After I finish my clients’ resumes and LinkedIn profiles, most of them want to know how to find recruiters.
2013 — The First Publication
Because of this, I developed an infographic on how to find recruiters on LinkedIn (see below).
The infographic gives you simple, step-by-step instructions on how to find both corporate and third-party recruiters — people who can be instrumental to the development of your career — on LinkedIn.
I’ve focused on LinkedIn because, with over 1.5 million recruiter members, it’s Recruiter Central for Planet Earth.
I have tested the process outlined in the infographic with several clients over the last week. With one exception, it has proven to be an effective way to find recruiters relevant to my clients’ careers.
The exception was a ubiquitous keyword that generated too many false positives.
2017 — Update Tips
Here are a few tips to match the infographic to LinkedIn’s current interface:
1. To get to Advanced Search, click the magnifying glass in the LinkedIn search box.
2. The fields used in the infographic are in the right-hand column of the Advanced Search page.
3. The Title field appears in a drop-down menu when you click on “Keywords.”
4. Use other right-hand column fields to limit your search results.
2018 — Update Tip
As of Q3 2018, LinkedIn has disabled the use of Boolean operators in its lower cost accounts. The process described below currently returns a search error from a standard LinkedIn account. It works perfectly out of a Sales Navigator, Recruiter Lite, or Recruiter account.
You can also use the process described below from Google by using this search string:
site:linkedin.com/in OR site:linkedin.com/pub -pub.dir AND (Candidate OR Diversity OR Employee Referral OR Employment OR Headhunter OR Recruiter OR Recruiting OR Recruitment OR Search OR Sourcer OR Sourcing OR Staffing OR Talent OR Passive)
Thanks to Irina Shamaeva for the LinkedIn language.
That said, LinkedIn will limit the number of public pages you can see for free. If you’re looking for a job, pay for Sales Navigator and use it. The $80 per month is nothing compared to being unemployed and earning $0.
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Donna Svei, an executive resume writer and former C-level executive, retained search consultant, and CPA, writes all of AvidCareerist’s posts. She has written for and been quoted by leading business, general, and career media outlets, including Forbes, Mashable, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Lifehacker, Ask.com, Social Media Today, IT World, SmartBrief, Payscale, Business News Daily, and the Muse. Let her background and experience inform your job search strategy and decision making.