Doing a proactive job search has become a lot easier with social platforms like LinkedIn. Now you can not only view the job listing, but you can also easily find the recruiter who's leading the search.

Reaching out to the recruiter is certainly a solid proactive job search strategy but like anything in life, there's a right and wrong way to do it. Here's the best way to connect with a recruiter on LinkedIn!

Three Steps For Connecting With A Recruiter On LinkedIn

1.) Research Recruiter's Profile - Details matter! You may learn from the recruiter's LinkedIn profile that you attended the same university or once worked at the same company, just during different time periods. Anything you have in common with the recruiter could be a good way to break the ice.

2.) Make A Connection Request - Use the simple 300-word connection request to introduce yourself to the recruiter. Mention something that you have in common and that you're interested in learning more about their career field and would love the opportunity to connect. Keep it simple, you don't want to overwhelm the recruiter.

3.) Ask A Follow-Up Question - Once you're connected, send a follow-up note thanking them for the connection, mention that the job posting caught your attention, and ask them what's most important to them when considering a candidate for this position. This is a way to express your interest in the position while politely asking for their feedback. The key is not to be pushy and frame it in a way where you're trying to make their job easier.

What Do You Do If A Recruiter Doesn't Connect With You?


If a recruiter doesn't respond to your connection request, it's best to just move on.

There could be many reasons why the recruiter doesn't respond that have nothing to do with you. Being too aggressive about your connection request could actually damage your chances of getting your dream job. Make one request and if the recruiter doesn't respond, let it go.

You can continue your proactive job search by searching LinkedIn for other professionals that work with the company you're interested in. Use the above steps to try to connect with them and perhaps they can give you tips that may help you land a job interview. This is not only a good way to run a proactive job search but it will also help you build your professional network.

It's important to remember that if you have a strong LinkedIn profile it's possible that recruiters will reach out to you.

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