We are all familiar with the traditional job search procedure. You search for relevant job openings, you send in a resume and cover letter, you expect that you hear a response, and perhaps you get a first interview. But a smaller and smaller percentage of jobs are being discovered this way.
Several new jobs are now found through networking.
Still, perhaps the most common new way to search a new role is by connecting with recruiters, several of whom are using LinkedIn to find talent to fill open positions.
Tips to Contact a Recruiter (Rather than Waiting for Them to Contact You)
You will mostly hear stories of workers that were contacted straightly by recruiters and offered interviews or positions at leading companies. But you do not need to sit around and wait for a recruiter to contact you. After all, it is difficult enough for you to find jobs. Imagine how hard it is for recruiters to find you.
Contacting recruiters straightly though can be both nerve wracking and challenging. After all, not every recruiter likes to be contacted, and not every person is ready to be looked at by a recruiter. Before you even contact your first recruiter, make certain:
- Your LinkedIn is Ready – Your LinkedIn profile should be as thorough and professional as possible so that if/when a recruiter analyzes you, they will be wowed by your abilities.
- Your Profile is Public – Recruiters can’t see your profile unless they add you, and they won’t add you unless your profile is public for them to view. So make definite that they can see everything, involving your photo.
- You Know What You Want – “Hi, do you have a job for me?” will not work. Do not make them do any extra work. Know what kind of positions you are applying for and what you’re best qualified for.
You should not contact anyone until these are prepared. Once you have prepared them, seek out recruiters in your specialized field. Send them an InMail directly. With that InMail, write certain variation of the following:
“Hi, my name is John Smith. I see you’re responsible for recruitment for warehouse and shipping companies. I’ve seven years of experience in logistics, with a Master’s Degree in Supply Chain Management from the University of Washington. I am presently seeking new employment opportunities and would love an opportunity to connect with you either by phone or in person to see if there are any roles that may be a good fit.”
Firstly, introduce yourself. Then promote your best skills. If you’ve any impressive achievements, mention them there. Let them know you are searching for a job, and provide them ideas for suitable next actions.
Keep it brief, because recruiters are busy people, and let your profile speak for itself. Some variation of the above paragraph is going to be your best opportunity to connect with a recruiter, and have them want to assist you find work.