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Using LinkedIn to your advantage

Recruiters do not mind if you connect with them through LinkedIn

- I think it is perfectly acceptable to connect with prospective companies via LinkedIn, that is what it is out there for, and a great way for you to build your network.

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Recruiters do not mind if you connect with them through LinkedIn

I do not find it presumptuous at all. In fact, I appreciate the extra effort put into reaching out directly.

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Join groups on LinkedIn to connect with like-minded people and expand your network

Since its main purpose is for networking, I highly recommend joining groups where you can also see job listings and reach out to others in the group to inquire about jobs.

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Keep your profile professional and appealing

I would say it is imperative to not just have a presence, but also to have a presence that actually puts your best foot forward. Whether you have a profile and the quality of the profile says a lot about your level of professionalism to a potential interviewer.

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It’s okay to connect with a company recruiter you’ve never met through LinkedIn

[I]f you are making a cold connection, meaning you have no previous knowledge of this individual, a networking letter is a great way to introduce yourself and what you are looking for to a recruiter and/or potential employer.

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It’s okay to connect with a company recruiter you’ve never met through LinkedIn

I see no problem contacting HR regarding opportunities. LinkedIn, email or phone is just fine.

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Review the recruiters profile before contacting them

Before you reach out to a recruiter on LinkedIn, read their profile since many will offer guidance on the types of inquiries they prefer to receive.

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Don’t fear reaching out on LinkedIn

In the past, I have had outstanding candidates identify me on LinkedIn as an employee of ManpowerGroup, and ask excellent questions about our company and our application process. I’ve then been able to route them to the appropriate recruiter or departmental contact, and it was a very professional exchange.

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Keep your profile up to date

Keeping your profile up-to-date is very important. You may lose out on an amazing opportunity because your profile isn’t reflecting most current positions/accomplishments.

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Reaching out on LinkedIn is worth the effort

An exchange on LinkedIn is likely to result in a phone call if your experience aligns with the organization.

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If you send a message on LinkedIn make sure it is professional and direct

As with any professional career connection, if you connect directly with recruiters, have a message in mind - i.e. how can you fit with the recruiter's/company's needs and job opportunities; where do your skills and interest match with the company's needs.

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If you send a message on LinkedIn make sure it is professional and direct

Start with an introduction explaining how you came to find them and why you are reaching out.

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You’re going to need to follow up on your message, but don’t pester

Follow-up is also key. It may take a few tries before you connect so keep trying without crossing the line.

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Use company career pages on LinkedIn to learn more and connect with recruiters

[Y]ou should especially check out the Careers Section on each LinkedIn page, and see if they offer any information regarding open positions, their application process, and possibly specific recruiter or HR contact info.

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Try to identify the appropriate recruiter

I would caution how high up in the organization to reach. Try to find out who oversees recruiting specifically.

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