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    BakerBabe

    This is pretty off topic so I’m not sure if this is the right forum category but has anyone ever been bothered by a recruiter before? She added me on LinkedIn a few months ago and sent me messages I’ve ignored. Then today she calls my mobile, which I let go to voicemail, then she calls MY OFFICE PHONE. While I’m at work. I don’t even know how she got the number. I’m happy and have no plans of leaving my job for another one so I don’t even know how I got on her radar. Any tips on how to deal? I’ve had recruiters pursue me before but almost all of them have either left me alone or just post passively without doing anything beyond that.

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    Copa
    Copa
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    That seems odd. When recruiters contact me, it’s usually through LinkedIn and it’s never aggressive. I somewhat recently got an e-mail from a recruiter to my personal e-mail address and I’m not sure how they got my personal info. But, again, it was a polite, fairly un-intrusive e-mail. In any case, if I were getting an aggressive recruiter like this I’d probably talk to them just long enough to tell them you’re not looking and please stop calling. I’d keep it professional, though, cause I don’t think it ever hurts to have a recruiter in your network. (Though whether or not you’d want to work with this person in particular in the future is another question altogether…)

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    Kate
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    This isn’t too weird. Recruiters used to call office phones pretty commonly, though I’ve noticed they don’t so much anymore. Just call her back and tell her thanks but you’re happy where you are and not looking to make a move at this time, but she could feel free to in-message you with opportunities you may be a fit for.

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    Fyodor

    I wonder if it’s a sign that the job market is improving.

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    TheHizzy

    Why not just reply to a message on LinkedIn that “Thank you for the interest but I’m not looking to peruse different options at this point. I’ll reach out when I do.”

    If it continues then remove her and block her number.

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    SpaceySteph
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    Are you listed on your company’s public website? That’s usually how recruiters get your work phone number.

    But I agree with others, you should respond once on Linked In and say you’re not interested. I think the assumption if you never answer your Linked In messages is that you don’t check Linked In very often, vs that you’re deliberately ignoring someone. A simple “no thank you, not interested” would be more direct.

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    dinoceros
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    I had a leasing agent from an apartment complex email and call me constantly until I finally picked up and told her that I had already found a place. A lot of people ignore messages/phone calls/etc. for no apparent reason, so I imagine they just sort of assume that if they don’t hear from you, you may not have known they were contacting you.

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    Kate

    Recruiters are basically salespeople. They’re looking to fill spots for their clients so they can get paid. Salespeople don’t just call a contact once. They know they will need to follow up many times before they get a response or can assume you’re a lost cause. If you want a salesperson to stop calling you, you have to give a polite “no, thank you.”

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    Copa
    Copa
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    At work, I get a lot of e-mails from PR folks who are relentless with follow-up if I don’t respond with a no thanks, even when they so clearly do not understand what my company does or what my role is. I find it terribly annoying.

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    BakerBabe

    I don’t have my number listed on there, so it was weird to me that she had my work number. I did a basic google search after her call and still didn’t find my number online. I just thought it was odd that she would call my office as a recruiter, especially since my personal mobile is the one available through LinkedIn anyway. I emailed her after last night and politely told her that she actually called my work phone but am also not in the market/not interested in pursuing anything. She called my cellphone this morning with her number blocked and left a voicemail again asking for coffee with me. I saw the call come in this morning and didn’t answer since I assumed it was a robo-call. I googled her just now and she IS a real person who does work for the company she claims to work for – just didn’t know they were training her to harass people!

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    BakerBabe

    “there” being my company website.

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    bittergaymark
    Bittergaymark

    Egads, is this a bold new millenial way to obnoxiously humble brag? Or merely yet another first world problem?
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    For fuck’s sake, answer your phone and deal with this ridiculous “problem” like any other grown up would. How you seemingly can’t even do THIS laughably simple task and yet are somehow in great professional demand is — frankly — quite the mystery.
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    Especially when this is compounded by the fact that ONLY an idiot wouldn’take the call.

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