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Finding a Recruiter on LinkedIn

When looking for jobs for chemists in NJ, many candidates assume that managing their own job search is the best option. While it’s not wholly ineffective, a job search is often a cumbersome undertaking. Plus, candidates may only have access to publicly-advertised openings, effectively limiting the number of opportunities they can explore. Since that’s the case, finding a recruiter on LinkedIn is often a better strategy.

By connecting with a recruiter on LinkedIn, candidates get access to a job search ally. Along with helping job seekers find suitable positions, recruiters often have access to unadvertised openings or can directly market a candidate to an employer, even if there isn’t a current vacancy. If you’re ready to take your job search to the next level, here are some tips to help you find a recruiter on LinkedIn.

How Finding a Recruiter on LinkedIn Can Help with Your Search Efforts

Focus on Industry-Specific Recruiters

When you’re conducting a search on LinkedIn to find a recruiter, make sure you’re focusing on recruiters that specialize in your industry. Often, they’re better connected to employers in that sector. Plus, they usually have a better understanding of what you bring to the table and what companies are trying to find, allowing them to make higher-quality matches.

In some cases, recruiters may explicitly discuss their primary industries in parts of their LinkedIn profile. If that isn’t the case, you can look at the members of their network to see if they’re connected to professionals or organizations in your sector.

Using search filters to choose your industry and then adding keywords like “recruiter” can also work. Similarly, searching for “recruiter” and a keyword related to your field is worth trying.

As you perform your search, it’s also helpful to add location-based keywords. Ideally, you want to find a recruiter that supports the city you’re living in or where you’re open to commuting or moving to, as they often have the strongest location connections.

Request an Introduction

If you find a recruiter that’s connected to one of your first-degree connections, reach out to your connection and see if they’d introduce you to the recruiter. Often, this approach can increase your odds of getting in touch, as the shared contact provides the recruiter with a degree of reassurance. Plus, if your connection has a strong reputation with the recruiter and extolls your virtues to the recruiter, it could increase the odds that they’ll view you as a priority.

Connect and Add a Note

If you don’t have a connection in common with the recruiter, you’ll need to use the Connect button to reach out. When you do, choose the option to “add a note,” giving you a place to introduce yourself.

When you craft the message, you want to try to stand out for all of the right reasons. Recruiters get a lot of messages, so differentiating yourself is potentially necessary if you want them to accept the connection.

Approach the letter like an emailed elevator pitch. Outline your experience, discuss the individual pertinent skills you bring to the table, and showcase your value by quantifying a few details. If possible, reference a specific relevant job opening that the recruiter is trying to fill while also expressing your interest in similar opportunities if they’re available.

Get in Touch with a Recruiter Today!

By using that approach, you’re ensuring the recruiter understands who you are as a professional and why you’re reaching out, which makes a significant difference. If you’re looking for jobs for chemists in NJ and want to connect with a recruiter right away, Alpha Consulting wants to hear from you. Contact us today.