Passive Candidate

A passive candidate is a candidate who is not actively seeking out a new job.

As they are usually happily employed and not looking for work, it’s likely that the passive candidate is a valued employee making worthwhile contributions to their current place of work.

Sourcing and successfully placing a passive candidate in a job vacancy requires a recruitment professional to be proactive in order to sway them to consider a new job when they are not already active in the job market.

Social media is a great platform to reach passive candidates who wouldn't otherwise visit job websites.

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