What Does It Mean If A Recruiter Asks, “Are You Available?”

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EP 1548  There are many layers to answering this question that I cover my answer.

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm the head coach forJobSearchCoachingHQ.com. He is a great question I received from someone. "What does it mean if a recruiter asks 'Are you available?'"

There are 2 dimensions to this. One is if you are a full-time person and they are trying to fill a full-time position.The 2nd this if you are a contractor. So,I think the 1st thing you have to clarify is, "Are you asking me if I'm open to another full time position? A contract? What kind of thing is this?" From there, you can act accordingly.

Basically what the trying to do is find out if you are open to something else now. You are working. They have seen your LinkedIn profile. Whatever. They have gone back into their database and they have reached out to you.They are trying to find out if you're open to something else right now.

If you are contractor, there is a nuance to this because, as you know,They are trying to find out if you are available for this assignment NOW! Not 2 months from now. Not 2 years from now. NOW! they may have assignment open that they need to fill the next 2 weeks They want to know . if you can interview for the assignment. Fundamentally, what the trying to find out is if you are someone that they could talk to about the assignment and could fill it now.

Full time is different. Companies have a multi-interview process and all the recruiter is trying to find out Is whether you are open to something else. That's why you have to ask the clarifying question.

With contractors, it's yes or no. It's really that simple. In full-time jobs, they don't really mean right now. They really mean are you open to something else.

I hope you found this helpful. Again, I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. If you are interested my coaching you one-on-one, critiquing your resume and/or LinkedIn profile, preparing you for an interview or a salary negotiation, Go to my website www.TheBigGameHunter.us..On the top, you will find relevant camps for the service you are looking for. Purchase it. Schedule time.I would love to help you.


I'll be back soon with more. Have a great day.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1500 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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