We live in an age where professional recruiters have a lot of resources to track down candidates with precisely the qualifications they need. LinkedIN has expedited this with smart algorithms to connect recruiters to potential candidates with keywords and mutual interests.
I am currently happy with my job. I do, however receive messages from recruiters regularly on my LinkedIN account and email. These messages usually go along the lines of:
Hi there, I wanted to get in touch to discuss about your current work situation and future opportunities. I work for a large recruiting firm in engineering and tech. If you are looking for an exciting new opportunity, or simply willing to discuss current trends in the job market, I would be happy to get in touch. Please provide me with a copy of your Resume and let's talk soon.
I'm particularly interested in the
discuss current trends in the job market
and not so much in the
looking for an exciting new opportunity
However, I want to avoid the following:
- misleading the recruiter into making him think that I could be a potential candidate, thus wasting their time
- causing problems with my current employer and jeopardizing my current position
I want to meet this recruiter with the simple idea of extending my network and knowledge in the job market such as salaries, hot areas where lots of jobs are available etc. Just to keep my eyes open.
How do I respond to persistent recruiters positively without endangering my current job?