I’m a recruiter. I search for talent every day. Basically, I’m never not on the outlook for talent. Of course I’m doing this at work, but I also do it while shopping, while eating, while I’m at the movies, while I’m on vacation, etc.
You see, I never know when I’m going to discover a talented person and have the exact right opportunity, with the exact right company and it all fits together.
But, if you’re waiting for me, to discover you, you’ll be waiting forever.
I don’t discover anyone who isn’t working to be discovered. I’m not knocking on closed doors where it looks like no one is home. It’s like trick or treating, I’m only going to the houses with the lights on.
I hear from a lot of people who are willing to change jobs, or are open to new opportunities. Unfortunately, almost all of these people are waiting to be discovered. They aren’t actively doing anything to show me who they are and why I should be looking for them.
Their argument is they don’t want their current employer to know they’re looking. My argument back is that isn’t the best way to be discovered anyway! Hiring managers love passive candidates, people who aren’t looking. You can be a passively-active candidate without floating your resume all over God’s green earth and changing your LinkedIn headline to “Now Open to New Opportunities!”
Get active in your industry. Get active in the city and community you want to live. Let your personal network know you would be open to something great, and by-the-way this is what I think something great would look like.
We are coming into a decade where there will be more jobs than qualified people. You can have some great options if people are aware of who you are. Just don’t think there is some magical fairy that will discover you sitting at your desk doing your normal job in the third row, second cube, fifth floor on the seventh building in the office park, the world doesn’t work that way. This isn’t Hollywood, this is main street.