Passive Job Seekers
When a person is not actively searching for a new role but is offered an opportunity, this is a passive candidate. It does not matter how the candidate's CV is found. If the employee did not apply for the job role themselves, they are a passive candidate.
Generally, passive candidates are sourced through job boards. Whenever you upload your CV to a site, recruiters have the ability to search and find suitable candidates for their positions. The potential candidates are then contacted and informed about the position available.
Active Job Seekers
Active candidates are those people who are currently searching for a new job. They usually go online to find jobs advertised and apply for the position directly.
They may want to leave the current company, advance into a new industry or just progress with their career. It doesn’t matter what their reasons for leaving is, if they are spending time searching for a new job, they are an active candidate.
Most of the time a candidate will go onto a job board and search through the jobs listed. They may also apply directly to a company. Active candidates can also be found by recruiters as passive candidates are.
Which types of job seekers do we recruit?
As a professional recruitment agency, we aim to find the right candidate to fit the role. For every new job opportunity, we don’t always rely on an active candidate to find the job. We always search for passive candidates as well. We don't mind what type of job seeker you are, as long as you're right for the job.
Some people are happy in their job role and are not willing to leave their current position. If this is the case, their CV generally wouldn’t be on a job board unless they have forgotten to take their account down. Yet, we find that a lot of people are happy to listen to us about a new position.
What type of job seeker are you?
You could be a passive candidate. Ask yourself this: Is my CV online?
If the answer is “yes” then you may be contacted by recruiters about a new job position you would be a suitable fit for. Are you be happy to move roles for a pay rise? Would you want to work for a different company? How would you feel about changing industry?
If you are an active candidate, don’t resent passive candidates for doing nothing and getting job offers. You yourself could be a part of this passive recruitment. If you CV is online then recruiters can find you just as easily
Optimise Your CV
For more information about CVs, read out blog on the Biggest Job Application Mistakes.
How do recruiters find passive candidates?
Just like a simple Google search, recruiters can search to find the right candidates. The online database systems let us look at the information you provided to these job boards. To ensure you have the best chance of being found, you should complete all the information you can. It's worth doing this for all types of job seekers.
Keywords are the specific skills or qualifications that recruiters will be searching for. You should include these keywords throughout your CV. For example, if you work in recruitment then you may use keywords such as ‘Recruiter’ ‘Recruitment’ ‘Sourcing’ ‘Candidate Search’ etc.
Use Microsoft Word
Don’t worry if you don’t have any experience with Photoshop. We are not looking for exemplary design in a CV. What would be beneficial is using Microsoft Word. Although computer software has advanced throughout the years, computers still can only understand the basics when reading certain file types. They cannot ‘read’ text that is on a JPEG. A PDF is not as easy to read as a Word Document. So, when writing your CV, try and create it in Word.
Keep a Simple Structure
It’s not only the content that matters in a CV. It is also the layout. The keywords you identified need to be included at the top of your Word Document. Generally, try to follow this structure:
- Contact Information
- Summary (including keywords)
- Employment History
Upload to Job Boards
Once you are happy that you have everything in your CV it’s now time to upload it onto the job boards. The more job boards you register with, the bigger chance someone will find you.
When you register with a job board, they will ask you a variety of questions regarding your job search. They want to know what your current job title is and what industry you want to work in. You may have to highlight your top skills and qualifications. It is worth spending the time to fill all this information in to help your CV get found by recruiters.
Instead of sitting back and letting the recruiters reach out to you, why not set up job alerts? On certain job sites you can request an email be sent every time a job is posted that fits your criteria. This means you won’t constantly have to look through the jobs on a regular basis, saving you time and effort.
Register with a Recruitment Company
Another good idea is to register your details with a recruitment company. But you need to make sure you find the right recruitment agency for you! Use Google to search for specific terms such as ‘Job Title in Location’ and see which agencies appear.
Although we are based in Cheltenham, we recruit across the UK and rarely have roles in our local area. So, it’s a good idea to check the recruitment agency’s current vacancies to see if they advertise jobs in the location you want.
Some recruiters also specialise in a specific job type. For example, they may be specialists in the technology industry. Double check their current vacancies to see what positions they recruit for.
Read our blog on How Do Recruitment Agencies Work? for more information.