Discussion on: How do you respond to recruiters?

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Rob Kendal {{☕}}

Depends on the particular outreach for me...

I find text messages weirdly invasive and don't like them. They feel a bit more personal, like you'd only want them from expected sources or friends/family/authentication mechanisms. I don't usually remember giving my number to a random recruiter. These ones I tend to ignore and delete or unsubscribe where possible.

For random recruitment emails, I rarely reply unless their offering intrigues me. Unless it's personalised (which, in my experience, they rarely are) or from a recruiter connection I know, then it tends to be a recruitment email blunderbuss approach and so in the bin it goes.

For phone calls, I usually take those and like to connect with recruiters. It only takes 5-10 minutes to make a connection that may be of mutual benefit in the future so that's fine with me. If it's not a good time, then I'll gracefully

Same for LinkedIn. Sure, you get the odd InMail generalised spam and ones that don't even take the time to read your profile/history at all (10 years front end? Here's a PHP job...WTF?!) and those I don't waste my time with. But, like the calls, I'll always connect with genuine connections as you never know down the line.

I don't have a template reply, so to speak, but I do point them at my website's recruitment FAQ where they can get answers to the most common information I get asked about, including my CV. It just saves everyone some time.