Two Easy Ways & One Dangerous Way to Find Email Addresses

Have you found recruiters you want to contact, but you can’t find their email addresses? An AvidCareerist reader finds himself in that situation:

Hi Donna,

I was researching how to get in touch with Deloitte recruiters and came across your article about how to find Big 4 recruiters on LinkedIn.

I have had success in locating them, but their contact information isn’t provided unless I have LinkedIn’s Premium service or their actual email.

I am a graduating senior. Deloitte doesn’t recruit from my campus, so I am wondering how to contact the recruiters I’ve identified. I studied Computer Science and am looking to get into consulting.



Three Two Easy Ways to Find an Email Address

1. Prophet

Sadly, Prophet and other Chrome extensions that scrape email addresses are now a bad way to find email addresses. If LinkedIn’s software notices you’re doing this, it will embargo your account. You will then have to jump through hoops, including sending LinkedIn a picture of your driver’s license or passport to get reinstated. Don’t risk it.

2. Google

If I know where the person works, I find their company’s primary URL and use Google to find the company’s email address syntax. My search looks like this:

* AND email

I scan my results until I see an email address that I can use to decipher the company’s standard syntax for email addresses. This search got me what I needed on page one of my results. It’s a little more work than Prophet, but it’s effective about 90% of the time.

3. The Company’s Website Newsroom

I visit the “Newsroom” page of the company’s website. They often list the email addresses of their internal public relations people in a “Contacts” section or at the end of their press releases. You can use that information to peel their email address syntax. This approach works about half the time.

Do This When You Can’t Find Email Addresses

First, get a Premium account on LinkedIn. It’s free for 30 days. See more on that here.

Second, send the recruiter a LinkedIn message or InMail. Recruiters tend to read their inbound LinkedIn correspondence.

Third, pick up the phone and call the recruiter. You will probably have to leave a voice mail. Share your elevator pitch, the URL of your LinkedIn profile, and your phone number. Rehearse this until you sound like someone you would want to call back.

Is a Recruiter’s Email Address Chung’s Best Bet?

In Chung’s case, trying to connect directly with Deloitte’s recruiters might not be as effective as getting referred in by a professor or a fellow alum.

I would advise him to ask his profs if they have contacts at Deloitte.

He can also use LinkedIn to find fellow alums with this search:

  1. People.
  2. Current Companies: Deloitte.
  3. Schools: [the name of his school].

Many companies give referred candidates priority recruiting attention. Chung might benefit from that.

What Worked for You?

I’m curious to hear how you all have managed to connect with recruiters. Please comment!

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Updated May 2017

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Comments 7

  1. Rehearse this until you sound like someone you would want to call back. – Love it!

    > Petra, Thank you! Donna

  2. Hi Donna,

    Thank you for the tips! I wanted to share with you another free tool for finding emails – Sherlock. Here is a link to the Chrome extension which uses LinkedIn to validate the email address.


    > Sam, Thank you for the tip! Donna

  3. I use a lot.

    I used to send several emails to the same person, each using a different address syntax. Comparing those that bounced back with a list of those sent, the one that didn’t bounce was the winner.

    That technique still works great, unless the company in question uses ..@..

  4. Chris,

    I just tried it with and also got a fail. Then I tried it with and it worked. It’s good to have more than method!


  5. Hi Chris, have you used tools like AeroLeads ? it simplify the whole prospecting processing and get rid of “guessing” work for business emails.

    Also what are your thoughts on linkedIn inmails, since for smaller direct connection, it can work well too.

  6. As a recruiter, Lusha is a resource I use often to identify talent. For job seekers however, I would definitely suggest sticking with Prophet, as that invariably surfaces work email addresses, and that’s typically what a job seeker most often is seeking. Going to a hiring manager’s personal contact information will probably make that person a bit uncomfortable.

    There’s also Email Hunter, which is a favorite of Irina Shamaeva, queen of Boolean and LinkedIn training for sourcers & recruiters.

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