May 20, 2014 by Andrea Giordano

You may be thinking that your job is great, you’re on vacation, or its just bad timing. There are a million reasons why you may want to ignore the call, but is it really a good idea?
Relationships are the most powerful assets to a professional. Therefore, if a recruiter wants to speak to you, it would be beneficial to have as many recruitment relationships as possible. Recruiters have access to valuable information, such as job openings, and by taking those calls you can stay up to date on new hiring trends and changes within companies.
A recruiter’s main purpose is to deliver opportunities to you. Simply giving a few minutes of your time over the phone to learn about these career connections can go a long way. Even if you are happily employed, good things can come from speaking with a recruiter. For example, you may have a referral for the recruiter or may choose to keep in contact with them to use their services in the future.
Responding to a recruiter, whether it be through phone, email, or some other means, can become a valuable tool whether you are looking or not, and may come in very handy down the road. Building connections with numerous recruiters will provide you with support when you need it, and alternate career options for security.
The other option, and often the one that seems more desirable in the moment, is to ignore the recruiter or abruptly turn them down. The downside to this is not having a good relationship with that recruiter in the future. You may be interested in a different opportunity with the same recruiter down the road, but they may not get back to you when you contact them because you did not respond when they tried you in the past. If you are not interested, a thank you email is also a great way to remain in good standing for future opportunities, versus no response at all.
Recruiting goes both ways and it is smart to make the best of every email and phone call for professional employment opportunities. Making these relationships can really strengthen your job network and ensure you have career opportunities available if you need them.

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