Current situation in the Netherlands is really good for software developers. But a bit too good. (There is always something to complain about, first world problems... sorry)
I would not update my LinkedIn with my mobile number because I think I will be flooded. So I am considering to buy a cheap prepaid phone so I can share that number because all recruiters want to call. All of them have job offers. All companies are working with the latest tech according to the recruiter and all pay a normal market value or above average.
So everything is the same. All companies work with the best and latest tech and pay the same. My current job is only 30 minutes commute from where I live and the pay is nice. So all job offers that I see in my mailbox pay less. According to the Stack Overflow salary indicator, I should get paid more https://stackoverflow.com/company/salary/calculator I have once told a recruiter about this indicator and they told me that it's too high. Seems to me that there is a high demand of software developers, but the salary is not increased, only the demand for more developers. Another proof about the current situation with recruiters for software developers: https://blacklist-recruiters.nl/ sorry for the dutch language, but the URL says enough. It's a site, listing complaints over recruitment companies.
I have read similar situations How to avoid recruiters and I am ignoring recruiter mails for a long time. I have over 500 connections on LinkedIn and have met only 10% in real life I think. I accepted all those LinkedIn invitations because I thought it would be good if I would lose my job that I could easily get a new one. But now I am flooded and I do not know what the next step would be to narrow it down.
I want to stay nice to recruiters and not sound too harsh or spoiled. But due to my (probably) high demand of salary I have to turn down a lot of recruiters. Perhaps I should start doing freelance work so that they can contact me with an hour rate offer. But how should I start this while having a job. This can't go unnoticed I think.
Thank you for taking time and read this long story. My question is: advice to start doing freelance work or do you have advice how to limit the amount recruiters or have them only contact me for suitable jobs? One more thing, about my work history. I have been a freelance when I finished school for a while and stopped to get a mortgage. I switched to a stable job and have the same job at the same small company for a while now (9 years)
If someone thinks that my question is too broad, please let me know what I could do to narrow it down. I do not want the mods to close it or put it on hold.