A Note to Recruiters from Anthony Anthamatten

As a professional Software Developer, UI/UX Designer, and Solutions Architect with years of experience, I would like to offer the following advice to recruiters. This is not intended to be mean or impolite because that is not the kind of person I am. But I must set some rules and boundaries if you would like me to consider working with you.

I receive 10-20 emails a day about projects from recruiters. In my career I have spoken to thousands of recruiters and done hundreds of interviews. I will read emails and if it a project looks interesting, I will reply and ask you for more information.

I am often asked if I am a U.S. Citizen. I assure you I am. Do not contact me if you are a recruiter in a foreign country soliciting a job in the United States. I will not work with you. I don’t care if your company has some presence in the US, if you are in a call center in another country do not bother.

I have spent more time in hotels in cities where I do not know a soul, missing holidays, friends and families. I will not consider moving from my home in Nashville, Tennessee unless it includes a generous relocation package. I am not opposed to periodic on-site meetings if they are required, provided all costs are covered by the employer.

Only friends or family may call me without permission. Email me if you would like me to consider your opportunity and we can schedule a time to talk. It is inconsiderate to interrupt my busy schedule with an unsolicited phone call, especially from recruiters.

Unless something is burning down and you work for the fire department, don’t flag your email as important. There are more important things going on than your email about some job.

My resume is 10 pages long and you apparently keyword matched me on some site that has my resume. Use that one, because another project or two isn’t going to make any difference to the client when they see the amount of experience I’ve got working with top-tier clients. (By the way, I would love to see your resume.)

I am a senior developer, designer, and architect with more than 25 years experience working with fortune 100 clients on more than 50 projects. Please don’t ask my bill rate. It’s top-tier. Tell me the highest you can offer and I will consider it.

Keep in mind I have been in this industry longer most recruiters. I want to know the markup for my services you are presenting to the client (BEFORE YOU PRESENT MY RESUME). I’ve had recruiting firms audaciously mark my bill-rate up as much as 100%. 

I can work 1099 (Corp-to-Corp) or W-2.

I hold very high security clearances. I am not telling you the last four of my social, any part of my birthday or what planet I was born on. Those questions alone tell me you are submitting me through some portal and have no direct relationship with the client. Real recruiters and sales people can send my resume to the hiring manager’s email.

A common question I am asked, especially from recruiters, is about any other people/projects I am talking to. I do not reveal that information, especially to someone I do not know.

Imagine if I told a client I would do something and did not do it. How do you think that would go? Well guess what? It is one of the reasons I have no respect for recruiters because the list is a mile long of recruiters who tell me they will follow up and I never hear from them again. That is disrespectful to me, my talent and time that you did not follow-up as you said you would and tell me the status of a project, whether they filled the position, provide feedback or whatever. It’s unhelpful, rude and even a used car salesman will call you back.

I am a professional and expect the same high standards from anyone who asks to represent me. I am not some resume you throw at a dart board and hope you make a buck on my skills and talent. This is a partnership and I will only work with professionals who hold themselves to the same high standard as I hold myself.

I work in a very high pressure occupation. The interviews I do are difficult and I am thrust into some of the most complicated and demanding projects. Each time, no matter what hurdles there are, I strive to achieve success.

I have an obligation to the client as do you as a recruiter. Most importantly, you have an obligation to me to be the best representative. I’ve worked hard to earn this experience and I am not some random résumé you keyword matched and beg me to send you so you can throw it at a wall and hope it sticks to make money off my talents.

If you believe you can follow the same high standards of quality, commitment, and genuine representation, then I look forward to a productive partnership with you.

Kind Regards,


Anthony Anthamatten