Recruiters spend their days looking for great talent. They see hundreds of resumes every day, and unless they find something amazing, they usually pass along the resume without even opening it.
As a job seeker, how do you get noticed by recruiters? It’s not as simple as sending out a few emails and hoping someone notices. Most recruiters aren’t interested in helping just anyone land a new position. In fact, most companies only allow you to send 1 message per week. And with over 100 million users on LinkedIn, finding the right person is tough!
If you want to land a high-paying job, then you need to understand how recruiters work and learn how to connect with them on LinkedIn. To help you do that, I’m going to share my top tips.
Table of Contents
- How to Introduce Yourself to a Recruiter on LinkedIn
- Final Verdict on Introducing Yourself to a Recruiter on Linkedin
How to Introduce Yourself to a Recruiter on LinkedIn
Send a straightforward message to the recruiter and get hired.
Nope, it’s the wrong way.
Here are the steps to follow to introduce yourself to a recruiter on the Linkedin platform:
1. Follow The Recruiter First and Engage with Their Linkedin Posts
If you’re networking before your next job interview, you may be doing so without realizing it. If you’ve seen an open job posting in which you’re interested and you want to reach out to the company, you might not be able to afford the time to develop a personal connection with the person who posted the job opening.
First, look for the hiring manager on LinkedIn. Then, follow him/her. Anyone can view another person’s posts and status updates. You can then comment and interact with them. Follow them, and if they’ve posted anything new lately, leave a thoughtful comment.
If you’re willing to put some effort into building relationships, then engage with their posts and wait a few weeks before making contact. If you don’t have the luxury of time, if the job has already been posted, or if you’re in a hurry, then skip reading through their posts for a few days. Follow them and leave comments but go to the next step.
2. Send a Connection on Linkedin to a Recruiter with a Personal Note
Once you’ve followed the recruiter, you’ll notice that they have a profile picture and a list of connections. Connections are people who have added each other to their network. When you add someone to your network, you’re essentially telling them that you’d like to know more about them. This means that when you send a connection request, you’re also asking them to consider adding you back.
When you send a connection request to a recruiter, make sure to include a short note explaining why you think they would benefit from connecting with you. For example, you could say, “I saw your post and thought you might be interested in talking.” Or, “I read your blog post about. I think you’d enjoy hearing what I have to offer.”
Your first target is to get accepted by a recruiter on Linkedin, so a short personal note can help you achieve that goal. Once, the recruiter has accepted your connection request, you can send longer messages to introduce yourself better.
3. Send Them a Message and Tell Them About Your Interest in The Job Posting
After sending a connection request, you should receive a notification saying that the recruiter has accepted the connection request. Now, you can start messaging the recruiter directly.
In your initial message, tell the recruiter why you’re interested in the position. Be specific and concise. Don’t ramble on about yourself. Instead, focus on the problem you’re trying to solve and the benefits you bring to the table.
Here is an example of the message you may want to send:
I’m a recent graduate looking for my first full-time job after college. I noticed your post for Senior Software Engineer at . I am very excited about this opportunity because I believe I have the skills needed to excel in this role.
My background includes experience working as a software developer in both Java and C#. I worked on projects ranging from small web applications to large enterprise systems. I also have experience writing unit tests using JUnit and MSTest frameworks.
I am confident that I can contribute to your team and help you build great products. I hope you find me suitable for this position.
4. Wait for A Response From The Recruiter
It’s possible that the recruiter won’t respond right away. In fact, it’s likely that they’ll ignore your message for a while. That doesn’t mean that you should give up. You need to keep following the recruiter until they accept your connection request.
You can use the LinkedIn search feature to see whether the recruiter has responded to any of your previous messages. If not, try again later.
If you’re still having trouble connecting with a recruiter, send an email directly to them explaining why you want to connect and what you’d like to discuss. They may be able to help you out by suggesting other candidates or companies who might be interested in hiring you.
Final Verdict on Introducing Yourself to a Recruiter on Linkedin
LinkedIn is one of the best ways to reach out to recruiters. It’s free, easy to use, and allows you to easily connect with people you know.
However, there are some things you need to consider when introducing yourself to a recruiter on LinkedIn. First, don’t just send generic messages. Make sure you tailor each message to the company and the position you’re applying for.