recruitDC Poll: Should Recruiters Contact Candidates Via Their Work Email?

There has been some discussion in the recruiting community over the last few months about the best way recruiters should reach out to candidates. You can read a sampling of the articles here.
With the wide array of tools like SellHack, LinkedIn, Entelo and TalentBin available to recruiters and sourcers today, we wanted to know what you think.  Do you take whatever info you can get and make your move from there, or do you work to dig for more personal contact info. With the price of some sites today, gathering whatever information that you can – at a low cost – can be an appealing option.

What are your thoughts on emailing candidates at their work email address? Feel free to leave us some comments on why you voted the way you did, and what other things have worked for you.  We’ll compile the results and have a follow-up post to share them, along with any interesting comments readers share!

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3 Responses
  1. I think it’s less about the email and more about the content of that email. When emailing candidates at work, you want to be sensitive about what you say and also offer that you’re happy to correspond on a personal email if that’s easier.

  2. I think it’s less about the email and more about the content of that email. When emailing candidates at work, you want to be sensitive about what you say and also offer that you’re happy to correspond on a personal email if that’s easier.

  3. Interesting poll, Pete. I didn’t realize there was so much discussion around the topic. I email and call candidates at work daily. Never really thought twice about it. I guess that’s part of being old and in the game before emailing was even an option.
    The core of this issue, I think, is less about whether or not you reach out via work email, but more about how you go about it. That goes for all recruiting activities – calls, emails, meetups, networking events, etc. Approaching candidates with relevant, respectful messaging, regardless of channel is what’s most important.

    Probably a better question for next month’s candidate panel at RecruitDC, but I’d bet if you survey candidates, they’d complain a lot more about disrespectful/non-relevant messaging than getting emails at work addresses.

  4. Interesting poll, Pete. I didn’t realize there was so much discussion around the topic. I email and call candidates at work daily. Never really thought twice about it. I guess that’s part of being old and in the game before emailing was even an option.
    The core of this issue, I think, is less about whether or not you reach out via work email, but more about how you go about it. That goes for all recruiting activities – calls, emails, meetups, networking events, etc. Approaching candidates with relevant, respectful messaging, regardless of channel is what’s most important.

    Probably a better question for next month’s candidate panel at RecruitDC, but I’d bet if you survey candidates, they’d complain a lot more about disrespectful/non-relevant messaging than getting emails at work addresses.

  5. @Susan @ Ian,
    I think you both have great points that revolve around the content rather than the actual address. I think that is critical. Yet, there is some anecdotal info out there where people are very much against using work emails. I agree, its about content, not the .com domain.

  6. @Susan @ Ian,
    I think you both have great points that revolve around the content rather than the actual address. I think that is critical. Yet, there is some anecdotal info out there where people are very much against using work emails. I agree, its about content, not the .com domain.

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