Background (repeated from antother topic):
I am a CIO, managing a fairly large IT shop (500 people). I expect that if I move to comparable or better position elsewhere, the position is likely to be filled through a retained search (the other likely possibility is hearing of an opening through a peer, vendor, or former co-worker, but that is not likely unless I put the word out that I'm looking).
I am using the MT advice to cultivate better recruiter relationships. One firm I was able to get into through a former co-worker. A couple of others I want to get into I don't have a contact.
I have called the recruiters, but they have admins who screen. The admins ask for a resume to be sent, and they will contact me after that.
I want to be respectful of the recruiters time (as M&M say - he or she is not working for me). However, I also believe the MT advice that initial contact should not be email, and just sending a resume is even worse. Also, their advice was for recruiters in general: maybe it's different for elite retained recruiters, looking for senior execs.
Any advice or comments?