I am fortunate enough to have a lot of employment opportunities, and this means that I can be very selective when it comes to picking an employer. I exercise a lot of care up-front to be as sure I can be that I can fully commit, and when I make that commitment, I make every effort to ensure mutual success and mutual growth. This means that the bar is extremely high for me to consider jumping ship.
If you believe your opportunity has a chance of meeting my bar, then first send email, and clearly indicate that you have read my résumé; at a minimum, note the version number at the top of the main résumé page and cite it in your email. Please be sure to refer to this version and not any cached version you may have lying around; I update it regularly.
If you read nothing else on this page, read this: Only call on the phone by prior arrangement. If you make an unarranged call during the day, I will generally be at work and will have job duties to attend to; you will no doubt amuse my immediate officemates via my half of the conversation.
Note also, I am sorry to have to write this, because I assume that you — the conscientious recruiter who is taking the time to read it — don't need to be told: I am neither a recruiter myself nor a pimp for my colleagues. Adding something in your message to me about your search being for "you or anyone you know who might be interested" (or words to that effect) is a clear indication to me that you did not bother to target your mail to my actual experience, expertise, and interests. I will give your message exactly as much consideration as you gave to my résumé. Again, I apologize for the bluntness of this statement; I don't mean to offend good recruiters.
On the other hand, if you follow the handy checklist below, I will be overjoyed and hereby promise to reciprocate your thoughtfulness. Thanks in advance!
Please make sure your email includes all of the following. If not, do not be surprised to find that (a) you do not get a reply, and (b) you get added to this list.
Note, if there is more than one company or job you have in mind, list all of them. I am not interested in any back-and-forth discussion with overly coy recruiters. If either your recruiting firm or the company in question disallows you from identifying the company, then I am not interested in further discussion.
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