07 February 2013

How to contact a recruiter without being connected on LinkedIn

Reblog from GetJobTips

OpenLink symbol
Have you seen a colorful circle symbol after a person’s name on LinkedIn and wondered what it meant? Many recruiters with a premium LinkedIn account feature such a logo on their profile because they want top candidates to contact them if they are interested in their open positions.

What does it mean and how can it benefit you?
The OpenLink circle symbol announces that you can send the recruiter (or anyone else with the symbol) a free InMail message even if you aren’t connected to them. (Otherwise, with the free, basic LinkedIn account, you have to buy the ability to send an InMail message to a non-connection, or upgrade to a Job Seeker or Job Seeker Plus account to send such messages -- see the paid options in this graphic)

Normally to reach non-connections through InMail requires you to purchase messages or upgrade.

To send a free OpenLink Message
  • Locate a person with the OpenLink symbol.
  • Click the Send InMail link on the OpenLink member's profile (or from search results).
  • Complete the OpenLink message template and then send.
Reach out to OpenLink recruiters for free to convey why you are a top candidate.

Considerations / Limitations
  • You must have Introductions available to send an OpenLink message. However, sending an OpenLink message will not reduce the number of Introductions you have. People with a free account can send up to 5 Get Introduced messages per month. Check your Settings to see how many you have available (Your Settings can be found by clicking the triangle next to your name in the upper right corner of your home page).
  • If you have a Basic (free) account, you can purchase up to 10 InMail credits (if you are trying to reach a non-connection who does not display the OpenLink symbol). If you don’t get a reply to a particular message in 7 days, you can send another InMail — to another user — at no charge. After you’ve reached the maximum of 10, you will need to upgrade your account to send additional InMail to non-connections.
  • If you have a premium account and want more credits than the number you've been allotted, you can continually purchase up to 10 more at a time.
  • You don't need to use a paid InMail message to send messages to your 1st degree connections. To contact them, simply click Send [Name] a Message in the upper right corner of his/her profile.

Options to avoid paying or upgrading to send InMails
  • Invite people to connect and include in your message the reasons for your invitation. While sending invitations is free, you may need to know his or her email address (Learn how to find email addresses)
  • Seek out and invite people with “Open Networker,” “LION” (LinkedIn Open Networker) or big numbers after their name, such as “13,000+.” Such wording indicates that the person is willing to accept all invitations. Many recruiters are open networkers. Even though people state that they are willing to accept invitations, customize your invitation message to let them know why you want to connect. (Learn how to invite strangers to connect ) (Finding recruiters)
  • Send a “Get Introduced” message to the person through your network instead of an InMail message. People with a free account can send up to five Get Introduced messages per month. (Learn how)
  • Join LinkedIn groups where your target people are likely members. I’ll talk next time about how to find groups with the people you want to reach.
Reach out to OpenLink recruiters or purchase/upgrade to send InMail messages to non-connections! Doing so can help you …Get a Job!
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