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Career Advice Nobody Gave Me: Never Ignore a Recruiter

They are frustrating, annoying, and one of the best career resources you can find

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Hi {{first-name}}, I was going through your profile and noticed your work as {{job-title}}. I have an open role with a {{startup|scale-up|fortune 500}} and we’re looking for your skillset. Would you have time to hop on a quick 15 minute call to discuss the opportunity?

The Auto Response Template

Thanks so much for reaching out. I’m always interested in hearing about what new and exciting opportunities are out there. As a software engineer I’m sure you can imagine that I get a very high volume of recruiters reaching out on LinkedIn. It is a wonderful position of privilege to be in and I’m thankful for it.It does however mean that I don’t have the time to hop on a call with everyone who reaches out. A lot of the time, incoming messages represent a very poor fit indeed.I would love to continue the conversation, but before I do, I’d like to level set around the level of seniority that you’re looking for. Can you send along the company name, a job description and, total compensation details for the role you’re reaching out in reference to? While I very much appreciate the fact that exceptionally talented and engaged recruiters reach out consistently, sorting serious and high quality opportunities from spam would be a full time job without an autoresponder.In the absence of detailed information regarding the nature of the opportunity in question, I will be unavailable for further discussion.Thanks again for reaching out!

I look forward to hearing from you.
Alex
Thanks so much for reaching out. I’m always interested in hearing about what new and exciting opportunities are out there. As a software engineer I’m sure you can imagine that I get a very high volume of recruiters reaching out on LinkedIn. It is a wonderful position of privilege to be in and I’m thankful for it.
It does however mean that I don’t have the time to hop on a call with everyone who reaches out. A lot of the time, incoming messages represent a very poor fit indeed.I would love to continue the conversation, but before I do, I’d like to level set around the level of seniority that you’re looking for.
Can you send along the company name, a job description and, total compensation details for the role you’re reaching out in reference to?
While I very much appreciate the fact that exceptionally talented and engaged recruiters reach out consistently, sorting serious and high quality opportunities from spam would be a full time job without an autoresponder.
In the absence of detailed information regarding the nature of the opportunity in question, I will be unavailable for further discussion.
Thanks again for reaching out!

I look forward to hearing from you.
Alex

So I’m a dog who caught the car. Now what do I do?

I've been thinking about the compensation question. Reasonably speaking there are way too many unknowns at this point in time for me to really have a sense for how much it would take for me to leave my current employer.This is a really exciting sounding opportunity and I'm definitely intrigued, but I still think I'd need to know more before I gave an absolute number.Factors like culture, tech stack, growth potential, and responsibilities will all play a pretty major role in what it would take to sell me on the job.I'm happy to continue the conversation if they're willing to speak to me.

Why 50%

Other things to consider

I'm very much feeling ready for the next step up in my career and am interested in moving up to an Engineering Manager role.

What happens if engineers start responding to recruiters?

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Alex Chesser

Over the last 20 years a programmer, team lead and technical architect. I'm a father and podcast on topics in professional development and software engineering