How to Reach out to a Recruiter on LinkedIn

Recruiters are in the business of matching great candidates with open roles, but connecting with one over LinkedIn can be a challenge. The reality is, most recruiters are inundated with LinkedIn messages from job seekers. The best way to ensure a response is by sending a message that’s targeted, relevant, and well-written.

Many recruiters within larger companies and in recruiting firms specialize in a particular area, such as technology, industrial, or administrative. Before contacting a recruiter, make sure they cover your geographical market, industry, and role type.

Never send a message that only says, “Do you have any roles for me?” with no accompanying information. Instead, be clear about the roles you are considering. Here’s an example of a message accompanying a LinkedIn connection request:

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Dear Alex,

I currently work for Surprise Inside Boxing Company as a Distribution Manager. I have eight years of experience improving processes, leading cross-functional teams, and cutting costs across operations. In 2018, I virtually eliminated accidents within the warehouse by developing and leading safety training for 27 team members.

For my next challenge, I am seeking a Warehouse or Operations Manager role in a fast-paced, high-production facility. I would love to schedule a time to discuss opportunities you may be working on. My schedule is flexible on Wednesday and I’m available any time after 2 p.m. on Thursday. If neither of those times work, I’m happy to schedule a time that is more convenient for you.

I look forward to speaking with you!

Sincerely,

Taylor
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It’s also a great idea to research the recruiter’s open roles either on LinkedIn or their company website to determine ahead of time which ones would best suit your background and skillset. Be focused and selective. If a particular role interests you, feel free to link to it in your message.

Even if you don’t see a role that meets your criteria (or vice versa), but the recruiter seems to be a good fit, you can introduce yourself and offer to be a resource as you continue your search. If you see a role that would be a great match for a friend or colleague, refer them! Not only is that genuinely helpful to both parties, but paying it forward is a great way to build goodwill with a recruiter.

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Spruce Up Your Profile: Take Advantage of LinkedIn’s Capabilities

Set up your LinkedIn profile a few years ago and haven’t given it a second glance since? You’re certainly not alone. However, if it’s been months or even years since you last laid eyes on your profile, it could have a negative impact on your job search.

Even if you don’t have a lot of time, investing just a little effort can go a long way in sprucing it up, so it has more appeal among hiring managers and recruiters. And our LinkedIn profile writing experts can help. Here’s how:

Post a professional headshot.

If your profile picture looks too casual, or worse, you don’t have one at all, then it’s going to reflect on you negatively. In fact, far fewer recruiters and hiring managers will take you seriously. So make sure you post a professional-looking picture, one that positions you in a positive light.

Make sure it includes keywords.

The ones you use depend on the types of jobs you’re looking for. But whatever they are, be sure to optimize your profile page with these keywords, including them in the top portion of your profile, especially in the Summary.

Don’t forget about your industry.

If you work in a particular industry and want to remain in it, then be sure to include it in your profile. When you do, you’ll be more likely to be found by potential employers in that industry looking for professionals like you. Not only that, but this positions you as more of an expert in a specific field, rather than a generalist.

Spend some time on the Skills section.

Don’t include every possible skill. Instead, focus on those that are most relevant to the kinds of opportunities that you’re looking for. In addition, order them by priority, making the most relevant ones first.

Get recommendations

One of the best ways to stand out and attain more credibility is through recommendations. So don’t be afraid to reach out to past colleagues and managers and ask them to write one for you. When you do, it will be one of the first areas that a recruiter or potential employer will read.

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Importance of Having a Professional Picture for LinkedIn

As the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” When a recruiter or hiring manager visits your profile page, the first thing they’ll see is your image. If yours isn’t professional or up to par, it’s going to impact the impression you’re making. For instance, if it’s too dark or low resolution, hiring managers may wonder about your attention to detail. (more…)

After Your Resume is Tailored, Make Sure Your LinkedIn Profile is Too

Most people understand the importance of creating a strong resume reflects their professional strengths. However, many overlook their LinkedIn profile. This is a huge mistake when you consider that about 95 percent of recruiters utilize LinkedIn as a major sourcing tool to find candidates. In today’s digitally savvy world, LinkedIn is just as crucial as your resume. Here are some tips to help you create a LinkedIn profile that gets you noticed:

Add a Professional Photo

Be sure to add a professional headshot or a photo that looks like one. Make sure it’s at least 200×200 pixels as anything smaller may look blurry. If you don’t add a professional, high-quality photo, you may be missing out as those who add one get 21 times more views and messages than those without a photo or a photo that appears unprofessional.

Use Keywords in the Skills Section

Every day, recruiters run keyword searches on LinkedIn to find viable candidates. LinkedIn allows you to add up to 50 keywords in the skill section so take advantage of them. Several examples of keywords include “financial planning,” “event marketing,” “taxes” and “design engineering.” These keywords can easily describe your experience and skills.

Incorporate Specific Accomplishments Under Previous Positions

While it’s important to describe your responsibilities at previous positions, doing so may not necessarily impress recruiters. If you’d like to stand out from the crowd, mention specific numbers and accomplishments under your previous positions. For example, you may say something like “Increased revenue by 55% in 2017,” or “Trained and supervised five junior account managers.”

Create an Eye-Catching Headline

The text that shows up below your name on your LinkedIn profile is known as your headline. Think of it as a small 120 character advertisement that conveys who you are and what you do. An example of an eye-catching headline is “Design engineer helping retail clients exceed their goals.”

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