In reply to your unsolicited recruitment email

<redacted>,

I ignore because I get too many emails to reply to all of them and I don’t completely trust recruiters to honor my requests to be left alone.

In my experience recruiters are very rude:

  • They don’t take the time to look into my background.
  • They contact me regarding positions that are unrelated to my skill set.
  • They contact me via a private work email address. Seriously?
  • They call me out of the blue during business hours.
  • They push their own agenda and don’t listen to me.
  • They don’t seek to form a relationship, something which would obviously be mutually beneficial.
  • They solicit referrals, which is simply rude.
    • Why would I pursue a position that you “hand picked” for me when you will gladly take anyone else I can steer your way?
    • Why would I risk my reputation for a referral fee of an iPad or a few thousand dollars? You should know that the candidate you are targeting is in an income bracket that is not excited by such things.

I take my career very seriously, if I don’t get the impression that you do as well then I want nothing to do with you.

I don’t mean to criticize you personally <redacted>. I don’t know you, it’s not fair of me to assume that you are just like all the other recruiters I have encountered. I don’t know how to recruit, I don’t know what tactics work, but I do know what turns me off as a candidate. I am sharing my experiences with you because you seem to be looking for some insight into my actions. I hope that you find this helpful in some way.

Have a nice day,
Sam