LinkedIn is an evolutionary platform in the business field, it really did change the way people used to find a job, you remember the newspaper job adverts and the flyers, right? Well, I do and I’ve gotta tell you, I found my first job as a typist in a small company from the newspaper advertisements.
But thankfully right now, everything is changed, you don’t have to wait for recruiters to publish a job advertisement in newspapers, all you need is an account and knowing how to start a conversation with a recruiter on LinkedIn.
You know how important the first moves are in everyone’s life. They had this very high importance during human history, from the first move in politics and wars to the very first impression when you are trying to impress someone at a party.
That is why it is very important to know how to approach a recruiter on LinkedIn to make them notice you. So I decided to introduce you to some very important strategies and give you some samples of how to message recruiters on LinkedIn. If you are going to approach an employer on LinkedIn and don’t know how to do it, read this article to the end.
How to start a conversation with a recruiter on LinkedIn?
First things first, you need to start with optimizing your profile. This section is the window of your store, you know how important it is, right? Forget about that “beauty must be in the eyes of the beholder” philosophy.
We all choose a store with a tidy and professionally arranged store window over one with a messy and sloppy showcase. Doesn’t matter even if they have the best quality of products or services, they still will be considered unprofessional, at least at the first sight; and the first look defines more than enough for a recruiter to decide whether they want to respond to you or not.
So take a professional picture and upload it as your profile photo. Pictures are mostly the first thing that makes recruiters take a look at your profile, they see it even before the title and name.
Choose a picture that shows your face, the one that you look like a professional, it is best to select a simple background and it is suggested to smile in your photo, for a friendly picture is so much more attractive than one that looks like it was taken at a police station. So smile!
Take care of that headline, could you? I mean, yeah photos are very important but your headline is the key that lets the recruiters decide to respond to your message or not.
We do not choose random people for a job vacancy, do we? You can tell what they do, and what you achieved during your years of experience, add an expert/specialist to the title if you have been working in a field for some years, and use creative sentences, try to avoid cliches.
The summary and the more critical sections. The summary is your initial introduction, the one that the recruiters mostly ask you to tell them during a job interview.
It is essential to take special care while you are writing it. Give a good and thorough overview of who you are, what your talents and skills are, a little bit about how you started your work, and what your goal is.
Be realistic in writing, no one believes a surreal story. Also, take special care for the two most important sections of the profile which attract most employers, experiences and education, be accurate while you are listing them, and please add a description about what your job exactly was and what achievements you had while doing it.
Activate the ‘Open to Work’ frame, only if you are not employed right now, because if you do this and are still working, it can cost you your current position before you find another job.
The other thing you need to consider is publishing valuable content to add to your profile’s value. I am not saying that the recruiters will focus on your activities because they do not, but it weighs your profile and of course, demonstrates your knowledge. And for the last part about optimizing, please have an updated profile.
Find the recruiters and connect them. Why? Because they are not there to find you a job, but they have access to many vacancies that are not online yet and each one of them has this database that allows them to choose the best candidates for these opportunities. So search one of the following terms on the search box.
- Talent specialist
- Recruitment manager
- Human resources
- Recruitment specialist/expert
You can narrow down the results by using different filters available.
Now, once you choose one recruiter, you can either send them an InMails if you are a premium user, which is a very direct approach or send them a connect request if you are using a basic account.
Doesn’t matter which one you use, the important thing is to elevate the response rate as much as possible. So, avoid those cliché texts and try to personalize them.
You can tell them how you found them and why you are messaging, and talk a bit about the common things you might have, like attending the same university or working in a common field.
They are some very busy people and they receive thousands of messages and InMails every week, so it would be wise if you appreciate their time in your messages.
Also, consider that they owe you nothing, so offer them some valuable things instead of demanding, and ask for a mutual connection for a proper introduction.
Consider that these people know that you are seeking a job, so articulate that in your follow-up messages when they accept your connection request.
Thank them first for providing a chance for you to contact them, and tell them about the position you are looking for or that you like them to consider you for the desired position in the future.
I personally like the second approach, since there is no pressure in it, and lets them actually consider you in the future. Tell them why you fit the position based on your education, experiences, skills, and talents. It also can be a good idea to attach a resume to your follow-ups.
As mentioned, these people are so busy, so please keep it short and sweet, and don’t forget to end the message with a call to action sentence or maybe some contact information?
Sound professional and believe that the recruiters are no robots, so personalize the message and check and recheck it before sending it. Nothing can sabotage your impression more than grammar mistakes and spelling errors.
Now, if you consider all of these, it is only natural to expect to hear from the recruiters so keep the communication line open and be fast to respond to the messages they send you. It is such a loss when you do not respond to them in a short period, I mean, you can lose some very perfect opportunities, you know?
Now, let’s have a look at some samples, shall we? The first ones are from my own conversations I had with some recruiters years ago. And guess what? Some of them actually turned to my very dear friends.
First message: “Hi Angela Harris! My name is Mary Jalilibaleh. I am a SEO specialist at SPN, Inc. in Berlin. Just looking to connect with others in the local area. Hope you have a great day.
The follow-up response message: “Thanks for connecting Angela Harris. I saw you had SEO Management open with KPMG. After reading through the description, I believe my experience and skills would match well with what they are trying to reach in this position. Are you still accepting applicants for this job vacancy? I have attached my resume for reference. Thanks again for connecting and I hope you have a great day.”
Hi Johan Yu. My name is Sara Abraham and I’m a UX designer. If you have a second, I would love the chance to discuss how my code-developing skills and four years of experience might match the web mastering I’ve applied for (If You Already Applied). You can find my contact information down below, thanks for connecting and I hope you have a great day.
LinkedIn is an all-in-one social platform and is known to be the best and fastest way for finding a proper job. Having a boosted-up connection network is the key to many things on LinkedIn. I think it is logical that having some recruiters among your connections would be a perfect strategy in job hunting. So you need to know how to start a conversation with a recruiter on LinkedIn. Use the tips I just gave you to start a perfect relationship with some recruiters.