I keep my resume up to date on a few sites just to see what's out there. Normally, this leads to plenty of recruiter spam in the form of
Dear Sir, I have an immediate opening in the middle of nowhere on a 3 month contract. Kindly reply ASAP. This really doesn't bother me, but it makes me think that the bulk of the recruiters out there are just yanking keywords and blindly spamming the job seeker. Because of this, I'm a little leery of working with a tech recruiter when I seriously start looking for a new position, but the fact is that many of the good tech jobs are unlisted.
So, my question is this:
How do I find a recruiter that's worth working with? Up until now I've just had my resume visible in the usual places and have waited for them to come to me. Is there a secret hideout I can visit or a bat signal that I can use?
Edit: Just to put things into perspective (I probably should have posted this initially), I'm receiving roughly 10-15 contacts a day, and it's rare that there are any positions worth following up on in a day. A lot of it is contract work, when I've explicitly stated that I'm looking for FTE only. The locations are bad, even though I've specified major metro areas or telecommute only. Etc, etc.
I'm absolutely not adverse to networking with recruiters - in fact, that's exactly what I want to do, but it's an uphill battle sifting through all of the poor contacts that I receive on a daily bases.