5 Dos and Don’ts of Passive Job Seeking

passive-jobsearchBelieve it or not, looking for a job can (and should) be a constant thing. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should drop everything you are doing and go out to look for a new job. Rather, the approach we are talking about is called passive job seeking.

What is passive job seeking?

In a nutshell, passive job seeking is when someone is currently employed, yet open to the idea of taking on a new job/career opportunity. We’re not saying they are necessarily unhappy with their current job (in fact, most passive job seekers are pretty content with what they have), but should the opportunity arise to move up and further their career, then there shouldn’t be any reason for not giving that opportunity at least a thought.

In turn, a passive job seeker can continue working for their current employer, gaining experience while not completely missing out on opportunities to expand their career.

However, passive job seeking requires more than just twiddling our thumbs and waiting for a potential employer to offer us a job. So, we are going to go through a few dos and don’ts of passive job seeking. Take a look below:

Update your resume. The first thing you are going to want to do is update your resume. Since you aren’t really putting yourself out there, you’ll want to make sure your resume can do a lot of the talking. Also, don’t forget to update your social media profile (i.e. LinkedIn) and personal website, as many employers are now using these forums to seek out potential employees.
Stay informed. It’s always a good idea to stay informed on all of the latest trends and innovations going on in your industry. That way, when a potential employer approaches you, you don’t look like a hermit who hasn’t left his desk in years.
Don’t let it take up all your time. Since this is a passive job search, it is best to keep it as low key as possible. Don’t worry about whether or not your resume is getting out to thousands of employers. Remember, you are currently employed, so there is no need to for a sense of urgency.
Don’t over think it. Along with not letting it take up all of your time, try not to over think your passive job search. If you are really dissatisfied with your job and want to make a change, then maybe you should consider making the step towards active job seeking. Passive job seeking should be as stress free as possible. If an opportunity presents itself to you, then great, but don’t lose sleep waiting for it to happen.
Network. Networking is another great way to stay informed about what is going on in your industry. It also gives people the opportunity to get to know you and the potential you hold as an employee in their company or someone else’s.
Keep tabs on potential employers. While you may be in passive mode, it never hurts to keep tabs on the employers you would like to work for. Just take a moment every so often to see if a company you want to work for is hiring. If you really think the opportunity is right, then by all means go ahead and reach out to them.
Don’t be too forward. While it is good to let people know you are interested in expanding your career, you should never give away too much information or be too open about your intentions. A good rule of thumb is to avoid airing your grievances about your current position and stick to positive remarks about bettering yourself and your career. In turn, people will get the message that you are looking to improve yourself and no one will judge you for trying to do so.
Don’t jump the gun. If you do happen to get an offer from a company, then we suggest taking the time to really think about whether or not you want to switch jobs. Sit down and weigh the pros and cons, because as great as the new job may sound up front, there are obviously a lot of factors that could come into play –it is always better to take a job with a clear mind.
Do look into your current company. Depending on how big the company you currently work for is, there are always opportunities for you to move up. Don’t forget to take the time and see what your current company has to offer, whether it is a step up in your department or an entirely different position that has a lot of potential growth. Finding a new job within your current company can have a lot of perks, since you’ve already established a base with them.
Stay positive. So your phone might not be ringing off the hook, but that doesn’t mean you should worry. Passive job seeking can be hard for both parties. Remember, employers don’t necessarily know that you are looking for a job, so it can be a pretty big gamble for them to just call you up and offer you a position – you obviously wouldn’t want to be turned down in that situation, and neither do they.

Whether you are seeking out a job actively or passively, we here at AIM Careerlink can help. For more information, check out our Careerlink site to see some of the great tools we have for jobseekers. And, as always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!

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