Do you consider yourself a “passive” job seeker?

Do you consider yourself a “passive” job seeker?

Advice / Career Advancement / July 18th, 2017


All of us are searching for another job, to some degree. For professionals who are happily employed, it would take a significant pay increase and better benefits package to tempt them away. But the temptation is still there, nevertheless.

The less satisfied a physician is with his or her job, the more likely he or she is to seek new opportunities. But when does passively glancing at a job board become an active search?

First, it’s helpful to define what it means to be a passive job seeker.

What is a passive job seeker?

To be passive does not necessarily mean to be disinterested. For example, you could passively watch a game of baseball, only half paying attention – until the batter hits the ball out of the park. Then, you spring into action, jumping, cheering and waving your cap.

Passive job seekers are in a similar state of rest. They’re currently employed and probably mostly satisfied with their work/life balance. But when that home run job comes around, you can bet that they will leap at the opportunity.

So what’s the difference between a passive job seeker and someone who isn’t looking at all? Preparedness. According to The Balance, passive job seekers keep their resumes and professional profiles up-to-date, so if opportunity strikes, they’re ready to pounce.

Passive job seekers are prepared for when opportunity strikes.Passive job seekers are prepared for when opportunity strikes.

How do you look for physician jobs?

There are many ways for passive job seekers to keep a pulse on the marketplace without actively searching for a new position. The most obvious way is through networking – you may hear about an exciting new position at a cocktail party or professional conference.

Another set-it-and-forget-it method is to create a job alert on Specify your specialty and geographical area of interest, and let the machine take care of the rest. This way, you don’t have to perform a new search everyday, and yet you get regular alerts anytime an interesting position arises.

When does a passive search become active?

As Forbes Magazine noted, passive job seekers are anything but lazy – in fact, they tend to be so busy with their work that they can only afford to search for a new position passively.

A search becomes active when it’s prioritized over something else. For an employed physician, that could mean spending your weekend afternoons looking for a new position rather than enjoying your leisure time. At that point, it’s time to start replying to those job listings and preparing for interviews.