Have you found recruiters you want to contact, but you can’t get find their email addresses? An AvidCareerist reader finds himself in that situation:
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, but 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.
Three Fast Ways to Find an Email Address
Accompany bills itself as “the largest database of senior decision makers in the world.” The site, backed by $40 million of venture capital, is in beta.
After you join, which takes seconds, you can research people and companies on the site.
As of March 2018, the company information is (much) more accurate than the people information.
However, they’re pretty good at finding and providing individuals’ email addresses.
Use Accompany for email addresses and company research.
Beyond that, hope they use their deep pockets to improve the quality of their people information. If they do, LinkedIn will have a viable competitor.
If I know where the person works, I find their company’s primary URL and use Google to find 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 that I can use to decipher the company’s standard syntax for email addresses.
The Deloitte search got me what I needed on page one of my results.
This method is effective about 90% of the time.
3. The Company’s Website Newsroom
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.
Do This When You Can’t Find Email Addresses
First, get a Premium account on LinkedIn. It’s free for 30 days. See more on that here.
Second, send the recruiter a LinkedIn message or InMail. Recruiters tend to read their inbound LinkedIn correspondence.
Third, 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 this 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 getting referred in by a professor or a fellow alum.
I would advise him to ask his profs if they have contacts at Deloitte.
He can also use LinkedIn to find fellow alums with this search:
- Current Companies: Deloitte.
- Schools: [the name of his school].
Many companies give referred candidates priority recruiting attention. Chung might benefit from that.
What Worked for You?
I’m curious to hear how you all have managed to connect with recruiters. Please comment!
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Updated March 2018
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