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.
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