Been contacted by a recruiter? Here's three reasons getting poached isn't always the best option to choose
Have you ever had a recruiter reach out to pitch you a great new job opportunity?
There's no denying it can be flattering – after all, they wouldn't have contacted you if they didn't think you'd be a good fit for their vacancy. And because it’s part of their job, it’s likely they won’t hesitate to sell you on the benefits of taking the new role.
That means it can be hard to see being poached as anything but positive. But in reality, the lure of a shiny new job opportunity can potentially cloud your judgement – so tread with caution.
1. The opportunity might not be a great fit for you
If a recruiter or hiring manager is trawling LinkedIn for potential hires, they're likely to be looking for a candidate whose experience matches the needs of the job.
And if your background is in, say, fundraising management, it might be fair to assume you'd be interested in a similar job. But does it align with your career goals moving forward?
Put aside how flattered you might feel to be approached and try to view the opportunity objectively. Would you have considered the job if a recruiter or hiring manager hadn't presented it to you? Or would you prefer your next role to be something different – or potentially more senior – to what you’re doing now?
If you're honest with yourself and realise you're only considering the job because it offers a slight payrise or a different location, it might be time to reassess.
2. You might leave a job you like
Presented with what might initially seem an exciting new opportunity, it can be easy to jump in enthusiastically without really assessing the pros and cons of your current situation.
There's absolutely no obligation to pursue the opportunity you've been offered – or, indeed, to even respond to it (though, of course, it's professional and just plain polite to do so).
If you've been thinking about changing jobs for a while, you wouldn’t want to ignore the opportunity to at least explore the offer. But if you're quite content in your current position and feel you haven't yet gotten everything you want out of it, it's perfectly okay to politely decline outside offers.
3. You might not even get the job
Take a close look at the initial email you received from the recruiter – is it personalised to you? If not, it's quite likely you're not the only person to whom they reached out.
And that means you're not the only candidate in the running – so there's no guarantee the job is yours.
While there's nothing wrong with a recruiter approaching multiple candidates, it could mean you'll have to go through the interview process and put in more work than you might initially think.
So consider: is this really the job you want to be putting interview and preparation time into?
Remember: It’s okay to take pride in the fact that recruiters are taking notice of you. But don’t accept a job opportunity simply because it comes your way – take a step back to really consider whether it really fits with your long-term career goals.
Have you ever been poached for a job? Did you take the opportunity, or decline? We'd love to hear your experiences in the comments below.
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