In the recruitment profession, we look for “Career Seekers” not “Job Seekers”.
There is a world of difference. I teach my Recruiters and my clients to look for Career Seekers for several reasons. Career Seekers are looking to “become something more“ and “add career value” when they seek a new position.
Career Seekers will be excited the day they get started because they are beginning a new chapter in their career. The Job Seeker will be happy that the ordeal of finding a job is over. Entirely different mindsets!
– Career Seekers will likely put more effort in becoming very good and their work
– Career Seekers will invest more money, effort and energy in developing their careers
– Career Seekers are looking long term and will make decisions that will benefit them long term
– Because they are looking long-term, Career Seekers will be more selective and take more time to make a decision
– Career Seekers will talk to mentors and other trusted people before committing to a new position
– Job Seekers will come to interview “all enthused” and will “jump through any hoop” which is attractive to many Managers but is not an indicator of high performance
– Job Seekers will accept a position quicker with less investment in researching the company and the position
People change positions for a reason. Career Seekers will want to learn about :
– your position
Career Seekers are looking for things such as more challenge, better mentor, or if a seasoned manager, they may be looking for a team to mentor and lead.
Make it is for them to learn about these during the interviewing process .
Two questions that I like to ask that help me learn if I have a Career Seeker or a Job Seeker:
– Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
– What are you currently doing to get there?
A Career Seeker will have a plan!
The Career Seeker will be enthused when they understand the value your position will add to their career .
Donald Jasensky CEO/ Automotive Personnel, LLC 216-226-8190 don@AutomotivePersonnel.Careers