A recruiter reaches out to you with an opportunity that you do not want to pursue. It is flattering but they are busy and will appreciate your consideration and candor. Be responsive, be polite, be grateful. But most importantly, be memorable.

Respectively decline but explain why in terms that will position you as an ideal candidate for the position you want.

  • Explain your strengths and passions and briefly describe your ideal role.
  • Ask to stay in touch and connect on LinkedIn.
  • Offer to refer a friend or colleague who would be a better fit for the position.
  • Follow-up with a thank you message and the URL to your LinkedIn page.

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