Discussion on: How do you respond to recruiters?

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Pascal Dennerly

"Hi <?name>, I'm afraid I'm not looking to move right now but happy to stay connected.

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I make a point of staying connected to recruiters as you never know when they will be useful. You don't even have to respond to them if you're not interested, you don't owe them anything. The relationship is generally very transactional so in general they understand that they wont get a meaningful response until you actually intend to use them.

Watch out for recruiters that say they have been asked to approach you directly. That's not always the truth. What I say here is:
"Hi <?name>, thank you for your interest. Can I ask specifically why your client would like you to approach me directly?

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The response, or lack thereof, should be quite revealing.