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 to use to make yourself findable. 

Check out the screenshot to see how easy it is to search for group members. A recruiter can check “Group Members” and add any other parameters they want.



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

Note I said join. I didn’t say anything about being active in the group. Being active will make you more noticeable by other people who are active in the group, 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 what is probably the largest recruiting group on LinkedIn: The Recruiter Network. They welcome job seekers who want to network with recruiters. Once you have joined, you need to adjust your settings. Click “More” and “Your Settings” as shown in the screenshot



You can see in the next screenshot that you can make several choices about settings. We’re going to take you from “findable” to “findable and contactable” here. 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. It will also allow group members to send you invitations to connect on LinkedIn.



That’s it, my laziest lowest effort approach.

A More Proactive Next Step

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

Think about your top 10 keywords, the ones you especially want to be recognized for in your Skills & Expertise section. LinkedIn offers a nifty bit of functionality that integrates Groups and Skills & Expertise. Go to the Skills homepage here, type in your top keyword, and click “Search.”

Well, the Skills homepage is another LinkedIn “no longer supported” casualty as of 10/21/13. Instead, type your keyword into the LinkedIn search box at the top of the LinkedIn page and select “Groups” from the drop down menu to the left of the search box. That will generate  list of groups related to your keyword.

I typed in “PMO” for Project Management Office. You can see the results in the screenshot below. To be most findable, go for the biggest groups. 



Bird Dogging It

Remember my infographic, HOW TO: Find Recruiters on LinkedIn? Well, if you have found targeted recruiters on LinkedIn, 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 just makes sense to make yourself as findable as possible. This is low hanging fruit, ripe for the picking.

BTW, don’t hesitate to connect with me on LinkedIn here. My email address is I’m really enjoying hearing from y’all and seeing your professional backgrounds. It absolutely helps me write more relevant blog posts.

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Comments 11

  1. Pat Carmody

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

  2. James Davis

    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. Claudia Howard

    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. Nabil Kawwa

    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. Larissa Panachenko

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

    Thank you Larissa! Donna

  6. Michael Zroback

    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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