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Why Not to Say, “I’m Always Open to a New Job”

When I go out to recruit candidates directly who are not posting their resume, I often hear them answer me, “I’m always open to talking about a new job.”

Really?

So you are just endowed with hours upon hours to talk about random jobs in the universe that don’t meet any plan or purpose for your career?  So I guess when you come to work for my company, that you’ll always be looking for a new job, as well.

I'm Just a Squirrel, Trying to Get a Nut

I want to hear

What I want to hear from a candidate is, “Here is what I really want to do and be when I grow up. If an opportunity came along that helps me progress down that lane, then I’d love to know about it. Otherwise, I respect and enjoy the work I’m currently doing for my current employer.” Or something like that.

Quit Being a Slut

Imagine if you went up to a girl/guy in a bar and asked, “Are you available to have a drink with me?” and their answer was, “I’m always open to a free drink.” Get it? Sleazy. Gross. Not purposeful.

Have Direction

I want people with direction and purpose.  Know where you’re going, or any road will get you there.  Stop being the squirrel tying to get a nut.

Remember, “Money follows passion -not the other way around.”  Dan Siteman Garland, Host of “The Rise to the Top.”

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