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“What should I do if I am passively looking at opportunities?”

ESS Candidate Newsletter – AUGUST 2022

Columbus, OH – AUGUST 2022

In this month’s, ask the recruiter, we talk about what to do when you’re just passively looking for opportunities.

Introduction – Aaron Wandtke
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Ask the Recruiter “What should I do if I am passively looking at opportunities?”


August is always an interesting time of the year as it feels like vacations slow down, kids prepare for school, football season begins, and we head in to more of a routine than we have had in the summer. August happens to be a wonderful time to do a personal check in with yourself and what you have accomplished this year. It’s a good time to take a few minutes and write down accomplishments you may want to add to your resume.

August also tends to be a month where managers check in with their team to assess if they have the workforce to accomplish all the 2022 goals and head into 2023 with momentum. If you happen to be in that situation and want to discuss your recruiting needs, please let me know. Recruiting is taking longer than ever so the sooner we start the process, the sooner we will see results. If you wait until the fourth quarter, which historically is our best quarter, you may have more competition than you would prefer.

If there is anything else I can do for you or someone you know, please let me know.


In the last year it feels like everyone knows at least someone who purchased or sold a home during the crazy housing market. What did we learn from that that can apply to searching for a job? Be ready! If you did not purchase or sell a home in the last housing frenzy, you likely do not know how this changed the housing transaction process. Steps have been cut out, inspections have been waived and many people pay with cash to help win the bidding war.

If you want to actively participate in the job market, consider the following:

  1. Update your resume – An updated resume with specific accomplishments is necessary for everyone. We recommend evaluating your resume twice a year, and keeping note of what you have accomplished to determine if that should be added to your resume.
  2. Be ready to interview – Begin setting blocks each week at the same times designated for interviews by leaving your schedule open. We have seen companies interview at night and on weekends to accommodate people in some situations.
  3. Know what you are looking for – “I’ll know when I see it” does not work in the job search process. Know what industry, companies, and departments you want to work for all help you end up in the right role. Without this focus, you may end somewhere you never wanted to be.
  4. Know what you will say yes to – Work location, title, compensation, market served, and size of the company may be a few of the factors to consider. Define the dream job at the dream company and work backwards to define what’s right for you.

Searching for a new job does not need to be overwhelming. Preparation, research, and reflection will help equip you for this process. If you need help in your process or would like someone to bounce your thoughts and ideas off, please let me know.

I can be reached at 614-885-8490 or by e-mail at