I got some emails about job vacancies, both from recruiting agencies as well as directly from the hiring employer. I haven't been in contact with them before, so I believe they got my contact information from my profile on a job portal.

Do I need to reply to all of their emails? I want to maintain my image with them as I found they may become my future employer.

  • There are subtle differences between that one and this...
    – komodosp
    Commented Aug 18, 2016 at 8:28
  • Are these actual job offers or are they just an attempt to get you to send them your resume? Commented Aug 18, 2016 at 10:55
  • Lewis, I tried to edit your question to make it more clear. Please edit the question to make any corrections.
    – David K
    Commented Aug 18, 2016 at 11:51
  • It's not a duplicate of that. Please read the other question before voting to close.
    – Chris E
    Commented Aug 18, 2016 at 14:07
  • Thanks all. However, there are some companies that I am interested to apply in future. Should I reply them?
    – Lewis
    Commented Aug 18, 2016 at 16:07

3 Answers 3


You don't HAVE to do anything, it's totally up to you.

There is not a lot of point in getting involved with the unsolicited stuff, this just spreads your email around and ends up with a lot of spam. It's better just to focus on direct employers and leave out the recruiters.


If you're interested in the job, absolutely.

If not, for either you could ignore them, but:

It would be polite to respond to the direct employer thanking them for the offer but politely declining. If you believe they might have something that's more suitable for you, you could add that too - they might ignore it but no harm in keeping your name on their minds.

Regarding the agency, if you trust them (i.e. it's not just spam) and are keeping an eye out for a job, you could respond to the mail and tell them what kind of positions you are interested in. They may respect that and only send you mails for those kinds of jobs in future (which is good for you). Or they might not, in which case just ignore future mails from them (or redirect them to your Spam folder)


Do employers/recruiters answer every single unsolicited email? No. You shouldn't feel obligated to respond to them all. If the position sounds interesting there is nothing wrong with responding even if it is just to say you're not actively looking for another position right now. If you're interested enough where you think they could lure you away from your position feel free to ask for more information.

The biggest take away here is don't feel obligated to respond. Just know if you don't you're not likely to get a response in 6 months when you're ready to start looking for a new job.

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