Tap into a Hidden Gem…Passive Job Seekers


Some of the best talent is already employed…and not actively seeking a new position. However, this doesn’t mean they’re not open to an attractive career move. In fact, a recent survey released by Jobvite, which polled 2,000 American adults, found that 69 percent of individuals employed in the U.S. are open to taking a new job. This is up from 61 percent last year. For your company, this presents an attractive opportunity to tap into a hidden source of talent – who aren’t officially on the “market” yet.

Also, this shows that you have to take care of your people. Otherwise, they’ll jump ship when approached by another company.

Finding “Mr. or Ms. Right”  

Before tapping into passive job seekers, it’s important to define what you want. Although this sounds simple, everyone involved needs to agree on a few important points, like the skills needed for the job and performance objectives.

Why is this so important?

Passive job seekers are a different type of candidate. Remember, they’re not “officially” on the market yet. They want to know all the details about the job, before deciding if they’ll engage with you. Without these important details, they’ll disengage before you discover if they’re right for the position or not.

Focus on Career Moves  

The majority of passive job seekers aren’t looking for lateral job changes. Instead, they’re looking for career moves that expand their value proposition, add new skills – and expand future opportunities.

This means, to recruit passive job seekers you must present your opportunity in a new way, allowing them to understand how it stretches and grows their career. Also, an attractive brand will assist with recruiting passive job seekers.

Getting Attention 

Social media has changed how recruiters are getting the attention of passive job seekers. LinkedIn can be highly effective for connecting with this group of talent. Promoting job openings through social media channels, such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn can also reach passive job seekers, where they’re spending time. 

Do you need help? If you need assistance tapping into passive job seekers, CERS can help. It’s what we do best.  Simply call 561-910-8000 or email us today to discuss our success fee model.  Don’t pay anything, until we deliver for you. Also, don’t forget to sign up for our blog! Subscribe to our RSS feed and we’ll deliver upcoming “Hire This, Not That” posts conveniently to your inbox! 


Entrepreneur Magazine. Find the Right Person in 6 Steps. Retrieved 12/13/12 from https://m.entrepreneur.com/article/202432

Jobvite. Social Recruiting Survey 2012. Retrieved 12/13/12 from https://recruiting.jobvite.com/resources/social-recruiting-reports-and-trends/


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