Post # 1
A little background: I have been with my current company for the last 4.5 years, in which time I have received 2 promotions. The most recent promotion was earlier this year after receiving some professional qualifications. The structure of my tiny organization is such that the next job role above mine is more than a few steps (skill level/responsibility wise) above where I currently am. The current role holder has 10+ years experience on me, and I don’t see him leaving any time soon.
So I have come to terms with the fact that I have kind of reached my peak within this company. And I’m pretty sure my head boss knows it…
However, I haven’t been actively looking for a new job. Right now my job feels comfortable, it’s flexible, and I have earned a lot of vacation which is helpful in planning my upcoming wedding. It has great perks, the pay is average for my field ( higher than some, not as high as others) which I think this is what makes me reluctant to find another job right at this time. I did however create a linked in profile ages ago which is semi updated, just to “be out there”.
SO… I received a message on linked in from a recruiter and she sent me a job posting she is looking to fill and would like to meet. I told her I would, and now I am SO nervous! I don’t know what to do or say! Should I be honest that I wasn’t planning to look for a new job yet and am just getting my feet wet and seeing what opportunities are out there? What if this job is really attractive? I will feel horrible blindsiding my boss and telling him I have been offered a new job ( ok I’m getting a little ahead of myself here haha)
Anyways, I’m just looking for some advice on what to say during this meeting as I haven’t been in this situation before.
Post # 3
Go into the interview as if you are ready to take on a new job. See what the new job would offer and then make a decision from there.
Post # 4
like you said dont get ahead of yourself….. check out who she is/works for
see if you can get her to send you any info on the company who has the job
on the bright side this could be a great but stay real bc a lot of those recruiters are just looking for any option….meaning be optimistic but dont start packing up your desk yet
Post # 5
I was recruited for the position I am in now. I went in saying I wasn’t actively looking for work but I wasn’t going to pass up any opportunities eiither, In the end, it worked out for me where this company offered me a deal I coudn’t walk away from. You have a lot of control in this situation.
Post # 6
I think that you should go into it with an open mind and hear what they have to say. Sounds like you are genuinely curious about what’s out there and what opportunities you may be able to find. Just tell them that. Always be positive always be open. Don’t be negative or closed off until after you’ve got an offer – you never know what could happen!
Post # 7
Go- make a good impression. If you dont take this one you might take the next one. Sadly, the economy is very fluid
Post # 8
OK so I just found out that this recruiter works for the same recruiting company as my boss’ brother! Now I’m worried that if I go to this meeting my name/contact info will be in their database and what if my boss finds out??
But I’ve already replied to this woman saying I am interested in meeting with her (before i realized it was the same company), we just haven’t selected a date or time yet. I need to confirm that the date she proposed works for me.
ahhh I don’t know what to do!
Post # 9
I’ve decided to just meet her for coffee ( in an hour!) and see what she has to say. The specific job doesn’t interest me but I suppose it is a good idea to meet and have her in my network for future opportunities that may be really good. But geeeez why am I still so nervous!?!?
Post # 10
Go in anyway, blow her away and make a friend. If the specific job itself doesn’t interest you, a good way to establish her as a contact would be to point her to someone who is qualified who would be a better fit for the job. Don’t flat out say you’re not interested, but soften it. You’re interested in looking at your options, but X would bring a lot to this position.
This is an industry contact and there’s nothing to worry about with being in their database especially if you’re not just a potential candidate, but also a resource they know they can turn to in the future for other positions. My dad has had a friendship with a recruiter for almost 2 decades now. It started as one position years ago that they decided to hire someone else, but because my dad would not only consider different avenues, but also could direct them to other people, he ended getting 3 or 4 different jobs from leads from this guy. The recruiter would also call him saying “we’ve got this, but they’re looking for someone more X, do you know anyone?”
Post # 11
I did it! It went well and she was super nice. She said I had a great profile that a lot of companies are looking for, but could also understand that I am not actively looking and still have a little more I could learn from my current role. She basically said she is happy to have me on file, appreciates that it will probably take a really enticing role for me to consider it, but will keep in touch and maybe see if I am more interested in the new year.