Peter Drucker has said, "Executives spend more time on managing people and people decisions than…
John Borrowman, CPC
Borrowman Baker, LLC
Your phone rings. It’s a recruiter. Your go-to response: I’m not looking. And you’re right. But, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be listening.
At the same time, you don’t have time to listen all the way through. How do you separate the wheat from the chaff?
Listen, first. Are you hearing anything about how this opportunity would make your life better? And we’re not talking merely about money. Is there a clearer path up the career ladder? Would the work/life balance be more to your liking? Would you get to do work you’ve always wanted to do?
A good recruiter will give you context and not simply read a job description. Those are the times to listen more closely. You may hear what sounds like a great opportunity, just not for you. This is the recruiter to get to know and to rely on for perspective on your career.
Talking to a recruiter doesn’t say you’re looking any more than talking with a financial advisor says you’re ready to retire. Top performers may be “looking”, but they’re always listening.