I got this question when I humored a vendor with a “quick 5-minute chat” this week. I love it when people do their due diligence before a call. It’s just a reminder to me to make sure I always know who I’m talking to before that “quick 5-minute chat.” I mean… you’ve got me on the phone… which is darn near impossible… and you want to see if after 20 years I know the difference between an active and a passive jobseeker.
So do I know the difference between an active and a passive job seeker?
Hell, yes, I do… and it’s SO easy in my sourcing world!
A passive jobseeker may, and I say may, have a skeletal LinkedIn profile. They may just be a name I’ve found and they will be surprised when I contact them.
An active jobseeker has a LinkedIn profile and an Indeed.com resume. And is wondering what took me so long to contact them. Savvy, no?
I don’t think that was the answer the vendor was looking for. I think they wanted it to be more flowery. But I think it works. The reality is, anyone can be a jobseeker if the right opportunity is presented. Timing is everything.
And no, I didn’t pony up for the second follow-up call.
Kelly is the Recruitment Manager for Westat, a leading social science research organization headquartered in Rockville, Maryland.