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.
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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Updated June 2017
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