LinkedIn is the perfect platform to connect with other people, broaden your network and build business relationships. It’s the largest professional network with over 562 million users. The number of people who use it to showcase their skills and work experience in an attempt to find a great career is growing by the day. More importantly, recruiters are also increasingly using LinkedIn to find new talent.
As you probably already know, LinkedIn has a feature called “Who’s viewed your profile.” As the name itself suggests, the feature allows you to see who has visited your profile. This information can be extremely useful if one of the people who landed on your profile happens to be a recruiter. So, how can you leverage this information?
Read on and you’ll learn the 4 things you should do after a recruiter has visited your profile:
Visit Their Profile
Visiting the recruiter\’s profile is the first thing you should do before taking any other action. Once you’re on the recruiter’s profile, you can see if you have any mutual contacts or interests. Perhaps you even went to the same school or worked for the same employer. This kind of information can serve as a great conversation starter if you decide to message them.
You can also research the company the recruiter works for and visit their LinkedIn page. See if they have a Careers page and review their open positions. If you find a position you’re interested in, you already know the name of the person you could reach out to. Knowledge like that is a great addition if you are already following the company on local job boards and international job websites, and can greatly increase your chances of landing that career you want.
Connect With Them
If a recruiter hasn’t contacted you after visiting your profile, it could mean you weren’t a good fit for the position they are hiring for. Despite this, you could still invite them to connect with you to expand your professional network. This would especially be a good idea if the recruiter works for a company you are interested in working for. Who knows, later on, the recruiter might even reach out to you when hiring for a different position.
You could connect with the recruiter even if you’re currently not looking for a job. After all, this is exactly why LinkedIn was built for. Just make sure you craft your message thoughtfully. This brings us to the next point.
Personalize Your Message
When you’re connecting with recruiters, you should avoid sending the default connection message, at all cost. Invest ample time in creating a personalized message.
Make sure you include the reason you are reaching out. If you’ve researched the recruiter’s profile, you could also mention connections or interest that the two of you share. Try to draw the recruiter’s attention and encourage them to engage with you.
It’s best to wait a day or two before contacting them. This way, you’ll avoid seeming as if you contact every single person who views your profile
Review Your Profile
If you see that recruiters constantly visit your profile but never contact you, it\’s likely that they don’t find what they were looking for. You could have the right skills for the job but if your profile isn’t up to date, there’s no way a recruiter could know that.
So, when was the last time you updated the information on your profile? Have you gained new skills which you could showcase? Have you completed any courses you could add? Updating your LinkedIn profile is as important as updating and revamping your resume, so be sure to add new skills and qualifications whenever you can.
Spend some time reviewing your profile and see which areas need to be updated and which could be improved. Above all, make sure you have a professional photo.
Whether you’re looking for a new job or not, the fact that a recruiter viewed your profile could benefit you in various ways. At the very least, sending them an invitation to connect could result in a new business connection. However, if you follow the above advice, connecting with a recruiter who’s viewed your profile might just be the first step in landing you a job of your dreams!
Evie Cooper is a team leader and a content creator, currently working at Postcode-Checker, an online knowledge library. Working on a variety of projects has taught Evie a lot about the importance of pursuing the right career, and becoming an expert in what one does – the things she often discusses with other experts online. Feel free to reach out to her on @CooperEviee.