I get a LOT of email from recruiters, this is a collection of the strangest:
Hedging their bets:
“We may or may not have spoken in the recent past.”
A bit of desperation?
I know you’re probably thinking “pleeeeease leave me alone” BUT I’m only contacting you because you are fantastic.
The epic essay preamble:
Sometimes I call and people can’t talk because they are sat next to their boss and they tell me to email. Sometimes I email and people complain that it is a very impersonal approach!
Over the years I have analysed and discussed with colleagues what I think is the most effective approach and what I’ve actually concluded is this…
Phone – Email – LinkedIn – Facebook – Text message – Pigeon courier – it is actually completely irrelevant, what it all boils down to is timing. The very fact that I am writing to you now is because I know that you are the type of candidate that my clients would be interested in.
[1 sentence about the job]
So…How was my timing?
More desperation resulting in EXTRA deletion:
I know you get loads of messages – Before you delete this just read the next two lines please
I NEVER want to touch your base:
I have come across your profile and am very interested in touching base with you.
A while? Try never:
I wanted to get in touch as we haven’t spoken in a while.
Oh, well if you lived *near* where I worked then I’m definitely interested:
I noticed your profile and punkchip website this morning and really want to reach out. I used to live really close to Forward’s offices too!