11 Steps to Message a Recruiter on LinkedIn (+ Sample)

Are you tired of applying to jobs, but getting nowhere? Ever tried LinkedIn?

Job seekers often turn to LinkedIn networking when looking for new jobs. When you need a new job, reaching out to recruiters on LinkedIn is often the best way to find one.

However,  It is important to learn how to identify the right recruiter, optimize your profile, send a connection request, and craft an introductory message.

LinkedIn has introduced multiple features that help job seekers connect with potential employers and professionals. LinkedIn InMail is one of its most remarkable features that has played a significant role in helping job seekers get in touch with potential employers.

This article provides 11 helpful tips and steps to message a recruiter on LinkedIn to increase your chance of landing your dream job. It also provides tips on Inmail and how to search for recruiters. 

What is LinkedIn InMail?

LinkedIn InMail is a private messaging service on the professional networking platform. It’s designed for professionals looking to connect with and send messages to other LinkedIn users. 

With the paid version of InMail, you can send a message to anyone who has chosen “yes” for receiving messages from LinkedIn users. But if you’re using the free version of InMail, you can send private messages only to LinkedIn users connected to you on the platform in one way or another.

LinkedIn InMail is an excellent tool for networking with recruiters and landing your dream job. But, you need to know how to use it properly, or your messages may get lost in the shuffle.

How to Find the Right Recruiter

Finding a candidate that meets your criteria is crucial because, according to studies, 72% of recruiters look for candidates on LinkedIn. Use these recommendations to help focus your search:

Search by location or industry

If you’re looking for a job in a specific city, use the LinkedIn search bar. You can narrow the search fields by using the Locations filter. Search for “recruiter” with the city selected. 

LinkedIn gives you the opportunity to use the Company filter. While you can’t search for a specific company like Google, you can narrow the results by adding an industry, location, and company size.

Ask for recommendations 

Has a friend recently switched jobs with the help of a recruiter? If so, ask them for a recommendation. If you have a connection to a recruiter, even if it’s through a friend or former colleague, it can help you make that initial connection.

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How to Message a Recruiter on LinkedIn

Are you ready to reach out to recruiters on LinkedIn? Follow this process:

When you reach out to a recruiter, the first thing they will do is look at your LinkedIn profile. Before you send out connection requests, take some time to enhance your profile.

Identify keywords

Add relevant keywords to your profile like the name of the job you’re looking for or the skills that are needed to do this job.

For example, if you’re looking for a job as a graphic designer, you should place that job title in several places on your profile, and maybe “experienced designer” along with “Adobe Creative Cloud,” to show proficiency in a specific design program.

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Update your profile picture

Your LinkedIn profile should be up-to-date, ideally taken within the current year. It should be professional and only include yourself. 

Similarly, you should pick a professional cover photo as well. You may need to buy a stock photo that’s relevant to your desired job. Make sure the images uploaded are the proper size so they’re crisp and clear. 

Refine your LinkedIn headline 

At the top of your profile, there’s a headline. It’s one of the first things a recruiter will see. Take some time to craft a short, descriptive headline that describes your ideal job and skill set. 

You don’t need to write a grammatically correct sentence, you can use snappy descriptions and break them up with commas.

Add a bulleted list to your profile summary

The profile summary gives you a chance to introduce yourself to the recruiter and prospective companies. You have 2,000 characters in this space. To make it count, consider summarizing yourself and your experience in a sentence or two and highlighting specific skills with a bulleted list.
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Be specific with job descriptions

When you describe the tasks you’ve done, add as many specifics as possible. If you can, add data to support it. For example, a content writer might mention their effort to grow a blog’s audience by a certain percentage or improve referral traffic by a certain amount.

Request recommendations

Before reaching out to a recruiter, ask a few people for recommendations – specifically for your LinkedIn profile. Ask a handful of people at a time to ensure at least two or three are there when your profile is reviewed. 

Send a connection request

Provided you’ve selected a shortlist of recruiters that you’d like to work with, your next step is to send each one a connection request. 

Since there’s no guarantee that a recruiter will accept your request, you can reach out to a few. However, if you’re eyeing a specific job listing that you found on LinkedIn, reach out to the specific recruiter on the listing or contact one recruiter within the company.

Send an InMail message

If you upgrade your LinkedIn account to the premium tier, you can send anyone on Linkedin an InMail message – whether they’ve accepted your connection request or not. If you have the means, this can put your name in front of recruiters faster, without relying on them to accept a request from you. 

Next, craft a well-written message. Your message should be 75 words or less that explains who you are, what your experience is, and what you’re looking for. (See samples below).

Follow-up with a recruiter

If a recruiter is interested, he or she will likely ask you to send over a resume, cover letter, and portfolio. When you send them over, keep your note short, and positive, and include your name, email, and cell phone number so the recruiter can easily reach you. 

If you don’t hear back from a recruiter within 3-4 business days, you can send a brief follow-up message. Keep it simple. Ask if they might have time to connect and state your continued interest in a specific job posting or field of work.

Maintain engagement

If a recruiter accepts a connection request but isn’t responding to your messages, consider engaging with his or her posts. Like an article, comment on posts, or share content that might interest your audience.  

If you do connect with a recruiter, it’s still good practice to engage with them as much as possible on the platform.

LinkedIn Message Examples

Here’re some examples of LinkedIn messages that can generate responses:

  1. After Submitting Your Application

Hi Eliza,

I am delighted to know that you are currently looking for new employees in your food engineering department. Having a Master of Food Science degree and two years of work experience, I am excited to have a chance to show my skills and knowledge in the field of food science. I believe my skills and experience would be perfect for helping your business grow! I have already submitted my application via your online job portal. And if you have time, I’d love to discuss how my knowledge, skills, and experience match the job. 

Thank you for your time.

  1. Inquiring About Opening

Hi George! 

I hope you’re having a great day. My name is (First Name), and I am interested in working at your company. I have heard nothing but positive things about the workplace culture in (company name). It would be great if you could consider me for any openings in Marketing or Product Development that might match my skills and experience. Please have a look at my resume (attached). I look forward to meeting you over Skype or in-person to discuss how I may be a good fit for a relevant position.

Thank you so much for reading this message.

  1. To Inquire if a Position is Still Open

Hi Chris,

I’m writing to ask about the job opening for a gym instructor that I saw on a LinkedIn job board. The ad was placed over a month ago now (which sadly has since been taken down), do you happen to know if someone filled this position already? If not, then would there be any chance we could discuss how my qualification and experience match the job requirements? 

Thank you very much and best wishes!

  1. Just Networking

Hello Jamie! 

I’m a digital marketing professional seeking connections and acquaintances in the industry. I just read your article about next-generation marketing practices on www.digimarkets.com. It was an excellent and valuable read for me today, so I just wanted to say hello and connect on LinkedIn! Hope all is well with you today.

Thank you so much!

  1. Asking About Internship Opportunities

Hi Abbass,

I am currently enrolled in a master’s degree in data science at York University. I have been following your company on LinkedIn for quite some time now and would like to ask if you’d have any positions available for interns this summer. 

I have experience in data analysis and programming languages, such as Python or R (my favorite). I am attaching my resume here just in case any opportunity comes up.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

You may also want to read about the smartest questions to ask a recruiter at the end of an interview. 

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