10 Tipps for all Recruiter and Headhunter

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I would like to talk about the HR of companies. I mean, it’s nice to be shown interest in you as a developer, but there are limits.

Everyone is pleased about a message with a concrete offer for a job. And yes, of course I look at something like that.

But unfortunately this is rarely the case. Mostly generic messages come, which can be sent to everyone.

Hello , you would like to advance the dusty logistics industry in a start-up?
I am looking for one for our customer XYZ:
Senior Full-Stack Developer (m/f/d). Does that sound interesting to you? Then follow the link: …

And yes, there was a space between the hello and the comma 😅

I mean, they didn’t manage to put my name in front of the comma, nor write any info in the message. Of course I don’t look at those. My time is too good for that.

But how can it be that recruiters get away with it? The job market is not bad for developers at the moment. One is not dependent on such generic messages. Here the way you get written to shows quite a lot about the company.

A woman once advertised on a great salary. When I asked what great means, she didn’t know what the company was willing to pay.

She said that this was negotiated individually. But how can she say that it’s great? That’s nothing more than a phrase that doesn’t help me in any way to consider the job. Furthermore it makes the job rather unattractive.

But the coronation came this week.

I got a call from a recruiter. He didn’t introduce himself, didn’t give any information about himself and without much ado, told me a lot about this super awesome job opportunity.

When I asked him where he got my number from, he just said that he had received it from my company under a pretext.

How can he expect me to engage in further conversations with him? Does he seriously think he can put me through if he gets my number under such circumstances? That I am still willing to enter into a negotiation?

So here are 10 tips for all recruiters who are looking for employees

  1. Write who you are and what kind of company you represent.
  2. Write what you do and what your company stands for.
  3. Write which technologies you work with (developers want challenges and great technologies).
  4. Give some insights about the job.
  5. Don’t ask for my number, but give me yours and let them call you.
  6. Give a link to the company and job.
  7. Write straight down the conditions you tie to the job.
  8. Refer to the profile, then you can see that you have also looked at it and the message did not go 1:1 to 1000 people.
  9. Have a professional profile picture, I am not looking for a girlfriend, but for a job.
  10. Last but not least, don’t make the news too long. I don’t want to read a novel.

If I read a text with these Information, I am willing to respond, even though i may not find the job exciting. It’s just politeness. And then there’s still the chance to give more information and arouse interest.

I am happy about qualified and friendly messages.

You get tons of generic messages and end up deleting them all. Which is a pity, because there are certainly many great companies out there.

If you have any questions, comments or similar experiences, please feel free to write to me.

☕️ →👨‍💻 // Developer @ SAP

☕️ →👨‍💻 // Developer @ SAP