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Do recruiters typically ask if you’re currently employed? First time a recruiter asked me that on our initial call today. I know many are unemployed now but curious if they treat you any different if you were?

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A lot of times they ask so they know how fast you can move onto a new firm/ company.


Makes sense

Also to gauge your interest. If you’re unemployed you’ll likely accept an offer more than someone who has a job


Read: more likely accept a low offer


Yes, they typically ask. Reasons include: - How fast you can move on an offer - How sharp/generous they need to be on an offer - Indicator of performance It is generally not in your favor to reveal that you’re unemployed without a good story. Outright lying about your status may bite you in the butt but a well-crafted bluff may be in your best interest. “After 6 years doing X, where I mastered A, B, and C, I knew I was ready for my next challenge. I left to have some much-needed downtime, am rejuvenated now, and laser focused on doing Y and Z. Despite overall job market conditions, I’ve found multiple promising opportunities and am in active discussion/interviews with several firms that I expect will play out over the next few weeks/months. This role seems quite promising as well and I’d like to take the next step sooner rather than later to align with the timeline for this either opportunities.” A good headhunter will see through it, especially if they keep up with the industry and especially if you are coming from a firm/LOS that has laid off recently. That said, the headhunter doesn’t care that much. If they think your story will convince the client, they will probably be happy to put you forward. for many of the $100-200k exits I see on this bowl, headhunters are just looking to churn and burn. The more ok’ish candiates they put forward, the better.


Thank you so much. I agree a strong story is a must

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