The Worst Recruiting Email Ever

Have you ever received an email from a recruiter that was utterly irrelevant to whatever job you actually do? I get a lot of emails about telemarketing roles and marketing jobs. Both of which I would have been overqualified to do in 11th grade, even though they require a college degree.

What’s even more offensive than the miserable salaries they suggest? 

The way they ask in the first place. It sets the tone that an email from a recruiter isn’t an opportunity but something to be ignored and deleted before you even read the preview. 

It happens every single day. 

So, in jest, I’ve written the Best/Worst Recruiting Email ever. It’s a mix of the best terrible templated language I could find. I didn’t add a splash of the signature Three Ears snark because let’s face it, that would make these better than they are.  

Hi %first%name%,

I am a tech recruiter. I came across your profile on LinkedIn. I am very impressed by your backgrounds. 

I have an exciting opportunity in your area for Senior Java Ninjas II. We are currently seeking a highly collaborative rockstar to elevate our collaboration. Culture fit a must!

Based on your background, you seem perfect for the job. If not, let me know if you know anyone who would be a good fit for this job. 

Please send me a copy of your resume. 


*Please note, only successful candidates will be contacted.

Most recruiting emails fail. So, we wrote the book on how to write an email that doesn’t get deleted. You can get your copy here to learn more about subject lines, research and more. 


Candidate Generation and Nurturing recruiting

Kat Kibben View All →

Kat Kibben [they/them] is a keynote speaker, writing expert, and LGBTQIA+ advocate who teaches hiring teams how to write inclusive job postings that will get the right person to apply faster.

Before founding Three Ears Media, Katrina was a CMO, Technical Copywriter, and Managing Editor for leading companies like Monster,, and Randstad Worldwide. With 15+ years of recruitment marketing and training experience, Katrina knows how to turn talented recruiting teams into talented writers who write for people, not about work.

Today, Katrina is frequently featured as an HR and recruiting expert in publications like The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Forbes. They’ve been named to numerous lists, including LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Job Search & Careers. When not speaking, writing, or training, you’ll find Katrina traveling the country in their van or spending some much needed downtime with the dogs that inspired the name Three Ears Media.

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  1. Hi Katrina – not to be outdone, I may have your worst recruiting email. This was saved as a template in LinkedIn from my predecessor before I joined my organization.

    “I hope this message finds you well :-)
    So, I found your info on LinkedIn (obviously :-)) Anyways, I wanted to reach out to you and see if you had any interest in exploring potential opportunities with BNSF Logistics.
    We have a small successful team in Roswell (is that close to you? I’m ridiculously terrible with maps and figuring that stuff out :-( it’s a total curse, and makes me seem way dumber then I am, I promise!!) anyways (sorry!) we are growing the office and looking to add another go-getter or two!
    Thoughts? Any possible interest in just chatting? One industry pro to another? :-)

    Okay, well, I would love to speak with you about BNSF when you have a moment. And I really appreciate you taking the time to hear/read me out :-)”

    As you can guess, it is probably best she is no longer with our organization.

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