This is probably as common as can be, but I was not sure what to do when the recruiter's e-mail showed up in my in-box at work yesterday. It had general information about positions that are specifically applicable to me. My thought was that is was a semi-personal approach. The recruiter knew who I was, but may have also mailed 100s of people in similar positions.
When I got home, I cruised around the MT site to see what M&M or others had to say about responding to e-recruiting and found nothing. Ditto when I listened to the "when the headhunter comes calling" 'casts. I looked at the recruiters' website and saw a smaller, but legit-looking site. So, I figured, if it's real I should respond promptly -- sent a note this morning. I got a call about 10 minutes later.
The conversation went very much by the book (thanks, Mark & Mike!) and the recruiter asked for my resume after he told me who his client was and what positions they were recruiting for (well known company in the business). Score!
My question -- do I really want to get further involved with someone who approched me this way? I'm interested in what others might have to say from their experience.
Thanks in advance,