Have you ever had a friend tell you about a fantastic job opportunity and ask if you'd be interested? That's what recruiters do, only they're paid to do it. Thus, they are much more invested in helping you get the job. So it's usually a good idea to get their help when you need one. But how do you approach them? The best way to reach out to a recruiter is by looking at their LinkedIn profile and reaching out professionally yet casually.
Take a look at the recruiter's profile.
Let's imagine you're applying for a job as a marketing director at a company called "Partnership Marketing, Inc." You've found the recruiter's profile and want to reach out to them. What should you do?
The first thing you should do is look at their LinkedIn summary. This will give you an idea of who they are and how much experience they have in recruiting. If they don't have any information on their LinkedIn profile (they might not), then they probably don't spend much time on social media or online networking sites like LinkedIn.
Pay attention to their LinkedIn posts.
If a recruiter has posted on LinkedIn, they're active on the platform. This is especially true if they post in your industry or market. It could be a good sign that they are actively looking for candidates for jobs similar to yours, so it would be worth reaching out.
It's also worth noting what kind of content the recruiter posts — especially if their content includes links to job openings you might be interested in pursuing. For example, suppose you saw a job opening and applied through their website without knowing anything else about them or why they posted this job opening. In that case, they might end up ignoring you because there are no shared connections or mutual interests between you two. But if you include references to things you know they're interested in, they may be willing to talk with you.
Reach out to a recruiter like you'd reach out to a friend — casually and to connect.
- Be friendly and professional.
- Don't be pushy.
- Don't make a nuisance of yourself.
- Be polite (but not overly formal). If you use LinkedIn as a platform for reaching out to recruiters, then it behoves you to do so in the same manner that you would reach out on other social media platforms. Focus on casual conversation with an eye toward connecting with people who share common interests or experiences and making friends along the way.
- Ask questions when appropriate, but don't overdo it. Recruiters get hundreds of messages every day from candidates looking for work; if your message comes across as too needy or desperate, they may simply ignore it without ever responding back!
Remember, the recruiter is looking for you, too.
Recruiters are looking for you, too. In fact, they're doing it right now. They aren't sitting around waiting for you to reach out to them. They are actively searching LinkedIn and other sources like Indeed and Glassdoor to find candidates that fit their needs.
Recruiters are always looking for candidates to fill positions in their companies. They may be even more interested in individuals who already work at the company or have ties through a friend or family member who works there!
Recruiters are also looking for candidates who would be a good fit within the company culture and would be an asset to the organisation overall — this is especially important when considering remote positions where face-to-face communication isn't possible on a daily basis.
Recruiters can help you learn about other positions in your field.
Recruiters can also help you learn about other companies in your field and even different positions in your current area.
A great recruiter will look for opportunities that are a good fit for you and the company that hires them. If you're looking for something more than a salary bump or title change, ask what else the recruiter is looking for from the role.
Remember that some recruiters are paid on commission, so be polite even if you're wary of the company or agency they represent.
Remember that some recruiters are paid on commission, so be polite even if you're wary of the company or agency they represent. Recruiters are human, too and remember that they aren't the enemy.
Don't make a nuisance of yourself by contacting recruiters repeatedly.
Recruiters are busy. They have a million jobs to do, and they're doing them as quickly and efficiently as possible. So don't contact them repeatedly. If they don't respond, leave it alone. It's not personal; it just means your timing wasn't right, or you didn't catch their attention with the right message.
If you really want your resume sent off, send a link to LinkedIn instead of attaching it directly to an email. This way, it looks like you were thoughtful enough not to spam their inbox! Don't repeatedly email recruiters--they won't read them (because they're so busy).
Reach out to recruiters on LinkedIn like you would reach out to a friend, professionally and cordially
When reaching out to recruiters on LinkedIn, it's essential not to be afraid of them. You're not doing anything wrong by reaching out and asking questions. If you are a good fit for the job they are hiring for, they would love to answer your questions!
When you reach out through LinkedIn messages or emails, ensure everything is professional and cordial. Avoid using slang or curse words — it could cause them to dismiss your message altogether!
Remember: Recruiters are people too! They have their own lives outside of work. They don't need any extra stress added to what they already do daily at work. Don't be afraid when reaching out personally through these communication methods -- just make sure everything is professional from start to finish. That way, you don't risk losing credibility as someone worth hiring someday soon (if all goes well).
The world of recruiting is changing rapidly, and it's important to understand what recruiters do and how they can work with you. Don't be afraid to reach out --- recruiters are there for their clients and potential candidates like yourself! We hope this guide will help you make the most out of your experience with recruiters, whether you're looking for a new job or trying to find one for someone else.