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. 


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Katrina Kibben View All →

Katrina Kibben is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Three Ears Media. For most of Katrina’s career, she has been a marketer living in a recruiter’s world – listening to both sides of the talent equation to understand the real issues and find solutions for engaging and hiring better people. Today, she uses her technical marketing know-how and way with words to help both established and emerging brands develop and deliver content that fuels smart recruitment marketing that makes the right people apply.

Katrina has written for,, RecruitingDaily and many other digital publications. She is a recognized leader in recruiting and employer branding who speaks regularly at conferences around the world.

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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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