[Infographic] Quick Guide to Recruiting Active and Passive Job Seekers

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You may have come across the recruiting terms “active job seeker” and “passive job seeker.” You may even fit into one of these categories.

Active Job Seeker

An individual who is actively seeking employment. They may already be employed or unemployed. They seek new opportunities.

Passive Job Seeker

An individual who is already employed and is not seeking new opportunities. In this situation, it is up to the recruiter to attract this individual to the company.


On the recruiting side:

You are a recruiter and you are told to consider active job seekers and reach out to passive job seekers. How do you approach this?

Consider this when presented with the potential candidates:

Traits of active job seekers: unsatisfied, strive for excellence, seeking change, ready for recruiting

Infographic Credit: Raghav Suri

Traits of passive job seekers: they have settled, they are not interviewing, they have great qualifications, they can be committed to a position

Infographic Credit: Raghav Suri

The Candidate’s To-Do List

Whether you are an active or passive job seeker, there are things to do so that you can be prepared for the next opportunity — whether you seek it or it seeks you!

  • Keep your resume, portfolio (if applicable), and LinkedIn updated all times.
  • Maintain regular contact with those in your network.
  • Have letters of recommendations prepared; ensure your colleagues/supervisors are prepared to write you a letter upon request.
  • Attend networking events. Even if you feel content in your job, there is no harm in making new connections.



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Raghav Suri

Raghav handles the social media networks and public relations content for Poprouser. He enjoys writing, has dabbled in a bit of event planning and spends much time adding films to his Netflix queue — which he'll eventually watch.
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