Friday, May 31, 2013

HOW TO: Connect with Recruiters on LinkedIn

by Donna Svei

You’re starting a job search. You have 60 LinkedIn connections. You want recruiters to find you.  Alrighty then. We need to get to work. A conservative estimate says there are over 600,000 recruiters on LinkedIn.  Here’s how they break out:

  1. About 16,000 of them purchase unlimited access to LinkedIn’s full database. If you’re there, they can find you.
  2. Another group uses Boolean search to mine LinkedIn via Google. But come on, how many of them do that? I mean, Boo-le-an search, it sounds scary! Boo!
  3. The rest of them, and, I submit, the greatest number, are limited to finding their first, second, and third level connections. You want to be one of those people.
Here’s what you do:
  1. Join the “Recruiter Network — #1 Group for Recruiters.” It has about 450,000 members, including recruiters and people who want to network with recruiters.
  2. Upgrade your account to “Recruiters Talent Basic” for one month. Stay with me here. More on this at the end.
  3. Go to the “Advanced Search” page.
  4. Type your job function in the “Keywords” field (accounting, engineering, HR, etc.).
  5. Type “LION” in the “Last Name” field.
  6. Type your zip code in the “Postal Code” field.
  7. Select “50 miles” at the “Within” box.
  8. Select “The Recruiter Network — #1 Group for Recruiters” at the “Groups” field.
  9. Click “Search.”

Your search might look like this:  see what the search would look like, the results, and the complete article

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