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Job searching can be a lengthy process, especially if you're just depending on the submission of your resume to job postings through job boards. On the other hand, if you are working with the right recruiters, they can put you in front of the right opportunities and help you get your dream job quicker. Related: How LinkedIn Endorsements Can Improve Your Job Search Efforts The fact is, there are some jobs that never even make it to job boards. Employers may hire a recruiter as the main avenue to finding the right job candidate, and if you've grabbed that recruiter's attention, you have a chance at the job.


How To Get A Recruiter's Attention On LinkedIn

So, the question now is how does one gain the attention of recruiters? Here are some tips.

Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile

Every recruiter will seek talent through LinkedIn so if you're not on it, there's a slim chance you'll grab any recruiter's attention. Make sure your Profile is complete and contains keywords recruiters will use in their search. Optimize your Profile to contain the job titles and skills they are seeking so you get a high search ranking. See How To Keyword Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile for more information on this.

Be Active In LinkedIn Groups

Make sure you join LinkedIn's relevant industry groups as recruiters regularly scour groups to find talent. Start or join in discussions to make yourself stand out and showcase your strengths and expertise.

Get Recommendations

The person with over 20 recommendations will be called before the person with two. Spend the time to add recommendations to your LinkedIn profile under the relevant jobs.

Add Skills Endorsements

The same thing holds true for skills endorsements and you want to get as many endorsements as you can. Start by identifying the top five skills for your industry and start reaching out to people. This not only makes you stand out, but it is also a big part of how well you rank in recruiter searches. Just remember, recruiters are highly motivated to fill their open positions, so it's not about hounding them for job openings, but demonstrating you have what they are looking for to fill the job.

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