LinkedIn Recruiter is one of the most powerful tools to find potential candidates. When used at its full potential, it can help you create an effective talent acquisition process.
Here is how to use it to find potential candidates :
LinkedIn Recruiter usability is based on projects to track and manage candidates. Dedicate each project to one job opening for a better organization.
You can track active and archived candidates, the ones you have yet to engage with, already contacted and replied.
When you get a new job opening you want to source on LinkedIn, start by creating a project pipeline following these steps :
Good job on creating your project pipeline!
Now, it’s time to dig into some serious business to source candidates: LinkedIn Recruiter advanced search filters.
These advanced search filters are a set of powerful tools that allow recruiters to narrow down their search results for potential candidates based on specific criteria such as job title, location, experience, and more.
LinkedIn Recruiter Lite offers more than 25 advanced filters and about 30 on LinkedIn Recruiter Professional Services (RPS) and Corporate to help you find potential candidates.
These filters are divided into categories as followed:
Here are the most commonly used filters:
Unique interesting filters:
Pssst! Here’s the complete LinkedIn Recruiter documentation on advanced filters.
Here are some tips to effectively use advanced searches in LinkedIn Recruiter:
Note that you can only view profiles from your 3rd degree connections with Recruiter Lite. A LinkedIn Recruiter Pro license allows you to unlock 30 profiles outside your network per month.
Also, you can view up to 2000 profiles per day on Recruiter Lite but it is unlimited for RPS and Corporate licenses.
Once you have found interesting candidates profiles, it’s time to add them to your project pipeline:
Or you can also do it in bulk:
LinkedIn Recruiter is a powerful tool for sourcing talents. But it's not enough to just find the right people. Once you've added potential candidates to your pipeline, you need to engage a conversation with them.
That’s where InMails and connection requests come in.
InMail is LinkedIn's messaging system that allows you to send messages to LinkedIn members who are not already in your network.
As a LinkedIn Recruiter user, you have a limited number of InMails you can send each month, so it's important to make them count. You get 30 InMail credits per month with LinkedIn Recruiter Lite, 100 per month with a Professional Services license and 150 with a Corporate Licence.
You can get back your InMail credits if the candidates answer you. So you better focus on your response rate, even if you get a rejection.
But you better save your credits as much as you can. That’s why you have a first option before spending them all.
Before spending your precious InMail credits, ask to join the candidates LinkedIn’s network.
You can add a personalized note in your connection request to specify the reason for your outreach. They have a better response rate than Inmails.
If they accept you, it will be much easier and cheaper to engage with them afterwards.
Here is how to send a connexion request from LinkedIn Recruiter:
LinkedIn purposely makes it difficult to use free means to engage with people because they want you to spend your InMail credits.
You can counter-measure it with a recruiting CRM such as Leonar to automate your connection requests along with your InMails outreach.
It’s been a few days since you sent a connection request but you didn’t get accepted yet?
It’s time to use your InMail Credits.
Here’s how to send an InMail:
You can as well send InMails in bulk with RPS and Corporate licenses. You can send up to 25 candidates at once:
Once you have identified potential candidates and reached out to them, you need to track and manage them efficiently to ensure that you don't lose out on the opportunity to hire them.
LinkedIn Recruiter offers a variety of features to help you track and manage candidates. Here are some of the key steps you should take:
There are qualified candidates you are interested in but not open to new opportunities yet? In case you have a LinkedIn Recruiter Professional Services license, use alerts to detect open to work profiles by:
Next time a LinkedIn profile with the defined qualification becomes open to work, you will be notified by email.
Once you have saved a candidate, you can add notes to their profile to help you remember important details about them. For example, you can add notes about their experience, qualifications, or any other relevant information that will help you evaluate them.
Or you can also do it in bulk:
Though it is only available for LinkedIn Recruiter Pro, you can tag candidates based on their skills, experience, or other relevant criteria. This will make it easier to find candidates who meet specific requirements when you need to fill a particular role.
Or you can also do it in bulk:
As you evaluate candidates, you can move them through different stages of the pipeline. For example, you might move them from "saved" to "interviewed", to "offer made", and to "hired". This will help you keep track of where each candidate is in the hiring process.
Or you can do it in bulk with RPS and Corporate licenses:
If you are working with a team, you can collaborate on candidate profiles by sharing notes and tags. This will help ensure that everyone is on the same page and has access to the same information.
Note that team collaboration is a LinkedIn Recruiter Professional Services and Corporate exclusive feature.
Here’s what you can do:
Congrats, you’ve learned a lot in how to use LinkedIn Recruiter. But this tool, as powerful as it is, is still quite limited for today’s recruitment challenges.
If you only use LinkedIn Recruiter in your tools’ stack, here’s what you are missing out :
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