HOW TO: Find Recruiters on LinkedIn — Infographic

Find Recruiters on LinkedIn

by Donna Svei on July 17, 2013

LinkedIn’s membership includes over one million recruiters worldwide. But how do you find them? This infographic expands on a post I wrote last week, 10 Keywords Found in Recruiters’ Job Titles.

It 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.

I have tested this process for several clients over the last week. With one exception, it has proven to be a very effective way to find recruiters relevant to my clients’ careers. The exception was a ubiquitous keyword that generated too many false positives.

Please bookmark this post for future reference. Also, feel free to share the infographic with friends, colleagues, and on your blogs. Enjoy!


 Search String

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


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Note: Infographic updated April 2014.


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Jason Frasca July 19, 2013 at 10:45


As always you are a wealth of knowledge!

Thank you for sharing,


Thank you. :)


Maria Zulick Nucci July 19, 2013 at 23:01

Using – or, to be precise, attempting to use – recruiters is an absolute, total joke. I have a professional degree, numerous academic and professional achievements, top-flight references, and was unemployed for 17 months. I sent my CV to many, many legal, professional and executive recruiters, and the song was always the same: thank you for sending your CV/resume/contacting us/opening an account. One of our recruiters will review your CV/resume and, if we find a match/fit, will contact you. Zilch; not one interview nor even one prospect. I finally got a job by applying directly for a state government position.

Check out the recent book, Job Wars, published last July. It reveals the ugly reality of “recruiters,” firms which apparently exist as walls between prospective employers and prospective employees, to protect the former from discrimination claims by the “wrong” types of applicants, to ensure the employer’s “culture” is protected from those who “don’t fit.”

Hi Maria,

This post addresses methods of finding both in-house and third party recruiters. In my experience, companies hire third party recruiters to find difficult-to-find employees, not to protect the company from discrimination (however, I suppose that’s possible), or because they don’t have in-house staff who can perform the recruitment at hand. A third party recruiter, or in-house recruiter, can only help you if they have a search that matches your qualifications.

Beyond that, it’s a good idea to always check out a recruiter before you share your resume. Here’s more on that: 5 Ways Job Seekers Can Vet Recruiters

Kind regards,


Peter August 25, 2013 at 22:04

Donna, you are the vital missing link between career experts, career seekers and the modern day job hunt. Thank you.

As an aside, not certain if you have a post on this already but I would love to see a post on maximizing the LinkedIn premium membership.

Hi Peter,

Thank you for your kind words.

LinkedIn Premium memberships were the topic on last Friday’s Animal Chat. You can search the hashtag #AnimalChat on Twitter to review the conversation. I will think about a post.

Kind regards,


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