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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

10 Tricks to Use LinkedIn as a Recruiting Tool (2)

5. Add your LinkedIn profile URL to your signature file – And anywhere else you have an online profile (Facebook, MySpace, etc)

6. After six weeks, re-invite the people that did not respond to your initial invitation - As any experienced recruiter will tell you, recruiting is a numbers game. If they have not replied/deleted/ignored your invitation to connect – send them another one!

7. Personalize the invitation - This is a must, in any email you send. If you can’t take the time to write a personal email (not cut and paste), why should anyone take the time to read it?

8. Do not use the “ask for an introduction” feature - It’s a waste of time! And it makes you lazy. If you have a name, city company name and title, you should not need any more information to pick up the telephone and ask for this person by name. Besides, if you still need an introduction to speak to someone, once you have all of their work information…then perhaps it’s time to reconsider professions.

9. Be nice - Recruiters tend to horde contacts. Do not do this. We’re all in this together, and karma is crazy. The most connected people on LinkedIn are recruiters. Power is no longer measured by the contacts or information that you horde for yourself. Rather, power is now measured by the number of people that come to you for help, and the people that you help, so be strong! Share your network.

10. Constantly ping your network - A relationship is like a muscle, the more you exercise it the stronger it becomes. Once you have grown your network, don’t just sit there, ping it. This will help keep your name at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

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