Does this role sound like a role that any of your colleagues might appreciate as a potential career growth opportunity?
“Thank you but I am not interested in a Project Manager role.”
“At this time, my interests are more toward a CISO or senior CISM role...evaluating information security policy, standards, procedure, and practice...and being a change agent to identify, socialize, communicate, and implement positive change within information security at mid-size to large corporations. But, I definitely thank you for reviewing my profile and having an interest in me for your position.”
“Thank you very much for reaching out to me regarding this position. I am currently with a great company right now and am not available for employment. I would like to add you to my contacts for future reference if things change, however. Thanks again”
While each of these responses is both appropriate and politely written, I have to wonder if anybody actually read the message I sent?
- Learn to Actively Listen
- Read communication that comes to you in its entirety. Don't just scan.
- Before you speak, pause and ask yourself if what you're about to say will add value to the situation you find yourself in or whether the words you're tempted to share will add fuel to a fire.
- Look for ways to help other people before they've helped you. Some people call this a "Pay it Forward" mindset. You never know when someone might think of you when opportunity crosses their desk.