How Do You Respond When Recruiters Reach Out to You?

If you’re an expert in healthcare IT, then you’re likely familiar with recruiters reaching out to you as they try to fill positions. When you’re gainfully employed, these recruiting pitches can be annoying. However, Jane Ashen Turkewitz tells a great story for why you should be careful how you respond to recruiters:

I had a candidate reach out to me via email, introducing himself because he was laid off. I recognized his name because I had emailed him in the past with job opportunities. (Please note: when I reach out to candidates, I break the golden recruiting rule by providing full JDs. I don’t mouse around or act squirrely with the info.)

Most people respond. But this candidate never did.

Fast-forward to his recent email…I said “Hey, Joe, I know exactly who you are. I’ve reached out to you in the past for jobs. I’m so sorry you were caught in layoffs but I don’t have anything for you right now. Let’s see what comes in.”

He wrote back and said, “I’m sorry I was jerky and didn’t respond to you in the past, Jane.”

No apologies needed! I know we are all busy. BUT, the point I want to make is this: you never know what’s going to happen. Just because you are gainfully employed today, shit happens. Don’t become complacent. Don’t become cocky about all the recruiters reaching out to you. Don’t assume recruiters are all the same. You never know when you might need help.

When people say “I hate when recruiters reach out to me,” I think, “How lucky are you that people are interested in you? That’s a gift! One day that could change.”

We’ve written a lot about showing appreciation lately. This is another instance where appreciating that recruiters want you is a good thing. Don’t take that for granted or treat it lightly. You never know what’s coming at you in your career.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference,, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.