How to invite recruiters to connect on LinkedIn and what to say

maximizing LinkedIn, making the most of LinkedIn, using LinkedIn for job seeking,Recruiters are some of the easiest people to connect with on LinkedIn because many are open networkers who are open to accept invitations to connect from anyone or almost anyone. Don’t just invite them to connect! If you are unemployed or miserably employed, use the opportunity to acquaint yourself with recruiters who may be actively filling the type of positions you seek. Here are the steps to take:

Step 1: Log on to LinkedIn and then click the Advanced link next to the Search People box. Type the word “recruiter” in the Title box and your zip code in the Postal Code box. Add keywords, such as “IT”, “Information Technologies”, “marketing”, “Java”, etc. to help you drill down to recruiters who specialize in your area of expertise. You can also try sorting by industry, relationship (1st, 2nd, or 3rd degree connection to you) or language, plus additional categories if you have paid for a premium account. IMPORTANT: If you have narrowed your results too much, delete the keywords and industries from your search and try again.

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Search for recruiters using Advanced People Search.

Step 2: Scan through the results, reading through various people’s entries to find people who recruit for your field or industry. If you have a basic account, you can view up to 10 pages of results (100 people). If you have a premium account, you can view up to 10 times the number of people.

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Scroll through the results to find people who recruit for your field or industry.
Those with a circular OpenLink logo will accept messages from non-connections.

Step 3: Click the person’s picture or name to visit (and become familiar with) his or her profile. Look to see if the person has a colorful circle OpenLink logo next to his/her name. If so, you can click the “Send Message” button and compose a message using the OpenLink template without being connected to the person. Learn more about sending an OpenLink message.

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If the person has an OpenLink logo, send an OpenLink message instead of inviting him/her to connect.

Step 4: If the recruiter does not have an OpenLink logo on his/her profile, invite the person to connect by clicking the blue Connect button. You can do so if the person is a 2nd degree connection or if he/she is a 3rd degree connection or fellow group member (you may need to figure out his/her last name / email address).

Step 5: Choose the nature of how you know the person. The best option is “Groups” if you are in one with the person (join a group with target person), but other options, such as Colleague and Classmate, may work as well because they are based on your work history and schools, not the intended connection’s work history and schools.

Choose the group option if the person is in a LinkedIn group with you. 

Step 6: Highlight and delete the default invitation message and replace it with brief text about why you want to connect. You only have 300 characters to relay your message and you cannot include an email address.

Replace the default text with specifically why you want to connect with the recruiter.

Example message: [NAME], I see from your profile that you recruit for [TYPE] positions in [CITY]. I am a proven [TITLE] with [MENTION IMPRESSIVE EXPERIENCE]. I also have [IMPRESSIVE SKILL(S)]. Please contact me about available opportunities. [YOUR NAME]

Not all recruiters will accept your connection request, but many will and connecting with them can quickly help you build your overall LinkedIn network since most recruiters are open networkers with thousands of connections. Once you have made the connection, keep in touch so that the recruiters will remember you for their open positions.

Invite recruiters to connect! Doing so can definitely help youGet a Job! -- Kathy

What questions or comments do you have about connecting with recruiters? Share them on or on the LinkedIn discussion board that might have brought you to the blog. 

Learn exactly what to say to recruiters in my Interviewing Well eBook. It’s now just $17.97. 

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1 comment :

  1. Unemployment is the biggest issue. Today social media is the best alternate of connectivity. Connecting to the recruiters can bless the unemployed ones.I am talking on basis of facts, it is an experience. After being graduate it is really hard to sit idle at home.I started connecting to people via social media and finally i was approached by Mullins Cuddihy headhunters Ireland . It's being two years that i am blessed with social connectivity.


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