As you gain experience, you're less likely to find a job by applying for vacancies and more likely to be approached by a recruiter. However, scoring that role involves something of a Catch-22: a recruiter is unlikely to be interested in you if you appear to be looking for a new job.
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A study of recruiter behaviour by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that the process is often surprisingly opaque, with candidates given minimal information about jobs when they are approached. However, there was one consistent feature, as Business Insider reports:
Recruiters also aren't approaching people who are publicly looking to move. Desperation or marketing actually turns consultants off, the authors found. They want people they might have to convince to move.
If a recruiter does become interested in you, check out our tips on making sure they like your resume.