Are you looking for a new job? Did you know that you can find one by utilizing LinkedIn?
Experts agree that reaching out to a recruiter on LinkedIn is essential for finding a job. However, many job seekers are still unfamiliar with it.
According to experts, here are effective ways to reach out to a recruiter on LinkedIn:
President and Founder, CS Recruiting
Many people reach out to me on LinkedIn with an opening line that says, “Forgive me if this is not the right way to reach out,” I always chuckle because most recruiters love getting these types of notes if the candidate is relevant to their network.
Reaching out to a recruiter on LinkedIn is acceptable if you are a job seeker. Recruiters are generally eager to connect on the platform and use LinkedIn to make an introduction and learn a bit more about the candidate before moving to a phone conversation.
Most importantly, the candidate/job seeker takes the time to find the right recruiter to reach out to. Many recruiters are specialized and play in a niche, so don’t waste your time reaching out to just any recruiter.
Do your diligence to ensure the recruiter you connect with works in your region and industry and has interesting jobs.
Tips for reaching out to a Recruiter on LinkedIn:
Take the time to search for relevant recruiters before you start reaching out
This can be done through a simple Google search: “Supply Chain Recruiter” or “Logistics Headhunter” or “Transportation Recruiting.”
Once you identify an individual recruiter or an agency that seems to align with your background, review their website/job board to confirm they have opportunities in line with your skillset.
From there, you can hop on LinkedIn and search the company or recruiter’s name to get to an individual profile.
“Connect” with that individual and then send a personalized note in the connection
My suggestion is to first “connect” with that individual and then send a personalized note in the connection:
“I saw you recruit in my industry, and I’m looking to explore new opportunities, so I’d love to connect with you.”
Search LinkedIn to find the right recruiter or recruiting firm
Start by narrowing down the location. While most recruiters in the United States will work across the entire country, some work in just a single market or territory.
My suggestion is to start by limiting the location to the United States, so you don’t overlook those firms or individuals that recruit nationwide.
Consider filtering down to your industry that is relevant to your background
You may want to filter down to title and try keywords like “Recruiter“ or “Recruitment“ or “Recruiting“ or “Headhunter,” or try searching those terms in the company name.
Once you find a few options, take a moment to peruse the jobs they have posted on LinkedIn. If relevant, you are onto something, and it’s time to identify a person at that company to make the introduction.
Senior HR Business Partner, Zety
Make it personal and avoid generic messages
LinkedIn is one of the best resources available when looking for new career opportunities.
It allows you to reach out directly to recruiters, hiring managers, and headhunters, whether you are looking to inquire about job openings in a specific industry or company or following up after sending your application.
No matter which of the reasons above led you to approach the recruiter, it’s crucial to avoid generic messages. Even when sending your connection request, make sure to add a brief but personalized note.
Do a thorough research
The first step to a personalized message is doing thorough research. Once you’re sure you’ve found the right person, take a few more minutes to scroll through their social media profiles and get to know them better.
If you find a recent publication they posted, read it and have a comment ready to add to your message. If you enjoyed it, compliment it, but be specific about what you liked about it.
Here are sample message examples:
Connection request message:
“Hi [Recruiter’s first name],
I’m [Your name], and I have a professional background in Digital Marketing. I noticed your profile when it showed up on my feed recently. I see that you work in [Company name].
I’m looking to connect with other people from the industry and would love to invite you to my network!
[Your first name].”
Follow-up (after accepting your request):
“Hi [Recruiter’s first name],
Thank you for accepting my request!
I just read your article about brands bringing their media buying in-house, and I absolutely loved it. You made a valid point about it increasing transparency!
I’m also looking to work for a Client directly rather than in an ad agency and would love to discuss whether I could be a good fit for [Company name].
I believe my experience and skills would make me a valuable addition to your Digital Marketing department.
I would love to talk more about it. Would you be available for a phone call or Skype meeting this week?
[Your first name].”
Make sure you’ve got the correct individual for the job
Make sure you have the proper individual in mind before you start thinking about how to approach recruiters or hiring managers on LinkedIn. To find recruiters, put your industry plus the word “recruiter,” for example, “marketing recruiter.”
You can also use LinkedIn to identify local recruiters by narrowing your search results by region. Just make sure the recruiter or hiring manager is still working and hasn’t moved on to another position or area.
Start with something other than LinkedIn
Although it may seem paradoxical, you should initiate contact with a recruiter on a network other than LinkedIn, such as Twitter, where they will receive a notification with your name. When you connect with that individual on LinkedIn, they’ll be able to recognize your name and face.
View a recruiter’s LinkedIn profile after connecting with them outside of LinkedIn and make sure your privacy settings are adjusted.
Send a connection request that is unique to you
You’ve contacted a recruiter through another channel, looked at their LinkedIn profile, and are now ready to connect. But hold off on clicking the blue “Connect” button! You must first determine what to say.
It’s critical to provide a message with your connection requests. Do you accept a connection request from someone you’ve never met if there’s no message? Most likely not.
When reaching out to recruiters on LinkedIn, including a note will significantly improve your acceptance percentage.
A LinkedIn connection request to a recruiter, for example:
“Hello, John, you live in Atlanta, I noticed! I grew up there and missed it, but now I work as a financial advisor in New York and am searching for new chances in the banking industry.
Any advice you could provide me would be greatly appreciated. Would you like to connect and continue our conversation?”
Send your CV to the recruiter or hiring manager
When the recruiter or hiring manager approves your connection request, send an email or a LinkedIn message to be more direct. If a recruiter’s email address isn’t listed under “Contact information” on their profile, send a message using LinkedIn.
“Hello there [Recruiter], [Name] is my name, and I work as a [Title]. I’m now employed by [Company]; however, I’d like to take on a new challenge and move to a different company shortly [Industry].
If you have a moment, I’d like to talk about how my [Skills] and experiences in [Industry] would apply to the positions you’re hiring for. I’d be happy to talk on the phone about it. Please do not hesitate to contact me at [Number].
I am looking forward to speaking with you.”
Keep in contact with them
Maintaining a comfortable and welcoming chat will assist a recruiter in remembering your name, which may lead to them thinking of you as a kind and knowing someone always willing to help. That sounds like someone a corporation would want to hire.
Liz Hogan, CPRW
Career Expert and CPRW, Find My Profession
Make sure your subject line is straight to the point
When reaching out to a recruiter, remember they are swamped, so make sure your subject line is straight to the point. If your subject line is clear about your intentions, the recruiter will be more likely to read your message.
Update your LinkedIn profile before reaching out to recruiters
Take time to update your LinkedIn profile before reaching out to recruiters and tailor it to the role and dream company you are targeting.
Do a diligent search for the correct recruiter
Do a diligent search for the correct recruiter that is assigned to fill the role you are interested in, and never mass message all recruiters.
Be polite and greet them in your message
Always be polite and greet them in your message. Mention briefly why you are reaching out and why you are a good candidate for the role.
Create a call to action asking the recruiter if they can review your resume
At the end of your message, create a call to action asking the recruiter if they can review your resume, get on a call with you to discuss the role further, or connect with you.
You can send out a message like the one below:
Subject Line: Question about Marketing Manager opening
“Hi [Recruiter’s name],
I hope you are having a great day! I see you work for [company name] in the [city name] area. I went to school there, but now I am in a [current job position] based in [current city].
I wanted to reach out to discuss the possibility of working together. I saw that you recently posted a job for a [job title], and I thought I might be a good fit for the role.
I’d love the opportunity to discuss how my [specific skills] and experience might benefit the company. I’d be happy to connect with you and speak further.
Thanks for your time and consideration.
Chief People Officer, Epos Now
If you’re looking for a job, finding a recruiter to help you out is a great way to get started. LinkedIn is an excellent resource for finding recruiters, and there are a few things you can do to make the most of your search.
Find recruiters in your area or industry
First, use the LinkedIn search bar to find recruiters in your area or industry. You can also search for recruiters by name if you know who you want to work with.
Look at the recruiters’ profiles
Once you’ve found a few recruiters, look at their profiles. Make sure they specialize in your field and have experience working with people in your industry. A good recruiter will have a lot of experience and will be able to help you find the best job for you.
Reach out to the recruiters you’ve found on LinkedIn
Finally, reach out to the recruiters you’ve found on LinkedIn. Send them a message letting them know that you’re looking for a job and that you’d like their help. Thank them for their time and let them know how they can contact you.
A standout message to anyone in HR, Recruiting, or staffing will have several unique selling points (USPs). These are the reasons that you would be an excellent candidate for the specific job or Company that they are recruiting for.
Some examples might be:
You have industry-specific experience or knowledge
You can show this in your recruitment note by linking to articles you’ve written, blog posts, or even just specific experiences in your work history that would be relevant.
You’re passionate about the Company’s mission
If you can find a way to connect your personal values with the Company’s goals, they will be more likely to remember you when reviewing applications.
You have a unique skill or ability
If you have a rare talent that would be valuable to the Company, mention it! This could be anything from fluency in another language to experience with a particular type of software.
With all of this in mind, here’s a sample message:
I saw on LinkedIn that you’re a recruiter for [Company]. I wanted to reach out to you directly as I feel I would be an excellent fit for a role that you’re currently recruiting for.
I have [X years] of experience in the [industry], and I’m passionate about the work that [Company] does. I also have a unique skill set that would be valuable to your team.
I would love to chat with you about the job and see if there’s a fit. Thank you for your time!
Make the message a short, concise, charismatic, and memorable
Reaching out to recruiters on LinkedIn needn’t be overly complicated or stressful, and there is certainly no need to overanalyze it.
Think of it as a digital version of an elevator pitch. You’ll want it to be short, concise, charismatic, and memorable.
A strong introduction, along with a quick overview of your experience, key skills, and what you’re looking for in terms of the next position, is a solid start.
Intrigue the recruiter to want to find out more about you and your qualifications
The point is to intrigue the recruiter to want to find out more about you and your qualifications. Therefore it truly pays to have a well-developed and polished LinkedIn page.
The recruiter can get a more in-depth look at where you’ve worked and if your expertise matches any roles they might be hiring for.
Here is a sample you might look to send out:
“Hello [recruiter’s first name],
My name is [your first name], and I’m a [list your title or general level of advancement] at [name of your organization].
I recently noticed that you’re recruiting for [job title], and I feel very confident that my [number] of years of experience in [name of the industry] as well as the relevant skills I’ve developed would be an excellent fit for the above role.
I would love a chance to hear your thoughts about the job, so please let me know when we can connect. I look forward to hearing back from you soon. Have a great day!
[Your first name].”
Head of People, Spacelift
Keep your account fresh, relevant, and packed with keywords
Hunting for a job does not have to be extremely difficult if you put in the right effort and attention to detail. Before jumping the gun and clicking that blue “connect” button on the recruiter’s LinkedIn account, ensure you have optimized your profile.
Keep your account fresh, relevant, and packed with keywords, and ensure all the necessary fields are filled out, which include:
- a professional photo
- brief and precise job title (with the right keywords)
- formal education, background, courses, and certifications
- full summary and employment history with relevant comments
Many recruiters use HR tools to simplify and improve the recruitment process, and so can you. With LinkedIn’s messaging tool InMail, you can send a brief text to anyone on this network, regardless of whether you’re connected.
If you’re not too eager to sign up for a LinkedIn premium, try the 1-month free trial and see it yourself.
Keep the message short and sweet
Most importantly, ensure that the connection request message or the InMail subject line and body showcase your true colors. Keep the message short and sweet while remaining authentically you.
Being straightforward and avoiding metaphors will increase the chances of the recruiter reaching out to you.
An example InMail can look something like this:
“Dear [recruiter’s name],
I hope you’re well. (a little kindness goes a long way)
I’m a [job title/college graduate], and I’m looking for a [first/next] full time role. Your company caught my eye as [name a reason based on the work they do/ based on the opinions of growth opportunities].
I would sincerely appreciate a chance to showcase my knowledge and learn more about the company. Feel free to check out my [profile/resume if attached], and do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
I appreciate your time and consideration in this matter and look forward to hearing from you soon.
Arno Markus BA, MSc., CPRW
Request to put you in touch with someone currently working the role you’re applying for
People underestimate the amount of influence that recruiters have throughout the job application process. I have a three-step process needed to make this work with message templates that have worked for both my community and me.
Here’s the tip: Your message to the recruiter should end with a request to put you in touch with someone currently working the role you’re applying for. Recruiters, like most people, want to help those who help themselves.
Secondly, believe it or not, you’re showing them that you can problem-solve effectively. Finally, you come off as polite and considerate.
Now you know what the trick is; here’s a three-step process to make it work.
In order to get a dynamic response to your connection request, you want to write a message where:
- You try to relate with them in some way
- You compliment them
- You try and add some value
Get the recruiter to accept your connection request and engage with them
This first step is all about getting the recruiter to accept your connection request and perhaps start to engage with them.
Write a message asking to be connected with someone working in the role
Step two is where the key takeaway comes in: write the message asking to be connected with someone working in the role you’re applying for.
Now that we’re connected and have established some sort of rapport, I can afford to send a longer message without coming off as too direct or aggressive.
Follow up with the recruiter after your conversation with a team member
The third and final step is following up with the recruiter after your conversation with a team member. The goal here is to stay top of mind with a recruiter by reinforcing that your desire to join the company is now more vital than ever.
Related: How to Follow up with a Recruiter
So those are the three steps. Of course, I want to address the possibility that the recruiter may not end up connecting you with anyone, and that’s totally fine.
Even if they reject your primary requests, most recruiters will provide you with alternatives. For example, they might say, “Oh, you know what? I can answer any questions you might have about the role.”
Perfect, you just got 30 minutes to chat with a recruiter for the role you want, or they might say, “Why don’t you send over your resume first? I’ll forward it along to the hiring manager, and they’ll see if someone’s able to reach out for a chat.”
Awesome, your resume just got forwarded along instead of being lost in the system. I’m trying to get at all of these alternatives is better than reaching out through a recruiter in a generic fashion and hoping that the default connection request can help you stand out from the crowd.
Business Development Manager, Buyer’s Guide
Determine your value proposition
When approaching a recruiter, you must demonstrate that you are an excellent candidate for them, that recommending you to a client would make them appear good, and that you have a clear understanding of how you will offer value to their client.
Do not contact a recruiter solely because you are a recent graduate looking for work. That is not what recruiters typically do, though many businesses have entry-level recruitment programs.
Bear in mind that the recruiter does not work for you. They work for their employer, the business. You are the asset; you are the finished product. If they cannot sell you to a company, they will be unable to position you and earn money.
Defining your value proposition is critical. If you possess a highly sought-after skill set, ensure it is prominently shown on your LinkedIn profile and in your message to the recruiter.
If you lack an in-demand skill set, you will have to work harder to demonstrate your worth to a recruiter. This may entail initiating projects, serving as a thinking leader, communicating effectively, and appearing as someone who is either a current or future leader worth noting.
Ascertain that your LinkedIn page is appropriately presented
Ascertain that your LinkedIn page is appropriately presented and that you have a great profile photo. Ascertain that your headline and synopsis convey a clear value proposition. After that, you are prepared to go to the next phase.
“Hi __________, I saw you mentioned that you collaborate with _________ companies in _________. I am in and am considering a trial run. Could I give you my curriculum vitae? Perhaps we could collaborate?”
Let us establish contact,
Founder and Hiring Manager, GreatPeopleSearch
Recruiters receive numerous messages on LinkedIn from many job seekers, hence the tendency to ghost. Here are some guiding tips to reach out effectively as a job-seeker.
Connection request and proactive tool usage
Sending a connection request should be coupled with a short message attached. Research to ensure you connect to the right person, such as hiring, HR, and recruitment managers.
Use the proactive and passive tools on the platform, such as the #OpenToWork tag. An industry-specific approach is essential in reaching out to recruiters.
Send an InMail message
A brief personalized message is critical as it grabs the recruiter’s attention as they accept the LinkedIn connection request.
A personalized message results in a higher chance of acceptance in reaching out to LinkedIn recruiters. The message should be a simple introduction to who you are and why you have reached out.
Keeping the message short and simple
Keeping the message short and simple ensures it is readable, as no recruiter wants to read long abrupt messages.
Choose the initial message words wisely, as the profile should be optimized to communicate the bigger message. Use the limited characters to call the recruiter to action.
Reach out to recruiters by sticking to the relationship without overdoing it
After the connection on LinkedIn, reach out to recruiters by sticking to the relationship without overdoing it. This may include gradual complements as the results may not be immediately after connection.
The relationship eases the recruiter to reach out to you on new job offers with a good match for you.
Head of Human Resources, Leena AI
Reaching out to recruiters on LinkedIn is a smart way to get your name out there. However, it’s essential to do it the right way.
Keep it short and straightforward
There are two basic ways to go about reaching a recruiter. First, a job-seeker can send a recruiter a personalized connection request on LinkedIn.
This helps form an impression from the very beginning. Try to be professional and specific while drafting the message. Keep it short and straightforward.
Send an InMail to recruiters with an open profile
The second way is to send an InMail to recruiters with an open profile. Here job-seekers can explain their interest in the opening and why they are a right fit. They can also include their previous experience and skills in the InMail body to catch the recruiters’ attention.
For a personalized connection request, you can write something like this:
“Hi [recruiter’s name],
Although we have never met or had the chance to work together, I’ve heard great things about your [company name].
I wanted to see if there were any job openings around [a role you wish to apply for], as I would love the chance to talk about why I might be a good fit. Thank you, and have a great day!”
For an InMail, you can write something like this:
“Hi [recruiter’s name],
I’m interested in your [role you want to apply for] at [company name]. Based on my experience in [your current or previous role] at [your current or previous company], I believe I could be a good fit.
Please let me know if you’d be open to a conversation to discuss this position. I’m happy to provide you with any additional information you might need. I look forward to hearing from you.
HR Manager, Thrive Internet Marketing Agency
Read through the recruiter’s profile and find something nice
Try to read through their profile, find something nice, and let them know about it. It will make them remember you! And, of course, always be courteous and keep your message short and sweet.
Writing a novel is unnecessary since these recruiters don’t have much time to spend on those platforms. It’s also good to end your thank you message by showing gratitude and professionalism.
“I saw your profile on LinkedIn and find it fascinating to see X Company’s accomplishments; it seems like a great place to work!
And so when I saw the job posting for [X position], I wondered about talking to you, considering it would be an excellent fit. 🙂 “
Digital Marketing Specialist | Certified Professional Resume Writer, CV Genius
Send a concise, specific, and personalized first message
One of my biggest tips for reaching out to recruiters on LinkedIn is to send a concise, specific, and personalized first message.
Writing a short but personalized message shows a recruiter:
- you’ve taken the time to look up their name
- you have a clear purpose for messaging them
- you’re mindful of their time
So include the following components in your first Linkedin message to a recruiter:
- a polite salutation (like “Hello” or “Hi”)
- the recruiter’s first name
- your name
- your desired job industry and relevant experience
- your purpose for reaching out to them
- a call to action (CTA)
- a thank you for their time
- an appropriate closing (e.g., “Best,” “Regards”)
Here’s an example:
“Hi [name of the recruiter],
I’m [your first and last name], and I work in [your job industry]. I noticed you’re a recruiter in the [name of the city] area, and I wanted to get in touch with you and discuss potentially working together.
I have [share details about your relevant experience] and am searching for new opportunities. I’d love to send you my CV [or another CTA] and see if I’d be a good fit for your openings if you have time.
Thank you very much, and I look forward to hearing from you!”
Co-founder and Marketing Director, PeopleSearchFaster
The most basic methods of contacting recruiters are via connection request or email. However, how these strategies are applied makes all the difference.
Include a statement with your connection request
Frequently, candidates send the connection request at random. It is usually a good habit to include a statement with your request highlighting why you are contacting them.
Additionally, you might say how you discovered the profile and what you liked about it (for instance: the kind of content they curate and circulate).
This increases your visibility and informs the recruiter why you approached them—the likelihood of a request getting accepted increases dramatically.
Email the recruiter if you wish to write them in greater depth
If you wish to write to a recruiter in greater depth and probably share your CV, navigate to their LinkedIn profile’s contact information section.
Most recruiters include their email address, which you may extract and use to generate a custom email for them. If the recruiter reads their email frequently, not only will you be spotted, but you are also likely to receive a thorough answer.
Tip: Avoid communicating with recruiters only for the sake of obtaining leads/opportunities. Maintaining friendly and regular chats is usually a good idea.
I’m not suggesting you spam them constantly, but occasionally inquiring how they’re doing and sharing an exciting and helpful article is plenty.
President, All Reverse Mortgage, Inc.
As head of my company and someone who plays an active role in recruitment, I have the following suggestions on how to approach recruiters on LinkedIn correctly:
Make your LinkedIn profile interesting first
Even before you contact a recruiter, make sure your public profile is aligned with the role you’re interested in. They’ll take a look at it to decide whether or not you’re worth responding to.
First names are okay, but make sure you get them right. Don’t call someone Mary if their name is John, for example. And definitely nothing like, “Hello there, Beautiful…”. Remember that LinkedIn is a professional setting.
Connect with a personalized message
Recruiters are busy and receive loads of connection requests every day. Try to stand out by adding a personalized message to your connection request.
In this message, you can include:
- An introductory message
- A shared acquaintance, if one exists
- A brief description of your present situation as well as why you chose to reach out to them
- A call-to-action
Initiate a follow-up conversation after connecting
Recruiters are busy people and will likely accept your connection without a response. Don’t be shy about following up to push the conversation further. The chances are high that the recruiter in question meant to follow up with you but forgot due to their busy schedule.
Chief Executive Officer, FounderJar
Basic methods to reach out to recruiters are connection requests or email. However, the way you use these techniques makes all the difference.
Add a note when sending a connection request
Often, candidates end up sending the request randomly. It is always a good practice to add a note to your request where you can briefly highlight why you are connecting with them.
You can also mention how you came across the profile and what you liked about it (for instance: the kind of content they curate and circulate).
This gets you noticed more and tells the recruiter why you have approached them. The chances of the request being accepted increase manifold.
Share your resume and more about your detail through their email
If you want to write to a recruiter in more detail, probably share your resume and then head to the contact info section of their LinkedIn profile. Most recruiters have their email id mentioned, which you can extract and create a specialized mail for them.
If the recruiter actively checks their email, this will get you noticed and be likely to get you a full-fledged response.
Always keep conversations warm and regular with recruiters
Do not exchange messages with recruiters only when looking for leads/ opportunities. It is always good to keep conversations warm and regular.
By that, it won’t mean to spam them daily but to ask how they are doing. Sharing an exciting and helpful article once in a while is good enough.
President, Princess Dental Staffing
Make sure you have a strong profile that showcases your skills and experience
When reaching out to recruiters on LinkedIn, there are some helpful tips to keep in mind. First, make sure you have a strong profile that showcases your skills and experience.
Recruiters will often browse LinkedIn profiles when looking for potential candidates, so it’s essential to make sure your profile is up-to-date and looks good.
Send personalized messages to recruiters when reaching out
In addition, be sure to send personalized messages to recruiters when reaching out. Recruiters receive many messages from candidates, so it’s important to stand out and make a good impression.
Mention why you’re interested in the position
Mention why you’re interested in the position and what skills you would bring to the table. Be professional and courteous, and you’ll be more likely to get a response.
Send a follow-up email after sending a message
Finally, don’t be afraid to follow up after sending a message. Recruiters are busy, so they may not always have time to respond right away. If you don’t hear back after a week or so, it’s perfectly acceptable to send a follow-up message.
Daniel G. Leone
Attorney, Brach Eichler Injury Lawyers
Do your research about the recruiters
You need to know who you are talking to and what their job entails. This knowledge will help you sustain a conversation with them — believe me; recruiters will be able to recognize when someone doesn’t understand what they’re talking about!
Always follow up a LinkedIn invite with a message
If you have just tried to connect with someone on LinkedIn, send a message with this connection. In all likelihood, the recruiter will have no idea who you are – so why would they accept the invitation without an introduction?
Keep this message brief. You don’t want to overwhelm them with information about yourself.
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