Our Experts | Courtney Reynolds
In the recruiting world, a purple squirrel is a term used for a perfect employee: one that fits every education, experience level, skillset and personality requirement. One that will single-handedly change the company for the better. In other words, it’s that one rare gem of an employee that fits like a puzzle piece into a certain organization.
A lot of times, job seekers contact recruiters in search of a purple squirrel opportunity. They may already be employed and decently satisfied where they are, but have hopes that they will find something even better by “putting out feelers.” Unfortunately, just because you are already employed and on top of the world doesn’t mean a dream job will pop up.
Unrealistic expectations when job searching will lead to turning down opportunities. There are so many great opportunities out there, even if they don’t check every box on your list. No matter the circumstances, even if you are still employed, show flexibility and the ability to adapt if you’re looking at other opportunities.
When reaching out to a recruiter about possible opportunities, be aware of your qualifications and skill level. If you’re freshly out of college with no real-world experience, don’t expect to be placed in a high level position with large compensation. If you’ve been in the professional field for years with a lot of experience and you’re looking to change the direction of your career, don’t expect to be offered the same level position you’re in currently. When you send a recruiter or hiring manager your resume, make sure it reflects all of your relevant experience. Recent grads should focus on any experience they’ve had besides their coursework. Professionals should focus on outcomes and how they have driven change in their previous or current positions.
It’s important to be flexible when job searching. You can have your hard “no” list, but be open to different opportunities. If you are currently employed, don’t think it means you are automatically in high demand. You are, in this case, the same as every other job seeker. You can’t expect any job offers if you’re only willing to work in your own personal operating reality. Show flexibility when it comes to interview times, job hours or location. Inflexibility will not only limit you from certain opportunities, but hiring managers will notice and quickly dismiss you as a potential hire if you are resistant to the qualifications.
On The Dream Job
Just as you most likely aren’t a purple squirrel, your perfect job may not be easy to find. As with anything, you may have to make sacrifices to get something meaningful. Just because a job doesn’t fit the perfect picture in your mind doesn’t mean it’s not a good opportunity. A job search should start with an open mind, especially when contacting a recruiter. If a recruiter is presenting you with good opportunities, don’t turn them down because it’s a 15-minute extra commute or the office doesn’t have snacks. Keep your big dreams in mind and focus on opportunities that have the ability to propel you into greatness.
If you are starting a job search, whether you are currently employed or not, these are good things to keep in mind. Recruiters are a remarkable resource, but you have to let them do their job and find you opportunities you will a good fit for, even if it means making some sacrifices. If you’re ready for exciting opportunities, contact an Alliance Solutions Group recruiter today!