Reading this?! That’s probably due to a recruiter reaching out to you even though you’re not actively searching for a job. You are probably also questioning whether or not you should respond to their message..
If any of the above are true, this means, somewhere in your mind, you’re interested to know what else is out there. And that is exactly why you should talk to a recruiter. There are at least four reasons why you should talk to a recruiter even when you’re not actively searching for a role. I suggest you read about them below before deciding to blow the recruiter off completely – but, that’s just me.

1. Offense Vs. Defence

In the market, would you rather be on defence or offence? If I were to make a guess, I would say offense. Luckily for you, if I or any other recruiter is pursuing you, that’s the exact position you are in.
If you are searching for a job (an active job seeker) you’re on defence. It may seem counter-intuitive, because you’re out hoping to score a new job, an offensive position. However, an active super star candidate will get swamped as soon as their resume goes live. This active job seeker then has piles of work in front of them, sorting through all of the companies, playing defence in order to find the best position / fit for them. You will soon find that you have to disqualify the less suitable 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 regular, everyday life until I or any other recruiter sends you a message via LinkedIn or preferably gives you a call. We will ask you if you’d be interested in considering a career change. If you say ‘yes,’ that you’d consider it for the right role, we will go out and do all of the work (minus the interview). You won’t have to do anything in your search. We’ll find a position that will not only challenge and excite you, but that will give you even better options or 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 your options are.

2. You’re Needed

If we are reaching out to you, (even when you’re not looking for a new challenge), you must be someone with sought-after / desirable skills. And if your skill set is exclusive, it may be worth seeing what other opportunities are out there.
Hiring managers are often so keen to find someone with that ‘special’ skill, they’ll offer that professional what they’re looking for. As a result, you may be able to find a role with better hours, better benefits, and better co-workers. You won’t know what you may (or may not) be missing out on if you don’t have a recruiter out there searching and advocating for you.

3. A Clear Head

Often, you don’t start the job search until the moment that you’re so fed up with your current role that you’ll be less selective. You believe that anything would have to be better than what you’re currently doing, right?
When reach this point, you won’t have a clear head. It will prove to be a real struggle to determine if the roles being presented to you really are a better fit and whether they’ll offer the chance to advance in 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 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 and 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 position or taking on a whole new venture.

4. Leverage

When you’re actively searching for a new position, 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 recruiter, 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 is entirely your decision, where you decide if this is the right organization for you, the best move to achieve your career goals. Due to you not actively seeking a job, it’s up to the hiring company to inspire you therefore up you to decide whether or not you’ll accept the role – the tables are turned.. Who doesn’t love it when the tables have turned?
To summarise; if you are 100% happy in your current position, it’s worth speaking to a recruiter. We will give you options or advice that will allow you to find an advancing role with benefits. Even if you decide against taking a role with them right now, you’ll have built a relationship that will allow you to find the right position when the time is right.
Samuel Wilding
Headford USA – Senior Executive Search Consultant –  Greater Chicago Area | 312 496 6624