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Dealing with executive search firms / recruiters

post #1 of 4
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I'm interested in how people manage cold calls from executive search firms / recruiters / internal recruiters. I receive several calls per week from the aforementioned and never return them - I'm not looking to change positions and don't "have someone in my network to recommend." I also don't really have the time to bother.

With the being said, I also feel that it is impolite to simply not respond. I also think in the back of my mind that maybe these people could be useful in the future when trying to staff positions. I should note that I am in my current position because of a recruiter.

Thoughts?
post #2 of 4
Tell them you aren't interested but lay out exactly what would pique your interest in the event you were. That way they'll keep you in mind if that perfect gig materializes.

Also, ask that they email you not call you.
post #3 of 4
Earlier in my career I always felt they might be useful at some point but then I realized it seems turn over in that field is pretty high and it probably was not worth my time to cultivate anyone that did not have a long record of success in that business.

FWIW, I've never used one to find a job but I have used one to recruit a couple of times and had good success both times.
post #4 of 4
Having someone with connections along with with a vested interest in getting you a job offer that generally scales up with the size of said offer is virtually all upside.
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