Why do recruiters insist on introductory meetings even when you say you aren’t looking? Do they think they can trick you into taking a position somewhere else? Or do they really think that intro meeting will mean that you come back to them in a couple of years to use them?

Just getting tired of saying no on the cold calls and them insisting on talking to me.

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Yes to most of this. Some think they can trick you. Most think that a meeting or a chat will establish a relationship so that they will be your recruiter on call. General rule of thumb, the recruiters who cold call to just “introduce themselves/check in/see how it’s going/etc” are not the ones to work with.

Also gotta love the recruiters who call with a “great opportunity” despite not knowing anything about you or what a great opportunity would actually look like to you.

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Cold callers rely on a numbers game to secure candidates. A recruiter once told me they are expected to make a minimum of 100 calls/day. At that volume, they don’t really have an opportunity to perform the proper research prior to picking up the phone. It is a lot of rapid dial and immediately on to the next one.

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Sales tactics. Which frankly you should get up to speed on in the off chance you want to become a partner. Or, just don’t pick up the phone for numbers you don’t recognize.

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This is not so say that there aren’t some excellent recruiters out there that can be extremely beneficial. But the cold callers….. just no!

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Cold callers get a bad rap. But I talk to folks just to see what’s up. Sometimes cold callers are part of a broader network that can hook you up. Helped me land both my top law firm jobs. First one randomly called me and a few weeks later I was set - she was older and great and making connections. Second one was part of a group and I asked him if there were job opens in a particular market he knew about - few weeks later I was at a new firm in a new state. If ya don’t want to talk to them, ignore unknown numbers and delete their voicemail. I find the LinkedIn spam the most annoying though - the kind that goes “irresistible opportunity” and has no idea what kind of law you do 😂

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