In reply to your unsolicited recruitment email


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,

One Reply to “In reply to your unsolicited recruitment email”

  1. As a Recruiter of 10 years I would have to agree completely. We waste a lot of time spinning our wheels on nothing. But, the most satisfying thing that has happened to me in my career and that keeps me going is having the pleasure of hiring NGINX’s first Sales Engineer in San Francisco and to this day, 4 years later, having him share the story with people that I helped change his life. It took me 4 months to prove to him that it was worth it. I hate when Recruiters don’t use integrity in their work. I hate when Recruiters try and convince people to do something because its only beneficial to their pockets. Anyway, I appreciate your article and if you ever want to connect and chat that would be awesome.

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