Dear Recruiter

Posted on Feb 7, 2022
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"Hi! I hope this standard letter saves us both some time, which we could all use a little bit more of these days."

👋 Thanks for reaching out. I’m always open to hearing about new and exciting opportunities and what amazing things that people are building. I do get a high volume of recruitment emails, and I totally acknowledge and am thankful for how lucky I am to be in that position.

However, this does mean that I don’t have the time to jump on a call with everyone who reaches out. Quite often, there isn’t a fit (one or both ways). So, in the interest of saving us both some time, I’d like to be transparent and make three requests:

  1. I want to read the job description. I am only considering senior/staff+ roles.
  2. I need to know the company. I have yet to work with a third-party recruiter. (I’m so sorry!)
  3. I would like to know the compensation bands before taking up your or any of your teammates’ time for interviews.

Unfortunately, without these data points, I won’t be able to discuss the opportunity further. Thank you so much for understanding, and if we don’t get to connect, best of luck with your search!


N.B. This letter was inspired by (read: stolen from) Alex Chesser. I encourage you to steal this if you find it useful for you!