Responding to Recruiters as Freelancer

Hi Everyone,

I get a lot of emails from recruiters about positions in my field for full-time employment. While I don't want to go back to being an employee, I feel that passing on these emails is leading to missed opportunities to expand my business.

How should I respond to these emails in a way, that would draw the recruiters in and lead to another potential contract?

  • David,

    It would depend on the nature of your business. I do Filemaker development. If I get any email from recruiters it is generally for contract work for a certain period of time (not full-time). Since all of work is basically done remotely, that's the first thing I ask about. If it can't be done remotely, I'm not interested.

  • Also, recruiters have to fill quotas. They might have no intention to hire you - might be lots of wasted time on your part.

  • I also get lots of these emails, the past two weeks I have gotten about 6 about a single job from at least 3 recruiting firms. Ideally I would like to contact the actual hiring manager for the job, but I cant see a way to find out who that is. Usually the recruiters aren't don't even tell you who the company is, let alone the manager.

    It does seem like a wasted opportunity when I am trying to break in to being an IC in that field.

  • Recruiters are never going to tell you who the client is just so you don't contact them yourself and cut them out of their share.

  • Agreed, thats what makes it frustrating

  • Sometimes I talk to them on the phone anyway and try to fish out info on the company's location (asking about my future commute) and the company's focus (trying to figure out what company). Sometimes they let loose enough info that I can figure out what the company is.
    The recruiters always want me to send them a resume, but I just tell them all my info is on LinkedIn and they're welcome to use that to fill their resume quotas, but I'm not tailoring any docs for them.

  • David,

    It would depend on the nature of your business. I do Filemaker development. If I get any email from recruiters it is generally for contract work for a certain period of time (not full-time). Since all of work is basically done remotely, that's the first thing I ask about. If it can't be done remotely, I'm not interested.

  • Also, recruiters have to fill quotas. They might have no intention to hire you - might be lots of wasted time on your part.

  • I also get lots of these emails, the past two weeks I have gotten about 6 about a single job from at least 3 recruiting firms. Ideally I would like to contact the actual hiring manager for the job, but I cant see a way to find out who that is. Usually the recruiters aren't don't even tell you who the company is, let alone the manager.

    It does seem like a wasted opportunity when I am trying to break in to being an IC in that field.

  • Recruiters are never going to tell you who the client is just so you don't contact them yourself and cut them out of their share.

  • Agreed, thats what makes it frustrating

  • Sometimes I talk to them on the phone anyway and try to fish out info on the company's location (asking about my future commute) and the company's focus (trying to figure out what company). Sometimes they let loose enough info that I can figure out what the company is.
    The recruiters always want me to send them a resume, but I just tell them all my info is on LinkedIn and they're welcome to use that to fill their resume quotas, but I'm not tailoring any docs for them.