I thought some more about it, and having been contacted many times by recruiters, I know the best practice protocol is to approach prospective candidates first by e-mail (if possible) before calling in to them directly. This gives them the chance to consider the position in private and decide whether or not they want to take it to the next step. So, I drafted such an e-mail which is below for your review:
I am an executive recruiter working on behalf of a software engineering firm based on the east coast. Your name was referred to me as someone who may know professionals who might have an interest in a position my client has immediately available; or, you may have an interest in this position yourself.
My client designs, develops, tests, and supports large and complex engineering and publishing enterprise systems and is seeking a marketing professional that has demonstrated skills and experience to support the following activities:
- Website design and SEO
- Digital graphics
- Social media design, deployment, and analytics
- Project management (in a software team context)
- Brand strategy development and implementation
If you know of someone that may have an interest in this position, I would appreciate any information you can share. Or, if you would like to explore this position for yourself in confidence, I would like to set up a call with you at your convenience.
Thank you in advance for your consideration and I look forward to talking with you.