Seriously. There’s a line between getting noticed, and getting blocked. If you’re right for the job, and you do the right things to get your resume/ blog/ whatever in front of the right person, they’ll call you. If you know they’ve seen your information, and you don’t get the call – well, all the repetitive e-mailing/ insisting on “networking over coffee”/ yada-yada isn’t going to change the fact that you’re not right for the job.
What it will do is burn you into the memory of the people you’ve harassed – in a bad way. If/ when a job comes up that you’d actually be a fit for, you won’t get called. You might get slapped with a restraining order, but you won’t get called….
Right now, there are a lot of people – understandably desperate and scared, and I feel for them – who are going overboard. They’re spamming every opening they can find, applying & reapplying for the same jobs, calling and insisting they’re a direct fit, etc. This is a true story from a friend of mine, that I’ve modified: “I’m perfect for this job!” (despite the fact that it’s in Miami, and the dude lives in Duluth, and requires an in-depth knowledge of selling social networking tools) “But, I use Twitter, that qualifies me!”. Then, he called my friend the next week. And the next. And… you get the picture.
Here’s a secret: recruiters talk. A lot. Mostly to each other. Don’t get known as a stalker. That said: if you’re good, but not a fit, we talk. A lot. To each other. If we know of someone good we can’t hire, and hear that one of our buddies is looking for someone like that, we’ll pass that person’s name along.