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rutee07907517dJust say you're not open to new opportunities right now if you think they'd be useful to you in the future.
Voxera734717dIf its through linkedin I usually reply.
If its just random I check if its a known firm or if they name a known client company and then decide.
If its obviously just random with no real info, especially if the are looking for people working remotely and they are from another continent I often ignore them.
AlmondSauce788817dIt's rude to send you unsolicited recruiter spam. It's not rude to ignore said spam.
I make an exception for stuff that is very well targeted and/or personalised - the most recent one of those actually ended in a very good job offer for me which I accepted. But that's exceedingly rare. For the most part, I consign to spam.
saucyatom65616dPersonally I ignore them, but mostly that's the inevitable result of failing to decide whether to answer them. They will try again another time anyway.
One time I also got a call from a recruiter who could not by any chance have obtained my (private) number legally (as in: I allowed them to call me). Also it was while I was having my head deep into work, so while I was trying to be polite about telling them to fuck off, I was not nice.