As a little kid remember that Santa kept a list and checked it twice, you should too.
Recruiters get paid when a candidate is placed into a position so they are TRYING to place in you a position so they can get paid. Cool huh. That makes them your best friend this side of the bar and the beer tap.
So even when you are in a contract or in a job… and you get emails or phone calls from recruiters…
1- respond with ‘I am on contract until (date) please keep me in your files’
2- not available right now but this would be a:
a- great option if I was looking
b- a little too junior for my skill set
c- a little too senior for my skill set
so here is my resume to hold on for future reference.
and thank them for their time and ask that they keep sending you stuff and if you know anyone in your network that may be looking for a position that fits them… you will forward their email.
Since you are their best friend to.
So twice a month go through all your emails and respond accordingly. This keeps everyone in the loop and keeps / builds relationships where you are helping others that can and will be your bestest friend when you are looking.
Worked for Santa…