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How to Contact Recruiters via LinkedIn (Word-for-Word Message Templates)

Have you come to the realization that your job search might be taking a little too long? It's time to start thinking outside of the box and try something new.

You can level up and accelerate your job search by connecting with recruiters via LinkedIn. Recruiters are always looking for talented people, and they appreciate being contacted by qualified job seekers.

To do it right, you need to know how to find recruiters via LinkedIn and what to write in your LinkedIn messages. Here, we'll cover everything you need to know before you start connecting with recruiters:

Before we dive deep into the topic, let's quickly answer the most important question.

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First off, is it OK to reach out to a recruiter on LinkedIn?

Recruiters use LinkedIn to expand their network, looking for new talent on a daily basis.

While on the lookout for potential candidates that could match active job openings, recruiters network with other professionals and build their candidate database for any future vacancies.

If you contact them via LinkedIn and they are looking for similar professional profiles, there's a high chance that they will get back to you with more information about open positions. Even if it doesn't result in a job match straight away, many of them will appreciate your effort and might contact you in the future.

These connections are mutually beneficial, so feel free to contact recruiters on LinkedIn to let them know about your skills and experience.

Now, let's find out how to identify and contact them!


How to find a recruiter?

Right now, more than 770 million professionals, in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, are using LinkedIn.

With these staggering numbers, LinkedIn is the largest network for career development that helps professionals to find the right job, connect and strengthen professional relationships, and learn the skills they need to succeed in their careers.

It provides information about individuals and companies, including the company's employee list.

With a professional network like this, it has never been easier to find and connect with people behind job opportunities -- not only with recruiters but also hiring, recruitment and HR managers.

Yet, many job seekers overlook the power of LinkedIn in making those connections and using them to accelerate job hunting efforts.

To contact recruiters on LinkedIn and consequently increase your chances of getting noticed, you simply need to find profiles of recruiters by doing a LinkedIn search.

LinkedIn has several filters that help narrow down your results and zero in on the most relevant options -- it's not hard at all! We've covered the exact steps to help you do it.

Follow these steps to find recruiters.

Step #1. Go to the search box.

Find the search box at the top of the LinkedIn page.

Step #2: Enter the keyword and hit enter (or click the search button).

Enter the keyword 'recruiter' into the LinkedIn search bar.

Or, you can look for alternative job titles recruiters may have, such as recruitment specialist, recruitment advisor, talent acquisition specialist, staffing specialist, hiring coordinator, or headhunter.

In this case, we're going to search for the term 'recruiter'.

To start the search, click on the 'Se

As you can see from the results below, LinkedIn has returned a helpful list of professionals with job titles related to recruiting.

The next step will help you identify a recruiter in your target company.

Step #3: Apply filters.

LinkedIn will provide a list of people, jobs, groups and companies with the keyword 'recruiter' in their titles.

As you can see, there are over two million results for this search.

Apply additional filters to narrow down the list depending on your preferred:

  • connection level

  • location

  • current company

  • past company

  • school

  • profile language

Pro tip: You can use the same approach to find a hiring manager and send them a LinkedIn message regarding open opportunities.

That's it! In three quick and easy steps you got the names of recruiters. Now, let's contact them!


How to contact recruiters?

Once you have identified recruiters on LinkedIn, it's time to contact them.

To do so, go to the person's profile and click on the button 'More'. There, you'll be able to choose from a couple of options, depending on your LinkedIn membership.

You can approach recruiters via LinkedIn by adding a note to a connection request or sending them an InMail message, if you have Premium LinkedIn profile.

Option A. Send a personalized connection request.

If you have a free version of LinkedIn, the only way to send a message to a recruiter is by adding a personalized note to a connection request.

So, after you have identified recruiters you'd like to get in touch with, approach them with a personalized message.

Click on 'Connect' (in the pop up window) and then 'Add a note.'