How to Find Recruiters on LinkedIn — Infographic

After I finish my clients’ resumes and LinkedIn profiles, most of them want to know how to find recruiters.

2013 — The First Publication

Because of this, I developed an infographic on how to find recruiters on LinkedIn (see below).

The infographic gives you simple, step-by-step instructions on how to find both corporate and third-party recruiters — people who can be instrumental to the development of your career — on LinkedIn.

I’ve focused on LinkedIn because, with over 1.5 million recruiter members, it’s Recruiter Central for Planet Earth.

I have tested the process outlined in the infographic with several clients over the last week. With one exception, it has proven to be an effective way to find recruiters relevant to my clients’ careers.

The exception was a ubiquitous keyword that generated too many false positives.

2017 — Update Tips

Here are a few tips to match the infographic to LinkedIn’s current interface:

1. To get to Advanced Search, click the magnifying glass in the LinkedIn search box.

2. The fields used in the infographic are in the right-hand column of the Advanced Search page.

3. The Title field appears in a drop-down menu when you click on “Keywords.”

4. Use other right-hand column fields to limit your search results.

2018 — Update Tip

As of Q3 2018, LinkedIn has disabled the use of Boolean operators in its lower cost accounts. The process described below currently returns a search error from a standard LinkedIn account. It works perfectly out of a Sales Navigator, Recruiter Lite, or Recruiter account.

You can also use the process described below from Google by using this search string: OR -pub.dir AND (Candidate OR Diversity OR Employee Referral OR Employment OR Headhunter OR Recruiter OR Recruiting OR Recruitment OR Search OR Sourcer OR Sourcing OR Staffing OR Talent OR Passive)

Thanks to Irina Shamaeva for the LinkedIn language.

That said, LinkedIn will limit the number of public pages you can see for free. If you’re looking for a job, pay for Sales Navigator and use it. The $80 per month is nothing compared to being unemployed and earning $0.

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Also, feel free to share the infographic with friends, colleagues, and on your blogs.


 Search String

Candidate OR Diversity OR Employee Referral OR Employment OR Headhunter OR Recruiter OR Recruiting OR Recruitment OR Search OR Sourcer OR Sourcing OR Staffing OR Talent OR Passive

How to Connect with Recruiters You Don’t Know on LinkedIn

Finding recruiters is only half the game. Once you find them, you’ll want to reach out to them. See how do that here.

Let’s Connect on LinkedIn

Please don’t hesitate to invite me to connect on LinkedIn here. The more I know about my readers, the better I can make my blog.

Infographic updated April 2014.
Post updated September 2018.

© 2013 – 2022, Donna Svei. All rights reserved.

Comments 3

  1. Donna,

    As always you are a wealth of knowledge!

    Thank you for sharing,


    Thank you. :)


  2. Using – or, to be precise, attempting to use – recruiters is an absolute, total joke. I have a professional degree, numerous academic and professional achievements, top-flight references, and was unemployed for 17 months. I sent my CV to many, many legal, professional and executive recruiters, and the song was always the same: thank you for sending your CV/resume/contacting us/opening an account. One of our recruiters will review your CV/resume and, if we find a match/fit, will contact you. Zilch; not one interview nor even one prospect. I finally got a job by applying directly for a state government position.

    Check out the recent book, Job Wars, published last July. It reveals the ugly reality of “recruiters,” firms which apparently exist as walls between prospective employers and prospective employees, to protect the former from discrimination claims by the “wrong” types of applicants, to ensure the employer’s “culture” is protected from those who “don’t fit.”

    Hi Maria,

    This post addresses methods of finding both in-house and third party recruiters. In my experience, companies hire third party recruiters to find difficult-to-find employees, not to protect the company from discrimination (however, I suppose that’s possible), or because they don’t have in-house staff who can perform the recruitment at hand. A third party recruiter, or in-house recruiter, can only help you if they have a search that matches your qualifications.

    Kind regards,


  3. Donna, you are the vital missing link between career experts, career seekers and the modern day job hunt. Thank you.

    As an aside, not certain if you have a post on this already but I would love to see a post on maximizing the LinkedIn premium membership.

    Hi Peter,

    Thank you for your kind words.

    LinkedIn Premium memberships were the topic on last Friday’s Animal Chat. You can search the hashtag #AnimalChat on Twitter to review the conversation. I will think about a post.

    Kind regards,


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