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Mastering the Art of Engaging Recruiters on LinkedIn

Jan 22, 2024 | From the desk of...

By John Geraghty – Partner, Director of Recruiting Operations

In the dynamic landscape of modern recruiting, where recruiters are inundated with a sea of emails, LinkedIn messages, and voicemails, standing out as a candidate is an art. How can you navigate the crowded space to ensure a recruiter not only notices your message but responds positively? Here are some key strategies to enhance your communication on LinkedIn and increase your chances of getting a recruiter’s attention.

  1. Targeting the Right Recruiters

Building a meaningful relationship with a recruiter begins with research. Take the time to understand the recruiter’s focus areas by exploring their website. Identify the industries they specialize in and the professionals they represent. This ensures that your outreach is directed toward recruiters aligned with your career goals.

  1. Craft a Concise Message

Avoid the common pitfall of bombarding recruiters with lengthy messages proclaiming your perfect fit for a job you may not fully comprehend. Keep your communication succinct and impactful. According to LinkedIn, concise InMails receive responses at a rate 22% higher than the global average. Be clear, confident, and respectful of the recruiter’s time.

  1. Express Mutual Benefit

Let recruiters know that you are seeking a mutually beneficial relationship. Acknowledge that you value their expertise and, in return, commit to being responsive and transparent. Building trust is a two-way street. Additionally, offer insights into the market, share your activities, and provide constructive feedback on interviews. This collaborative approach lays the foundation for a strong, enduring partnership.

  1. Beyond Transactional Communication

Shift your mindset from viewing the interaction as a singular transaction to a long-term relationship. While recruiters assist you in your career journey, be open to reciprocating by becoming a valuable client in the future. This transformative approach ensures that your connection with the recruiter goes beyond securing a job, fostering a continuous and meaningful dialogue.

By implementing these strategies, you can make a positive impact on your networking efforts and, ultimately, your career trajectory. Engaging recruiters on LinkedIn is not just about getting noticed; it’s about building lasting connections that contribute to your professional growth. For more tips on preparing to market yourself, visit our Candidate Resource page


Partner, Practice Director - Accounting & Finance

Rick is a founding member of Chesapeake Search Partners and Practice Director for the Accounting & Finance Practice, facilitating all direct-hire and contractual searches within these fields. Rick began his career as a CPA in public/corporate accounting. He joined the recruiting industry in 1993 with The Mergis Group. He then went on to successfully lead the Accounting & Finance Practice for Stephen James Associates. As he continued those efforts throughout his tenure in the industry, he realized there was a lack of support for the demand of a recruiting partner in these industries within the Baltimore/DC market.

Rick graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

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