If you are looking for a job, you have many options to choose from to find one. You can check online job search sites, ask your contacts for leads and even post your resume on social media sites like LinkedIn in the hopes that recruiters find it.

But, if you don’t think you can wait any more or you already have a clear idea of what you are looking for in a job, you can opt to reach out directly to recruiters and build a rapport with them.

Here are some great tips to help you reach out to recruiters on LinkedIn and things you need to know to improve your chances of scoring a job through them:

Using The Right Filters

Before you reach out to recruiters on LinkedIn, you need to find them first. Fortunately, you can do this easily by using LinkedIn’s advanced filters and typing in “recruiter”, “hiring manager”, and other similar keywords to find the right people.

When you see the people that caught your interest, you can reach out to them easily by clicking the “Connect” button and leave a note to introduce yourself.

If the recruiter is connected to you through a friend, you can ask your friend to give you an introduction.

Update Your Profile

LinkedIn allows users to indicate in their profile if they are open for job offers through their #OpenToWork system. When activated, your profile will be featured for LinkedIn Recruiters to check.

Before you use this feature, you need to update your profile and edit them accordingly to showcase your skills better. When you are satisfied with your profile, you can activate the #OpenToWork feature to let recruiters know you are open.

Know What Questions To Ask And What Message They Will Respond To

When you can connect to these recruiters, you need to be careful when it comes to the questions you ask them.

Recruiters do not want to answer general questions that you can easily answer with a little bit of research, such as “what jobs are currently open” or “what is the best way for you to apply to a certain job.” They will also ignore requests if they are blatantly asking for help to find a job.

With this in mind, you need to give these recruiters a reason to speak to you. You can let them know what interests you and why you feel that you are the right person for the job. Showcasing your excitement in your message will also catch their interest.

Stay Modest

When you speak to recruiters, you need to stay humble and point out the skills you have to help the company you are hoping to apply for.

It would be best to tell recruiters how these skills came to be and what you learned as you honed your skills. Always stick to the facts to match the jobs you are hoping to apply for.

Always Check Your Grammar

If you want to make a good impression, you need to make sure that your message and resume are free from errors.

Always check your writing before you send it to recruiters because you may lose the opportunity to make a good impression if you don’t.

Conclusion

LinkedIn is undeniably the best social media platform to reach out to recruiters who may be the key for you to score the job you are looking for. But, it would help if you plan your actions accordingly because these recruiters will scrutinise every connection they receive, and you will need to impress them to take note of your profile.

Use the tips I listed above and see how it will improve your chances of impressing these recruiters. Please let me know if they helped you!

Here are further tips to help you in landing your dream job:
What Employers Do Not Want to See on Your Resume
5 Key Things You Need To Have In Your Resume
Should You Place Your Photo On Your Resume?

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9 replies on “How to Reach Out to a Recruiter on LinkedIn

  1. Reach out to recruiters? Suddenly they’re reaching out to me!
    Having been in and out of work during the last few years I’ve sent out more resumes and applications than I care to remember. Most received no reply.
    The current role is good and looks like developing into a long-term proposition. And in the last three months I’ve had three ‘Would you be interested?’ type emails.
    Where were you when I was unemployed, you [deleted][deleted]s?

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  2. Thank you for posting good information, because writing resumes can be daunting. When you don’t know what the recruiter want to see or doesn’t want to see on your resume it can be confusing just putting your information there. This is very helpful information.

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