How to Source Passive Candidates Online

Passive job candidates are not looking for another job—either at their company or at another company.

According to a recent LinkedIn survey of 18,000 respondents across various industries, 75 percent of respondents from around the globe said they were not actively looking for a new job. 

That means 75 percent of employees are passive candidates.

Image credit: Deposit Photos

Image credit: Deposit Photos


Of passive candidates, 28 percent are not satisfied with their current job—they are either neutral or dissatisfied with their current job. That means about a quarter of the global workforce is not necessarily looking for a new job, but they’re not happy with their current employment. Furthermore:

  • 14 percent were neutral
  • 14 percent were dissatisfied in varying degrees

Bonus reading material: “Are You Looking for Talent or Resumes? The Golden Rule for Recruiters from a Veteran Recruiter”

We’ve developed a beginner’s guide to sourcing passive candidates. You can access our series here:

Relode Resources on Passive Candidate Recruitment

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