Whereas I receive hundreds of wordy emails about "exceptional opportunities" recruiters are incredibly frugal when I ask them questions about anything else - anything that is not "sales".
When I receive emails trying to incite me about jobs in Ohio, Idaho, central (never coastal) Pennsylvania, West Virginia etc I now email back asking politely why I might have received such an email. It is well known that I am exclusively interested in Miami. Miami and Miami Beach, not "Miami area". I have no intention of moving somewhere to the Midwest or into the "center" of any state. I want to move to Miami. I have family there and if I move, it will be there, nowhere else.
I ask the recruiters why I have received that email and do not receive an answer. I ask if MidWest is noted in my profile as preference and I do not receive an answer. I request that my profile be corrected and I do not receive an answer. I ask if Miami is clearly marked as preference in my profile, and I do not receive an answer.
I am aware that there is one or two profiles of me in background databases used by recruiters to share jobs and candidates. A long time ago I briefly considered high paying jobs in non-Miami locations and since then I have been receiving emails about jobs of that kind. So, why not correct it now?
But recruiters are not interested in talking to you, unless it is one of the following:
Are you going to submit your CV to me?
Are you intested in this job?
How did the interview go? Immediately followed by...When are you going to sign the contract?
Everything else is unnecessary fluff and will be avoided. Whatever does not sell is a waste of time. The ABC of sales, Always Be Closing. That is the recruiter mind and the recruiter life.
I do understand it, I sympathize with it. And you will too, if you ever, ever worked for "commission only". It's very simple: No sales, no money. Only the sale counts. Everything else is a waste of time.
Dear colleague, only if you have worked for pure commission can you understand the mentality of recruiters. And this mentality is worlds away from the mentality of a physician.
You just have to be aware of it. Unfortunately many young colleagues, after many years of living in a purely educational environment, and after having been kept away from business thoughts, are NOT aware of this and fall prey to recruiter sales tactics. We have to change that.