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  • Bob Mitchell


In today’s never ending flood of emails, texts, messages, chats, etc., we sometimes get overwhelmed and lose track of what is important and what isn’t.

Email and text are by popularity the most used contact for recruiters and candidates. When you receive an email or text from a recruiter who is interested in talking to you about a position and about your skills, that recruiter isn’t looking for conversation. They are reaching out because they think that you may be the best fit for the position that is currently open.

Failure to return an email or text does happen sometimes, but it is very important that it doesn’t happen too often. To ghost a recruiter isn’t the best idea, especially if you are on the market for a new position. That position may not be what you really want but that recruiter may have something else that you may be interested in.

Ghosting can only lead to two things.

1: A recruiter who thinks you are not interested and can’t be bothered to reply

2: A recruiter who thinks that you are not on the market any more.

Either one of these can be harmful to your job search. The importance of replying back to an email or text is to let the recruiter know that although you may not be interested in that particular position, you are interested in any other positions that they think you may be a fit for.

To not reply can be interpreted as not as professional as you may be and this can lead to a recruiter deciding that they don’t want to work with you.

This does not help your efforts to obtain new employment.

In the end, it is up to you to decide if you are going to be professional enough to reply back with a few simple words, Thank you but I am not on the market, or Thank you but I am not interested at this time.

This will keep you on the board with that recruiter for future positions.

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