Dear Recruiters on LinkedIn

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Dear Recruiters on LinkedIn,

Thanks for messaging me at least twice a week asking me to work for your company. It’s exhilarating to get these e-mails, as they make me feel wanted, like a prized turkey on Thanksgiving. The compliments you throw at me about how great my resume and experience look makes my ego grow a larger size.

But then I read more into your e-mail. I see that the position your offering looks interesting, but it’s clearly not in the area that I live or would commute to. For me to commute to a job in NYC, I’d need to be paid a few thousand dollars more to break even for the travel expenses and time lost during that 1.5 hour commute. Oh, you’re not willing to do that for me? Oh, you commute 1.5 hours each way and say it’s normal? Well guess what- I don’t want to.

Then after I graciously thank you but tell you I’m not interested (I love my boss and coworkers currently, so you’d really have to entice me to leave at this point in my life), you drop this bomb. “If you change your mind, please let me know. Can you send this to anyone else in your network who you think would be interested in the position?  If you know of anyone, let me know.”

Really? You just buttered me up saying I’m a “perfect fit” for the job, and then when I say no you tell me to share it with everyone I know. I clearly must not be that special if you’re suggesting that. I get it- recruiters are just trying to fill the job. They get paid if they fill it, regardless of who it is. When they hear a “no”, they will do anything to get a “yes”. But it’s a poor practice- it makes the person feel cheap.

Also, while we’re on the subject of recruiters, where the hell were you a year or two ago when I was desperately searching for a new job? Why do you always come into the picture at the worst of times, when I’m happy in my current job? Your timing is terrible.


Rachel (or as you better know me, this girl)


  1. HOW DO YOU GET THEM TO CONTACT YOU????? I have NEVER gotten a recruiter to try and recruit me. What am I doing wrong?

    1. haha! Honestly, it didn’t happen for me until I was out of college for a few years (a.k.a. had like 2-3 years of experience). THAT’s when companies all of a sudden want you.

  2. I’ve had this happen to me once or twice too. Of course never when I was actively looking. I remember the first time it happened and they went on to ask for me to be a referral I just sat there looking at my computer saying what??? You would have to think in job training recruiters would learn NOT to do that as it makes me never really want to work for the company or really rec it to a friend.

  3. HAHA SO TRUE! I’m constantly getting e-mails for sales positions or opportunities in marketing, both of which I have no interest in, especially since they’re not my field. But when you need their assistance – nowhere to be found.

  4. Ah, I feel like recruiters get such a bad reputation because of the type of recruiter you described here! In the past I have had good and bad experiences with recruiters – some truly did care about me and my experience! I’m sorry to hear that they have mostly just been annoying to you lol.

  5. RIGHT?! I barely even read my LinkedIn messages anymore because I feel like they’re all spam job offers. They’re just looking for someone to get on the line, they’re not REALLY looking at you specifically. Argh. Love this post girl- call it like it is!

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