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Top 10 Tips for Passive Job Seekers

This article shares valuable tips on how to do a passive job search. So, read all the pointers and be job-ready anytime, anywhere. 

Maybe you love your job and have decided never to leave it. However, the future is unpredictable, and so can your work life. It’s better to be prepared for the worst than to cry later. 

There are plenty of unforeseen circumstances that may compel you to leave your job. Whether it’s a lay-off by the organization, a change in management that isn’t great with you, or some personal reasons. So, in that case, it is best to look for jobs while you work at your current company. 

In this article, you’ll learn how to look for better, alternate career opportunities as a passive job seeker. Wait, why is the word ‘passive’ used here? Who are passive job seekers? Read this article to learn what passive job searching is and tips for passive job searching.

Active Vs. Passive Job Searching

What is Active Job Searching?

The concept of active job searching comes into play when you require a new job on an urgent basis. As an active job seeker/searcher, you must upload your resume on multiple job portals, look for job opportunities aligned with your field of interest, and apply. 

Individuals doing active job searches use job portals, apps, social networking sites, and LinkedIn to find vacant job positions. 

What Is Passive Job Searching?

When it comes to passive job searching, individuals currently working in an organization present themselves as open to new opportunities. They love to hear and consider such positions without actively seeking and applying. It is the employer who connects with the passive job seeker. 

However, to make sure employers reach out, passive job seekers must keep their LinkedIn profile and resume updated. 

Why It’s Important To Be Prepared For A Job Search

Given the rising inflation, recession, and lay-off season, preparing for a job search is more crucial than ever. No matter if your current work scenario is comfortable, you may be required to do job hunting at one point in your career or another. 

Imagine you have to find a new job at a moment’s notice! One day you’re working, and the other day you’re fired! This is where doing a passive job search beforehand comes to aid. 

Top 10 Tips For Passive Job Seekers

Always Stay Active on LinkedIn

Nothing can be more valuable than LinkedIn during a passive job search. You may consider your LinkedIn profile as a digital version of your resume and overall portfolio. So, add all your skills, qualifications, and certifications to your LinkedIn profile, and proofread all your LinkedIn content. 

Write Recommendations 

Go to LinkedIn and write and share recommendations for your connections. Do so for the ones whose work you’d like to get exposure to. This way, you can receive their favor in return. Ultimately, it strengthens your profile in the eyes of employers. 

Get The Most Out of Social Networking

LinkedIn isn’t the dead-end. Gone are the days when we used to scroll Facebook only for memes and personal networking. Expand your network or connections by establishing a professional profile on platforms like Google+, Twitter, and Facebook. Your social game must be strong to let employers know your presence. 

Stay Updated About Your Network

Not only social media but also staying in physical contact with people who may assist you in getting jobs in the future. Connect with people who can refer you to their company. Talking and being friends with them as establishing a bond only to ask for job favors may seem selfish to them. 

Dig Some Info on Companies In Your Interested Industry

Prepare a comprehensive list of all the companies you wish to work for. However, make sure these companies are relevant to the industry you want to work in. 

Take a Look at Recent Job Listings

Every week, conduct a few job searches once or twice. Simply input the job title, skill, and work location and see what comes up. Anything that aligns with your future work goals and matches your criteria should be on your saved list. 

Keep Your Resume Updated

Make sure every detail in your resume is genuine and up to date. Make changes in your resume whenever you have a change in education or job. 

Always Be Prepared For an Interview 

Try not to use all your sick or paid leaves. Save some for the days when you get calls for an interview. Ensure everything is ready, from your interview pitch to your documents to your interview attire! 


Now, go through all these tips once every two or three weeks to see if they’re still effective. Check whether your LinkedIn network has expanded or whether you’re keeping in contact with the connections. 

So, conclusively, being prepared for a job search beforehand will only do you good, save the hassle later, and help you switch jobs in no time. 

Zaiba Fathima

Zaiba Fathima

Zaiba is Talent500's Product business analyst. Her degree in Computer Science helps her decipher the requirements of the product-engineering team, and understand both sides of the picture. Central to product development and delivery, Zaiba aspires to become a product manager at a young age and a director of the product team at rapid speed.

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