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I am very happy at my current job and do not plan on leaving it. In the past month I have been approached by two in-house recruiters working for two of our competitors asking me to interview with them.

Unlike third-party recruiters e-mailing me over linkedin about jobs they are trying to fill, having these competitors specifically approaching me may be valuable information to the management of my company (I may not be the only one being approached).

Given that I don't plan to leave my job, attend these interviews, or even use the offers as leverage to negotiate with my current company, is there any benefit to letting my boss know about being approached by competitors?

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    Why would you want to tell your boss? Do you know the competitors personally, are they trying to purposely steal you away? – Miro Feb 26 '14 at 20:32
  • What is it you hope to achieve by telling your boss? Or do you think you may have some obligation to tell them? – IDrinkandIKnowThings Feb 26 '14 at 21:29
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    If I told my boss about all the times a recruiter contacted me in some way, I'd never get any work done. I suspect this is the same for most IT Pro's with some kind of 'presence'. – Dan Feb 26 '14 at 21:39
  • On the other hand, if you feel that you are underpaid right now you could get a sense of salary from the others and use that to negotiate a raise at your current company. – Fiona - myaccessible.website Feb 26 '14 at 22:59
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    Hey kidlvr, and welcome to The Workplace! I think you've got a good question here, but to try to make it clearer I am going to make an edit to it to try to help get you better responses. If you think I screwed it up or left something important out, please feel free to make an edit yourself to fix it. Thanks in advance! – jmac Feb 27 '14 at 0:40
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I would say no, don't tell him. That a company is trying to recruit good staff should pretty much always be true so it won't add any more information. And there's a likely chance it will come off as you trying to boast your own importance. Or the boss might take it as subtle form of blackmail; "Just so you know, I have other options..."

I can think of some situations where you might want to tell your boss though. If you somehow get more information regarding why your competitors want to recruit you.

Perhaps they are making a push into an area where you are expert. They might want to recruit you because they are trying to steal a particular client. They are planning to create a new product and want your expertise. They are starting up a new office.

If you are dealing with good recruiters, then this information shouldn't be available, but they might slip up.

Things like that might be valuable information to your boss.

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A good boss knows that his/her employees are constantly solicited. He/she can probably give a very accurate guess on which offers you receive.

The core question is: Is this new or important information to your boss? Are there any business actions he/she can take? If your friend was approach in the same way, would the message still be the same?

Examples:

  • My friend (mobile app developer) was recently approached by company B, our competitor, who is still doing nothing in the Mobile App development sector. I think they are trying to build up capacity on this domain.
  • My friend was approached by company C for a new project they are starting up. Is there anything we could be doing on this new project?
  • Recently, a lot of people left Company B because of dissatisfaction. My friend heard this while applying for a job there. This probably gives them problems to meet deadlines. Can we approach some of their clients and try to take some business to us?

The fact you were approached is not important. It is important that this tells you something about the internal situation or strategy at that company.

  • A good boss is doing the same. If I were hazard a guess his boss, at some level, is doing the same with those competitor's employees – Donald Feb 27 '14 at 13:21
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First of all you need to feel proud of you as your company competitors are looking forward to hire you in their company.

Now coming back to your question about whether to tell this thing to your boss or not depends on your boss relationship with you.

My suggestion is there is nothing wrong in letting him know about offers made by others to you.

If you tell him that you have been approached by the company competitors if he is having a positive mentality he feels proud that he is having an efficient employee which other competitors doesn’t have and he even feels good when he comes to know that you are not interested in the offers offered by others he will trust you more and he may give you more responsibilities which will increase your reputation in the organisation which also helps you to grow professionally.

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    I've downvoted this because I disagree. I don't believe there to be any positive outcome from sharing this information. The most likely response will be something negative or the feeling that kidlvr is deliberately trying to play people off against each other. This has nothing to do with trust or responsibilities and I can see no reason that any boss would increase them just because you share that a recruiter had contacted you. Bear in mind, also, that these aren't job offers - merely invitations to apply. – Dan Feb 27 '14 at 9:37
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    @Dan I have mentioned clearly in my answer stating that if the boss is having a positive mentality which means tell to ur boss only if he/she is a positive person(by working along with him you would be in a position to recognise whether boss is possitive guy or not). Coming to the interview part kidlvr has not applied for the job instead there competitors are asking to attend which says that they are interested in hiring him in there organization. Hence by looking at the information provided by kidlvr I have given my answer – suhas Feb 27 '14 at 9:50

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