For everyone looking for remote jobs, do NOT underestimate recruiters!
They can be a valuable distribution channel. They have a significant financial incentive to connect you with companies hiring your profile.
You should use recruiters as your sales team!
I personally don't send angry replies to recruiters.
Instead, I politely decline their invitations (when I'm not interested). And I add them to a list.
This list of recruiters is like career insurance. I'd reach out to them whenever I need a job.
It's also true that recruiters sometimes abuse a bit their position, and push candidates to move to a new company on the 7th month.
They usually have a "free replacement clause" that exhausts after six months. So they'll aggressively reach out to candidates to move again.
In any case, you should:
- Not ignore recruiters.
- Find which recruiters are relevant to you (market, role, etc.)
- Establish a relationship with them.
- Be open to them sending you opportunities.
At the minimum, you'll have a first-hand pulse of the market for your role.
How do you get recruiters to find you?
A good first step is to optimize your Linkedin profile to show up for the keywords that recruiters search for.
Inb4: Recruiters are hired by companies to find candidates for roles that are difficult to fill.
- Senior profiles.
- Experience in niche technologies.
- Experience in specific industry verticals, etc.
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