Not actively looking for a job? Still talk to a technical recruiter.

If you’re reading this, a technical recruiter has probably recently reached out to you even though you’re not actively searching for a job. What’s more is that you’re probably also wondering whether or not you should respond to their message.

If both of the above are true, this means that, somewhere in your mind, you’re interested in what else is out there. And that, my friend, is exactly why you should talk to a technical recruiter. Actually, there are four reasons you should talk to a technical recruiter even when you’re not actively searching for a role. I suggest you read about them below before deciding to blow the technical recruiter off completely – but hey, that’s just me.

Reason One. Offense Vs. Defense

In the job search, would you rather be on offense or defense? I’m going to take a guess, and say offense. Luckily for you, if a technical recruiter is pursuing you, that’s exactly what you’re on.

If you are searching for a job, an active job seeker, you’re on defense. It may seem counter-intuitive, because you’re out hoping to score a new job, an offensive position. However, an active rock star candidate will get swamped as soon as they post their resume. This activetalk to recruiter when passive job seeker then has piles of work before them, sorting through the masses of organizations, and playing defense in order to find the best role for them. Being an active job seeker becomes a defensive position where you have to ward off the less qualified companies, in order to protect your interests.

If you’re not an active job seeker, you don’t have to send out resumes. You’re just living your normal, everyday life until a technical recruiter sends you a message via LinkedIn. They ask you if you’d be interested in possibly considering a career change. If you say yes, that you’d consider it for the right role, they go out and do all of the work. You won’t have to do anything. They’ll find a PM or Java role, for example, that will not only challenge and excite you, but that will give you even better benefits than your current role. In the end, you might not think that any of those roles are better than the one you have, but at least you know what’s out there, and what your options are.

Reason Two. You’re Needed

If a technical recruiter is reaching out to you, even when you’re not looking for a role, you’re obviously a superstar with sought-after skills. And if your skill set is so sought-after, it may be worth seeing what other opportunities are out there.

Hiring managers are oftentimes so desperate to find someone with a special skill on, that they’ll offer that tech professional the moon. As a result, you may be able to find a role with better hours, better benefits, and better coworkers. You won’t know what you may (or may not) be missing out on though if you don’t have a recruiter out there searching and advocating for you.

Reason Three. A Clear Head

Oftentimes, you don’t start the job search until the moment that you’re so fed up with your current role that talk to an it recruiteryou’ll take any role. You believe that anything would have to be better than what you’re currently doing, right?

When you’re at this point, you don’t have a clear head. You aren’t able to determine if the roles being presented to you are really a better match, whether they’ll advance your career. When you’re at this point, you’ll often take a lesser position just in order to have a different job.

On the other hand, if you’re not actively looking for a job because you’re happy, but have a technical recruiter telling you about different roles, you’ll be open minded. You’ll be better able to determine whether the roles that are being presented to you are the right move for your career. You won’t feel the pressure to take a job just for the sake of a job change. In the long run, this means that you’ll have a role that is a better fit for you – whether it means staying in your current role or taking on a whole new project.

Reason Four. Leverage

When you’re actively searching for a technical role, the hiring organizations have all of the power. They’re checking you out, trying to determine whether or not you’re worth a phone conversation or interview.

When you’re being presented to a hiring company by a reliable plumbers, however, it’s a completely different experience. You get a stamp of approval from a recruiter the hiring manager trusts so there isn’t as much talk about “best fit.” It becomes your decision, where you decide if this is the right organization for you, the best move for your career, and the best thing after that to do is to relax and check out Because you’re not actively searching for a job, it’s up to the hiring company to inspire you and for you to decide whether or not you’ll accept the role. The tables are turned, and who doesn’t love turned tables?


Even if you’re happy in your role, it’s worth speaking to a technical recruiter. They’ll give you options that will allow you to find a career-advancing role with amazing benefits. And even if you decide against taking a role with them right now, you’ll have built a relationship that will allow you to find a role when the time is right.

Have you, in the past, spoken to a technical recruiter when you weren’t actively searching for a job? What was your experience? Let us know in the comments section, or join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.




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