LinkedIn offers an excellent place to reach out to recruiters. However, you have to know the right techniques. Otherwise, you’re likely to get lost in the shuffle.
According to the company, LinkedIn currently has about 800 million members located in 200 countries. It provides a dynamic resource for driving your career forward. However, this reach can also become daunting. It’s hard to know where to start.
Meanwhile, recruiters represent a major presence on the world’s largest professional social media network. One estimate indicated that about 5% of LinkedIn profiles in the U.S. come from recruiters. That means the platform provides potential access to millions of recruiters.
Again, this number is both encouraging and intimidating. There are lots of opportunities. But you have to find a way to stand out on a very crowded platform.
To break through the noise, here are five ways to improve your chances of building a relationship with a recruiter using LinkedIn:
Find the Right Recruiters
Some recruiters will value your skills and have connections with the kinds of companies you want to work for. Others won’t offer such a good fit. Wasting your time with a mismatched recruiter will only cause frustration and take your attention away from more valuable opportunities.
As such, your first job should be to find the right recruiters for you. LinkedIn can help you discover these gems. Well-chosen recruiters will be more responsive to your connection requests and more likely to have the right positions for you once you make contact. Use LinkedIn as a resource to locate the ideal recruiters for you.
Create a Great Profile
Start by making sure that your skills and experience connect with recruiters. Build a profile that will attract those with the power to place you in the type of jobs that suit you. That way, you can impress a recruiter once you make contact.
At the same time, set yourself up for passive contact. Recruiters will be drawn to your profile as they search for interesting talent.
Connect — with a Personal Touch
Add the recruiter as one of your LinkedIn connections. However, when you do so, include a personalized message. Otherwise, you’ll just appear as a stranger — one of a collection of interchangeable job seekers that reach out to them on the social media platform.
A custom message can help you break through the crowd. Here are a few things you could include:
- A concise message introducing yourself
- A personal connection (if you have one)
- Very brief description of your situation
- A mention of why you chose to connect with them
- A call to action
Follow Up after Making a Connection
If the recruiter accepts your connection, it’s time to spark a deeper conversation. Sometimes, they will initiate a further dialog. But often, they will accept your request with no additional response.
Remember: recruiters are busy people. They may intend to follow up but lose track of time. As such, you need to take additional steps to push the relationship further.
Start by thanking the recruiter for accepting your connection request. Send them your resume and give them additional details that might be pertinent to their specific business. From there, continue to stay in touch and look to move beyond the LinkedIn stage.
Go Beyond LinkedIn
Speaking of moving beyond…
LinkedIn provides an excellent resource to connect with recruiters. However, it shouldn’t represent your only tool in this process. Rather, you should leverage its features in combination with other forms of communication, raising your chances to make meaningful contact.
Once you’ve discovered an intriguing recruiter on LinkedIn, use other platforms to conduct additional research. This can include:
- Reviewing the recruiter’s website
- Scanning their social media feeds
- Reaching out by email
- Pinging your network to see if anyone you know has worked with the recruiter
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