I am sure that we have all, at some stage of our careers, been contacted by a recruitment agent asking the question, “are you currently looking for a new position?” This question triggers a number of thoughts: Am I really available for alternative employment? Will it hurt if I say yes and just see what is out there? Am I being properly utilised at my current company? When will I be attending the training that was mentioned in my job interview?
It is to this question that the answer will either be, “well, I like to keep my options open,” or “yes, what do you have available for me to consider?”
The way in which this question is answered will put the candidate into one of two specific categories. Either (1.) a browser or (2.) a hunter. The main difference between the two is the level of commitment to the recruitment process.
Browsers keep their eyes open for better opportunities for whatever reason, and will more than likely be interested in any vacant position in their area of expertise, but will not necessarily accept alternative employment should it be offered to him/her since there is no immediate need that has to be satisfied. Their interest lies in the unknown. They tend to think of excuses to not attend interviews or decline job offers when they are made, and he/she lacks commitment to the recruitment process.
In contrast to Browsers, there are Hunters. Hunters have a need that must be filled. Hunters are the candidates that need to look for alternative employment for reasons such as reaching a ceiling in present employment, retrenchment or serious frustrations with the current employer. These candidates are serious about making a change and will commit to putting in time and effort in the recruitment process. In their minds they have set a goal of a better future and will do whatever it takes to achieve that set goal.
In conclusion, it is neither beneficial nor productive to be a browser on the market. Job vacancies are usually available for about two weeks on average and the interview process can be quick and effective. Employers are hesitant in directing their time to interviewing candidates that are not 100% committed to the process. Says Laura Lee - Director at RecruitIT Solutions, “Clients have invested money and resources into finding a suitable candidate to join their company and much time is set aside for interviewing and getting an offer out. It is therefore extremely frustrating to engage in this process only to find out that the chosen candidate is really not sure he wants to make a move in the first place.”
So, when faced with the question “Are you currently looking for a new position?” ask yourself the question "Am I a Browser or a Hunter...?"
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