How Do You Respond When Recruiters Reach Out to You?

How Do You Respond When Recruiters Reach Out to You?

Posted on 14. Dec, 2017 by in Career Coaching, Careers

If you’re an expert in healthcare IT, then you’re likely familiar with recruiters reaching out to you as they try to fill positions. When you’re gainfully employed, these recruiting pitches can be annoying. However, Jane Ashen Turkewitz tells a great story for why you should be careful how you respond to recruiters:

I had a candidate reach out to me via email, introducing himself because he was laid off. I recognized his name because I had emailed him in the past with job opportunities. (Please note: when I reach out to candidates, I break the golden recruiting rule by providing full JDs. I don’t mouse around or act squirrely with the info.)

Most people respond. But this candidate never did.

Fast-forward to his recent email…I said “Hey, Joe, I know exactly who you are. I’ve reached out to you in the past for jobs. I’m so sorry you were caught in layoffs but I don’t have anything for you right now. Let’s see what comes in.”

He wrote back and said, “I’m sorry I was jerky and didn’t respond to you in the past, Jane.”

No apologies needed! I know we are all busy. BUT, the point I want to make is this: you never know what’s going to happen. Just because you are gainfully employed today, shit happens. Don’t become complacent. Don’t become cocky about all the recruiters reaching out to you. Don’t assume recruiters are all the same. You never know when you might need help.

When people say “I hate when recruiters reach out to me,” I think, “How lucky are you that people are interested in you? That’s a gift! One day that could change.”

We’ve written a lot about showing appreciation lately. This is another instance where appreciating that recruiters want you is a good thing. Don’t take that for granted or treat it lightly. You never know what’s coming at you in your career.

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,500 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two other companies and advises multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

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