Have you found recruiters you want to contact, but you can’t find company email addresses for them?
A 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 wonder 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:
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).
It gives you a 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.
I also like Finder.io.
For starters, it’s free.
In my testing, it found some email addresses Hunter missed.
On the downside, you have to give them an email address to use the tool.
Finder has a Chrome extension. I’m also not comfortable with its privacy practices.
Email Address Verification Tools
Know that Hunter’s and Finder’s verification tools aren’t perfect.
They both failed to verify some addresses I know work.
Thus, you might try using an address that seems reasonable even if it doesn’t verify.
Chung asked me about company email addresses.
However, since he reached out and I originally wrote this post, LinkedIn contact information has improved.
So, always check to see if you can find a person’s email address in the Contact Info or About sections of their profiles.
If all your efforts to find a recruiter’s email address fail, 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.
Don’t Email, Call
As a last resort, pick up your 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?
Also, in Chung’s case, connecting directly with Deloitte might not be his best bet.
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. For example, last week, one of my clients gave her resume to an internal contact at a target company on Wednesday and had an interview on Friday.
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!
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