I am currently looking for jobs online and have posted my resume on several job sites. I have received messages from potential employers regarding jobs for sales positions, but my resume states that I am currently looking for work in the clerical/administrative field. Why would a potential employer contact me for a position that I am clearly not interested in? Do I return those calls to these employers and politely decline, or do I leave these messages unanswered?
Why do they contact you? Because they are lazy and possibly incompetent.
Seriously, I'm not just being snide here. They're not looking for sales professionals -- they're looking for warm bodies.
Do you need to return the calls in order to decline? It's your call -- you might find yourself having to fight off a sales pitch, or you might make a contact that could eventually prove useful, although I'm skeptical that they're a particularly attractive employer.
Anyone want to argue this one differently?