Recruiters, Here’s How to Approach Me!

I get e-mails very regularly from recruiters asking for either a referral or for me to work for their client. Most, if not all, come to me in the form of a generic e-mail, very little personalization, and obviously no care for me as a developer. Here’s one I received today, and my response – it’s my hope that recruiters, which since they generally don’t Google us developers beforehand so probably aren’t reading this, will take this advice to heart. They will have much more success by doing so! (BTW, I’m very confused by this – first they say there’s an unemployment low, then they say timeliness is critical because employers grab candidates quickly. If you’re a developer, believe the first one – getting a job should be easy, and the power is in your hands.):

Good Afternoon All,

I’m writing to touch base with each of you, regarding your present employment situation. The unemployment low has continued in Utah and has created a tremendous need for talented IT Professionals across the state of Utah.

We current have open opportunities for .Net and Java developers, in addition to Technical Project Manager and Business Analysts. If you are presently looking or know anyone that might be, please contact me directly.

In this market timeliness has become critical, some employers are hiring very quickly to grab the best candidates available. If you have thought at all of looking, don’t delay, get in touch with me today.

All the best,

And my response:

First of all, I’m an individual, not an “all”. Secondly, I strongly suggest Googling the names of those you contact, get to know them, and approach them only if first, they fit the description, and second, you can personalize with them a little. I talk to developers on a daily basis, and they hate recruiters because of this. You will get much better response by doing so.

Without Googling me beforehand, I will respond with the above every time – please do your research before contacting me!

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Jesse Stay has been a pioneer in the space of social media marketing since before it was called "social media marketing". Originally a software developer, Jesse built a tool called SocialToo.com which helped brands like Pepsi, Brittany Spears, and MC Hammer grow their social media presence, and before he knew it brands were coming to him for help to grow their presence in very unique ways. His tool was featured on almost every tech blog and even mainstream news sites like New York Times, Techcrunch, and Mashable. Jesse also spent a brief period working FOR Facebook, Inc., helping them to build out their documentation to help companies integrate Facebook Connect into their websites and mobile apps. Jesse took his skills and helped the LDS Church kick off most of its social media programs. While there he helped launch the award-winning "I'm a Mormon" marketing campaign with global reach worldwide in the millions of views and followers. Jesse established new global programs at the Church to further grow its reach amongst both members and non-members of the Church, working with every department of the Church, also including entities like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Brigham Young University. He also helped the Church navigate its voice and presence during the Mitt Romney Presidential campaign due to the significant attention the Church was getting at the time. He established the social media advertising techniques and strategies employed at Deseret Digital Media growing over 20 million fans across their news properties in just 6 months, and was featured on AdWeek for his success. As founder and Principal of Stay N Alive, Jesse has developed very unique techniques in social media advertising to help organizations grow presences, within months on minimal budgets, into hundreds of thousands of highly relevant and engaging fans and followers. He designed and teaches social media advertising at LDS Business College. He has helped grow sales, and has a belief that yes, you CAN measure social! Jesse has been featured as one of 10 entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter (next to Biz Stone and Ev Williams, founders of Twitter) by Entrepreneur magazine. Jesse has written 9 books on the topic of social media marketing and development, including Google+ Marketing For Dummies and Facebook All In One For Dummies, and eats, lives, and drinks social media with a personal combined presence of over 600,000 followers on his personal social profiles.

0 thoughts on “Recruiters, Here’s How to Approach Me!”

  1. As a 25 year veteran of recruitment, I am never surprised by the “knuckleheads” who enter the industry. Obviously, written by someone without formal writing skills or recruitment training. My guess, he's one of those young “superstar offshore talents” we hear so much about. I get dozens of emails daily from recruiters offering me their candidates. I guess they can't figure out that I'm the competition.

  2. As a 25 year veteran of recruitment, I am never surprised by the “knuckleheads” who enter the industry. Obviously, written by someone without formal writing skills or recruitment training. My guess, he's one of those young “superstar offshore talents” we hear so much about. I get dozens of emails daily from recruiters offering me their candidates. I guess they can't figure out that I'm the competition.

  3. Ah yes, the unfortunate blast e-mail. Meant to look like it's aimed specifically at you while not being so specific as to rule out the other 9,000 IT professionals that are bcc'd on the same e-mail. It's such an unfortunate waste of time for all parties involved.

  4. Ah yes, the unfortunate blast e-mail. Meant to look like it's aimed specifically at you while not being so specific as to rule out the other 9,000 IT professionals that are bcc'd on the same e-mail. It's such an unfortunate waste of time for all parties involved.

  5. Lou, Corey,

    I agree completely – all I ask is just a *little* interest in me in the e-mails recruiters send. Heck, I may even blog about your job if you're nice enough to me (sharing the commission is nice too, of course). 😛

  6. Lou, Corey,

    I agree completely – all I ask is just a *little* interest in me in the e-mails recruiters send. Heck, I may even blog about your job if you're nice enough to me (sharing the commission is nice too, of course). 😛

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