How to Use LinkedIn Groups to Help Recruiters Find You

LinkedIn Recruiter and Sales Navigator members can search for people by 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. 

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, 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 Recruiter.com Network. They welcome job seekers who want to network with recruiters.

Once you have joined, you will want to adjust your settings. Go to the Group’s homepage. Click the gear icon on the upper right-hand side of the page. 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 Recruiter.com Network. But what about those recruiters who specialize in people just like you? Which groups do they belong to?

Think about your top 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, hit Search, then click on Groups.

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, you can look at the Interests section at the bottoms of their profiles, see which groups they belong to, and join some of those groups yourself.

Conclusion

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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I write executive resumes and LinkedIn profiles. Save time. Get hired. Email me at donnasvei@gmail.com for more information.

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Updated June 2017

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

    Sincerely,
    Michael

    Thank you Michael. Donna

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

    Thank you Larissa! Donna

  3. 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?

    Thanks,
    Nabil

    Hi Nabil,

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

    Donna

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

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