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3 Easy Ways to Find Company Email Addresses

Have you found recruiters you want to contact, but you can’t find company email addresses for them? An AvidCareerist reader finds himself in that situation:

Hi Donna,

I was researching how to get in touch with Deloitte recruiters and came across your article about how to find Big 4 recruiters on LinkedIn.

I have had success in locating them. However, their contact information isn’t provided unless I have LinkedIn’s Premium service or their actual email.

I am a graduating senior. Deloitte doesn’t recruit from my campus, so I am wondering how to contact the recruiters I’ve identified. I studied Computer Science and am looking to get into consulting.

Thanks,

Chung

(2019 Update: LinkedIn now lets members choose who can see their contact information.)

Three Fast Ways to Find an Email Address 

To help Chung, I shared three fast ways to find companies’ email addresses, Hunter.io, a Google technique, and a company website technique.

Hunter.io

First, as of 2019, I like the email finder service, Hunter.io. Thanks to Chris Morton for introducing me to this excellent service (see comments below)!

Hunter allows 50 free searches per month. After that, you pay $49 per month for 1,000 requests (BTW, not an affiliate).

The easiest way to use Hunter is to install the Chrome extension.

Then watch this one-minute video on how to use it:

If you don’t want to install the extension, you can also go to Hunter.io directly and search company domain names for email addresses as shown in the video above.

Also, note that Hunter gives you the company’s most common email syntax. If your recruiter isn’t explicitly listed, you can:

  1. Infer the person’s email address from the syntax.
  2. Go to Hunter.io.
  3. Click “Verifier” on the top horizontal rail.
  4. Insert your inferred address and click to see if it’s deliverable.
  5. If not, check other listed syntaxes.

All in all, this is a fabulous semi-automation of a tedious process!

Additional Email Finder Resources

Beyond Hunter.io, other resources mentioned in the comments below include:

  1. AeroLeads.com
  2. Lusha.co
  3. Prophet
  4. SearchSherlock.com

I have used Prophet a bit and found it helpful. I’m not familiar with the three other tools.

Google

Now, for the tedious approach — Google. If I know where the person works, I find their company’s primary URL and then use Google to determine the company’s email address syntax. My search looks like this:

*@deloitte.com AND email

I scan my results until I see an email address I can use to decipher the company’s syntax for email addresses.

The Deloitte search got me what I needed on page one of my Google results.

This method is effective about 90% of the time.

However, I would only use it if I was out of free searches on Hunter and didn’t want to spend $49.

The Company’s Website Newsroom

Finally, I visit the “Newsroom” page of the company’s website.

They often list the email addresses of their internal public relations people in a “Contacts” section — or at the end of their press releases. You can use that information to peel their email address syntax.

This approach works about half the time.

When You Can’t Find Company Email Addresses

Sometimes, every approach to find a company’s email address fails. When that happens, get a Premium account on LinkedIn. It’s free for 30 days.

Then, send the recruiter a LinkedIn message or InMail. Recruiters tend to read their inbound LinkedIn correspondence.

As a last resort, pick up the phone and call the recruiter. You will probably have to leave a voice mail. Share your elevator pitch, the URL of your LinkedIn profile, and your phone number. Rehearse until you sound like someone you would want to call back.

Is a Recruiter’s Email Address Chung’s Best Bet?

In Chung’s case, trying to connect directly with Deloitte’s recruiters might not be as effective as a referral from a professor or a fellow alum.

I advised him to ask his professors if they have contacts at Deloitte — that’s how I got my job there.

Chung can also use LinkedIn to find fellow alums with this search:

  1. People.
  2. Current Companies: Deloitte.
  3. Schools: [the name of his school].

Many companies give referred candidates priority attention.

What Worked for You?

While that’s how I advised Chung, I’m also curious to hear how you all find company email addresses and how you connect with recruiters.

Please comment — you can see it makes for a better post!

Image: Fotolia/MG
Updated July 2019

© 2015 – 2019, Donna Svei. All rights reserved.

Comments 7

  1. Rehearse this until you sound like someone you would want to call back. – Love it!

    > Petra, Thank you! Donna

  2. Hi Donna,

    Thank you for the tips! I wanted to share with you another free tool for finding emails – Sherlock.
    Enjoy!

    > Sam, Thank you for the tip! Donna

  3. I use hunter.io a lot.

    I used to send several emails to the same person, each using a different address syntax. Comparing those that bounced back with a list of those sent, the one that didn’t bounce was the winner.

    That technique still works great, unless the company in question uses ..@..

  4. Chris,

    I just tried it with deloitte.com and also got a fail. Then I tried it with @ey.com and it worked. It’s good to have more than method!

    Donna

    2019 update: Companies sometimes shift their emails to a different domain name. Thus, Hunter.io can be especially helpful in identifying a variety of syntaxes, including different domain names, and in verifying email addresses.

  5. Hi Chris, have you used tools like AeroLeads ? it simplify the whole prospecting processing and get rid of “guessing” work for business emails.

    Also what are your thoughts on linkedIn inmails, since for smaller direct connection, it can work well too.

    Arpita, Thanks for the tip! Donna

  6. As a recruiter, Lusha is a resource I use often to identify talent. For job seekers however, I would definitely suggest sticking with Prophet, as that invariably surfaces work email addresses, and that’s typically what a job seeker most often is seeking. Going to a hiring manager’s personal contact information will probably make that person a bit uncomfortable.

    There’s also Email Hunter, which is a favorite of Irina Shamaeva, queen of Boolean and LinkedIn training for sourcers & recruiters.

    Ed, Thank you for these ideas! Donna

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