A few weeks ago, I received an email at my work email address from someone outside my company asking if I had seen a post they had put up on LinkedIn about a role they are recruiting for at their company.
I was skeptical of this, because I have not associated my work email address with my LinkedIn account- I guess the person had seen where I work on my LinkedIn profile, and just had a guess at what my work email address might be.
At the time, I just ignored the email.
However, a few days later, I received another email from them, asking if I had seen the email, which again, I ignored.
I have just picked up a third email from them about the role- so naturally, I'm a little curious that they are being quite persistent.
I am not at all interested in the role (having not given it any more thought beyond reading the job title), and am not actually looking into any new roles at all at the moment- I'm enjoying my current one.
But, given that this person has now sent me three emails over the last few weeks, I thought I'd look into it a bit more- so I searched for them on LinkedIn, and found that they are one of my connections (I don't know the person at all, but they have obviously sent me a connection request on there at some point in the past- it seems that they are also connected to a few other connections I have from my university- course mates & lecturers). This person is the CEO of the company which they are trying to recruit me for.
To be honest, I'm a bit annoyed that they have tried to get in touch through my work address, rather than just sending a message through LinkedIn- it seems quite unprofessional to me, especially given that I have not associated my work address with my LinkedIn account, and that there is nothing on my LinkedIn account to suggest I am looking to move (i.e. I haven't marked my profile as 'open to opportunities', etc).
I came across this question about what to do when a recruiter contacts you via your work email, and the consensus on there is to treat it as spam.
While this is the approach I have taken up until now (deleting the previous two emails without replying), and am used to dealing with recruiters who can be a bit persistent at times, given that the person contacting me is a LinkedIn connection (even though they are not contacting me through LinkedIn), and is actually a CEO, rather than a recruiter, although I don't want to reply to them from my work email account at all, should I email them on LinkedIn, informing them that I am not interested, and asking them to stop emailing me?
I appreciate people may view this as essentially the same question as the one I've referenced (as I've noted), but I would suggest (and expect) that the best way to handle this sort of situation will differ depending on who it is who has approached you (i.e. recruiter, who is not actually involved in the interview/ decision making process vs CEO, who obviously would be the doing the interview/ making the decision whether to hire or not, etc).