HOW TO: Use LinkedIn Groups to Help Recruiters Find You

Recruiters can search LinkedIn for people who belong to the groups they have joined.

While it’s best to be a first level connection with your target recruiters, joining the groups they belong to is also a good strategy for making yourself findable. 

How To: Search for LinkedIn Group Members

Check out the screenshot to see how easy it is to use Advanced Search to look for group members. Any recruiter can check the “Group Members” box. Premium members can search specific groups.



Which Groups Do Recruiters Join?

Recruiters tend to join groups about recruiting and groups where the types of people they recruit hang out. If you want them to find you, then you need to join those groups too.

Aren’t LinkedIn Groups a Lot of Work?

Note that I said join. I didn’t say anything about being active in the group. Being active will make you more noticeable, but it’s not a requirement to be findable. We’re talking findable in this post.

The Ultimate Low Effort Approach

At a minimum, join the largest recruiting group on LinkedIn, The Network. They welcome job seekers who want to network with recruiters.

Once you have joined, you will want to adjust your settings. Click Interests/Groups and then click the gear icon on the upper right-hand side of the page. Find the Network and click Member Settings. Make your choices.

Be sure to check the box that says, “Allow members of this group to send me messages via LinkedIn.” This will enable recruiters who have found you to send you messages about the career opportunities of your dreams.

That’s it, my laziest lowest effort approach to helping recruiters find you on LinkedIn.

A More Proactive Next Step

OK, we covered a lot of recruiters just by joining The Network. But what about those recruiters who specialize in people just like you? Which groups do they belong to?

Think about your top 10 keywords, the ones you especially want to be recognized for in your profile’s Skills & Expertise section. Type your most important keyword into the LinkedIn search box,  select Groups from the drop-down menu to the left of the search box, and hit return.

That will generate a list of groups related to your keyword. To be most findable, join the biggest groups. 

Bird Dogging It

Remember my infographic, HOW TO: Find Recruiters on LinkedIn? If you have found targeted recruiters, then you can look at their profiles, usually toward the bottom, see which groups they belong to, and join some of those groups yourself.


If you don’t want your boss or others to know that you’ve joined a particular group, for whatever reason, then see this post.


If you’re on LinkedIn, and you want a new job, it makes sense to make yourself as findable as possible. This is low-hanging fruit. Pick it!

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Comments 11

  1. Really interesting I will share this approach with our Undergrad students it is a great way for them to start building a network

  2. Thanks Donna for sharing such a insightful article. It is really important for the candidates to make their LinkedIn profile in such a way that recruiters or the employers could easily find them because these days LinkedIn is a very useful site for the job searchers.

  3. Excellent instructional article – I’ve shared for those I service for career transitions for the great tips you provide. LinkedIn really is the on-line place for candidates to be found, learn about companies and show your value.

  4. Hi Donna,

    Thank you for a very informative article. When I attempted to join The Recruiter Network, I got this message: “We’re sorry…You’ve reached or exceeded the maximum number of confirmed and pending groups”. So does this mean I need to leave at least one group in order to join The Recruiter Network?


    Hi Nabil,

    Thank you. Yes, it’s sounds as though you’ve reached the 50 group maximum.


  5. Amazing article, the most useful I’ve seen on the subject. Thank you Donna so much!

    Thank you Larissa! Donna

  6. Thank you for a most informative article. I wish I had known about this 10 months ago!
    Please keep up the good work.


    Thank you Michael. Donna

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