LinkedIn is a great tool that not every job searcher out there knows how to use the right way. Are you using it to its full capacity?
When conducting a competitive job search, it is important to utilize many different avenues as you look for your next role. Using a recruiter is an important option to consider.
If you want to reach out to recruiters during your job search, what is the best way to get in touch with them? You may be surprised to know LinkedIn is the answer. Recruiters are very receptive to queries from competitive candidates.
Start with these four tips for the best ways to approach recruiters on LinkedIn.
- Update Your Profile – Click here for some profile tips. Don’t forget to include new projects you’ve recently taken on.
- Use the Search Tool – In the upper right hand corner of LinkedIn, select the Advanced People Search. Like Google and Bing, typing in the most specific keywords will find you the best results. Instead of typing ‘IT recruiter’, type ‘technology recruiter for oil and gas in Houston’ or be even more specific.
- Send a Call to Action Message – After identifying the recruiters you want to contact, you’ll want to be specific about your skills and career goals. This allows the recruiter to see how your qualified you are to apply for the jobs they have available. Often, this first touch stimulates dialogue that allows the recruiter to point out job listings they are working on, or to add you to an internal recruiting database. In addition, some recruiters will suggest you follow their Twitter or blog for the most up-to-date listing of job postings.
- Keep in Contact – If you find that a recruiter responds to you with a note stating that they’ll “keep your resume on file,” don’t be disappointed. This is a common practice and can indicate that they expect to receive a future request for candidates with your skills. Staying in front of the recruiter is important and it does require effort. Sending a short note via LinkedIn or through email approximately once per month is a great idea to keep your name and your skills top-of-mind when new sourcing requirements cross the recruiter’s desk.