What is the best way to reach out to a recruiter on LinkedIn? – Arina in Mahwah, NJ
TINA: LinkedIn can be a powerful tool when used with intention. Background information on the industry that you are interested in will likely identify the key recruiters or recruiting companies with whom you should be connected. Many larger companies utilize one or two recruiting firms to assist them to qualify candidates.
It is very helpful to personalize your connection request on LinkedIn. Be direct in your reason for wanting to connect and ask how they would like for you to communicate with them to follow up. Remember to see if you have similar connections – our current network is the best resource for warm introductions to those that we would like to meet.
LYNN: Arina it’s so important to research the recruiters in your field and industry. LinkedIn is a powerful tool to leverage for the research. Once you have identified your top prospects (recruiters) you are ready to make your move. Whether you send a LinkedIn InMail, traditional email, or direct call, be sure to carefully craft your message. Why them? Why you? Be brief, be concise, and use power words. Power words are like keywords and will be specific to your industry/field/role. Your goal is to entice them to want to know more. Rise above the noise and get noticed. Good luck!
Update 7/22: Thank you to Jay for sharing this info! According to recent stats, the response rate to InMail is 21% higher if the sender shares a group with the recipient. Great to know!
Lynn Whitbeck is the co-founder and President of Petite2Queen. She is focused on identifying and evaluating opportunities for women at work, helping them define their personal roadmap. She dedicates herself to delivering tools and insights, embracing visualization of the big picture, and identifying and implementing the minutiae of detail. Lynn aims to share lessons learned along her journey and enable positive uplift for women.