners is a leading staffing service within the IT industry. We can help qualified candidates to effectively manage their job search to find dream positions. To learn more, give Technology Partners a call today at 877-636-1331 or contact us online.