Have you found recruiters you want to contact, but you can’t find company email addresses for them?
An AvidCareerist reader finds himself in that situation:
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. However, their contact information isn’t always provided.
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.
3 Fast Ways to Find Email Addresses
To help Chung, I shared 3 fast ways to find companies’ email addresses:
- A Google technique
- A company website technique
First, I like the email finder service, Hunter.io. Thanks to Chris Morton for telling me about it (see comments below).
Hunter allows 50 free searches per month. After that, you pay $49 per month for 1,000 requests (not an affiliate).
The easiest way to use Hunter is to install the Chrome extension.
Then, watch this 1-minute video on how to use it:
If you don’t want to install the extension, you can also go to Hunter.io directly and search company domain names for email addresses as shown in the video above.
Also, note that Hunter gives you the company’s most common email syntax. If your recruiter isn’t explicitly listed, you can:
- Infer the person’s email address from the syntax.
- Click “Verifier” on the top horizontal rail.
- Insert your inferred address and click to see if it’s deliverable.
- If not, check other listed syntaxes.
All in all, this is a fabulous semi-automation of a tedious process.
Additional Email Finder Resources
Beyond Hunter.io, other resources mentioned in the comments below include:
You might also try RocketReach.co, a sophisticated tool for finding company email addresses that starts free and then goes to $60 for 125 searches.
Now, for the tedious approach — Google. If I know where the person works, I find their company’s primary URL and then use Google to determine the company’s email address syntax.
My search looks like this:
*@deloitte.com AND email
I scan my results until I see an email address I can use to decipher the company’s syntax.
The Deloitte search got me what I needed on page one of my Google results.
The method is effective about 90% of the time.
However, I would only use it if I was out of free searches on Hunter and didn’t want to spend $49.
The Company’s Website Newsroom
Finally, I visit the “Newsroom” page of the company’s website.
They often list their PR people’s email addresses in a “Contacts” section — or at the end of their press releases. Again, once you have someone’s email address, you can use it to peel the company’s syntax.
That approach works about half the time.
When You Can’t Find Company Email Addresses
Sometimes, every approach to find a company’s email address fails. When that happens, get a Premium account on LinkedIn. It’s free for 30 days.
Then, send the recruiter a LinkedIn message or InMail. Recruiters tend to read their inbound LinkedIn correspondence.
As a last resort, 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 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 a referral from a professor or a fellow alum.
I advised him to ask his professors if they have contacts at Deloitte — that’s how I got my job there.
Chung can also use LinkedIn to find fellow alums with this search:
- Current Companies: Deloitte
- Schools: [the name of his school]
Many companies give referred candidates priority attention.
What Worked for You?
While that’s how I advised Chung, I’m also curious to hear how you all find company email addresses and how you connect with recruiters.
Please comment — you can see it makes for a better post!
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