I am trying to get some folks to help me build up a network of technical resources (developers, software architects, DBAs, etc.). I have been sending emails and leaving voicemails, but I've only gotten about 5% of the people to call/contact me back.

What do you use as your "hook" for networking? Most of these people are not right for our team, but would know people who ARE right, so I am not directly soliciting them.

Also, I am an internal recruiter, so I am not looking to solely build a database (although that would be a nice side benefit) - I actually have positions to fill.

I would appreciate any thoughts on what people have used successfully in the past, and also any comments on whether a 5% response rate is good.


Katie Carty Tierney
Corporate Recruiter, BSG Alliance

cell: 952-261-9689
skype: txaggie94
Check out my blog - txaggie94.wordpress.com

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Craig, what you describe is essentially the essence of how a blog can help a third party recruiter.
Hi Katie,

I use networking tools like Linked in,Xing,Plaxo,Monster Network as "hook" for networking.

Being a third party recruiter and having restrictions about disclosing client details, its difficult to get good % of network contacts.

According to me, 5% favorable response is a good percentage.I have observed that out of 100 e-mail I could get 2 relevant contacts.

Also, to build a good network you need to keep in touch with every contact and reply every e-mail you receive as a respond. Just an acknowledgment will make a difference!


Shilpa Lele
Senior E-Recruitment Specialist
Thanks for the feedback. I guess, being a techie, I am used to a 100% success rate (that is, if my stuff didn't work perfectly, it wasn't done!), so the touchy-feely interpersonal aspect is difficult for me to fully grasp at this point. :)

Thanks, Karen! Very helpful link!

You can also join forums where technical people are most likely to be found like Tek tips forum.



I was trying to reach you on your cell but it was going to VM. I sent you an email from my official ID please let me know if you need any assistance on your requirements?

The two big keys here are Provide them with VALUE (thanks craig) and don't expect success on the first try (and the nod goes to Karen).

With this in mind focus on the script you use when making the initial contact, make sure you are leaving your mark (you want them to remember you), and stay in touch especially when your not asking anything of them.

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