I encounter a common pattern of interaction with recruiters - a condensed version:
R: Our client is seeking a developer with experience in tech X in BTown. Can we schedule a phone call?
Me: I no longer focus on tech X. For the last N years, I have gathered extensive working knowledge with tech Y & Z and am only interested in positions where I can work with at least one of Y or Z. Further, I do not consider relocation in the foreseeable future and am only interested in positions in ATown or remote positions (>80%)
R: That's a pity. However, we do have other positions in our portfolio and we are constantly getting new requests, possibly matching your profile. Can you send us your CV and lets schedule a phone call to get to know each other.
Me: No thank you, but once you do have a specific position matching my preferences, feel free to send me the details.
In most cases, there is no response, or a very short one, sometimes trying to persuade me to schedule the phone call anyway.
I am not keen on leaving my current position which I like and feel comfortable in, but should the tech stack and location fit well and I can negotiate a nice raise, I might take a look at the opening.
Am I misunderstanding what a recruiter/agency can do for me, or am I correctly refusing to cooperate further without a specific position info? Do I have anything to gain by actually scheduling the phone call and sending over a CV? Especially sending over a CV feels like I am expected to do a part of the recruiters' job for them with no expected returns.
How should this be handled differently in other countries compared to Germany?