Passive Candidate

Candidates in a headhunter or recruiters database that are not actively looking to switch jobs are called Passive Candidates. Such candidates are generally sourced by headhunters who have a pre-existing relationship with them or because they possess a specific skill and are infrequently available. 

The right way to reach out to passive candidates is different from that of active candidates. Cold calls or cold emails with a pitch to interview for new positions almost never workWhat you need to do is research the candidate and first build a relationship with them. You want them to contact you in the future when they are actually looking for a new job and thus are “Active Candidates”.

Pro tip: Passive candidates can be tracked from their updates on social media about their work. Look for people that have been in the same position for over 2-3 years. 

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