It’s understandable why job seekers decline InMails from recruiters. They are afraid that they may be spammed in the future. However, LinkedIn has policy measures that protect the user’s privacy and prevent harassment. If you decline an InMail, the recruiter won’t be able to keep contacting you repeatedly in the future.
By accepting the InMails from recruiters, you can politely decline the job offer but still stay connected with them for potential opportunities in the future. If your circumstances change or the recruiter has a different job that matches you, you will still be able to message them even if you are not a first connection.
With the current economic climate being uncertain, it’s worth being kind to recruiters and thinking long-term. Even if you are not in a job right now, you never know what opportunities may arise in the future. By replying to the InMails from recruiters and staying connected, you will have a better chance of staying informed about potential job openings and industry trends.
A polite decline can go a long way in building relationships and opening doors for future opportunities.
Teresa Quintana Niñerola | Lead Technical Recruiter