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Discussion on: How do you respond to recruiters?

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Aaron Schlesinger

I try to be respectful while remembering that this is a business transaction. Recruiters want to get me to work at their company/client's company so that they can get paid.

I usually say something like "thanks for reaching out but I'm not looking for a new job". I close out with "feel free to keep in touch for the future".

It works pretty well for me. Most recruiters respond with something more human than their initial message that they probably blasted out. Some even thank me for responding.