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“I’m not looking.”

Why not? Are you perfectly satisfied in your current position and intend to remain in it until you retire?

Are you so busy now that you can’t even think about your long-range career plans?

Do you have a specific next move lined up and don’t need assistance?

Do you believe that you can conduct your search just as well on your own and want to get the recruiter off the phone?

Sure, you may be okay where you are. Maybe you’re too busy with current initiatives to even think strategically about your next job. However, like some sharks, careers have to keep moving or die.

If you are approached by a recruiter, chances are they are aware of your talents. They either have firsthand knowledge of your competencies, online research results or the recommendation of a colleague. It’s often in your best interest to at least listen to what they have to say.

A recruiter can tell you:

  • What your skills are worth in the current marketplace
  • Which companies have the most potential for growth
  • What career moves are likely to steer you toward your goals

They know the decision makers and can make sure you’re talking to the right people. They are often aware of opportunities you are not.

Why say no?

Is there really anyone who is too busy for a ten-minute conversation? Find out what the recruiter has to say before dismissing them out of hand. If you are interested, perform your due diligence to ensure you are working with a recruiter who is among the best in your industry. Research online, speak to your network and ask for references.

Take charge of your career. Don’t allow it to stall out when simply speaking to a qualified executive recruiter can keep you on track.

One of the best ways to ensure you are speaking to the right executive recruiting firm is to work with a trusted and experienced partner like BrainWorks. The experts at BrainWorks work with executives and professionals who are actively pursuing new roles and those who may just be exploring their options.

Set up an informational meeting with one of the recruiters at BrainWorks to discuss your immediate and long-term executive career goals. We can seek immediate opportunities for you, keep our eyes open for a suitable opportunity down the road or proactively market you into the employers of your choice. Contact us today to get started.


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