How to Message a Recruiter on LinkedIn (Sample Messages)

March 11, 2021
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How to Message a Recruiter on LinkedIn Sample Messages

How to Message a Recruiter on LinkedIn (Sample Messages)

Every day recruiters receive innumerable message requests on LinkedIn from desperate job seekers. Out of these innumerable requests, some are accepted and some are ignored.

Here’s how you can reach out to a recruiter on LinkedIn and catch their interest (LinkedIn Recruiters wrote this).

Questions that are answered here

·         How to write a LinkedIn message to a recruiter

·         Sample LinkedIn message to a recruiter (LinkedIn note)

·         Are LinkedIn messages private?

·         How to Respond to a Recruiter on LinkedIn?

Search For A Job On LinkedIn, Contact The Recruiter, Land The Job. It’s That Simple, Right? Not At All!

Here’s How You Can Reach out to a Recruiter on LinkedIn in the Right Way, Hopefully Leading to a Job (With Sample Messages)

You have run through LinkedIn search for the most awaited job offer, finally getting the opportunity you waited for so long.

You decided to reach out for the recruiter because you find him responsible for interview or filling the role.

Is it ok to message a recruiter on LinkedIn?...

What will you say?...

How will you let them know that you are interested?...

How to Reach Out and Message a Recruiter on LinkedIn (Step By Step Directions)

1. Attach A Short Message With A Connection Request

·      When you start reaching out to recruiters on LinkedIn, including a personalized message will get you a much higher acceptance rate.

·      The message can be very simple like just give your introduction.

2.  When your acceptance request is accepted by the recruiter, send him a Follow-Up message

·    Say Thank you for accepting your request.

·    Tell them that you are interested in the role they are offering and how you can add value to the company they are hiring for.

Ø  Your message should be short and serve a single purpose only.

·         Note: Do attach your resume.

·         Note: Even if there is no open job available you can still send LinkedIn messages to hiring managers and recruiters.

·         They will often ask you to apply for the job online. Complete the application before discussing the role and stay one step ahead.

3.  Sticking with it you can establish a relationship

·    It  has been seen often that reaching out to recruiters on LinkedIn won’t give results immediately but still stick to it and keep in touch (don’t overdo).

·    Recruiters will reach out to You for the jobs if you can build a great relationship.

How To Send A Message To Connections From The Messaging Page? (Source LinkedIn)

Sending a message to connections from the message page or from through conversation window:

1.  There is a Messaging icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage or on the top of the messaging icon, click the icon.

2.  Click on the Composition icon on the left.

3.  Type the name(s) of users you want to send a message to in the Type a name field.

4.  Write your message in the Write a message box. The message can be customized by using the options at the bottom of this box.

5.  Now click Send to send the message.

What Not To Do When Messaging Recruiters

1.  Try not to be generic. Mix and match so that you can catch your recruiter’s attention.

2.  Do not talk about yourself in length.

3.  Do not send short messages saying “Hi” or “Hello”.

4.  Send customized messages. Do not copy and paste (automated) messages.

5.  Don’t forget to do proofreading before sending a message.

6.  Recruiter’s don’t work for you. So don’t be rude or demanding.

7.  Don’t take it personally if someone rejects your connection request or replies to your message after weeks. There are recruiters who receive hundreds of messages every week. So it is difficult for them to keep up.

Additional LinkedIn Tips

1.  Step one is to create a profile. Now you will have access to millions of job offerings.

2.  Recruiters reject connection requests of candidates without a LinkedIn profile photo. So it is mandatory.

3.  Ensure that you have read the recruiter profile before connecting. Often they will work requests based on type, location and client. If you feel the relationship is not profitable to both of you, be polite and ask them to give you the right directions.

4.  Many recruiters mention their email address in their LinkedIn profile. Check this before sending a LinkedIn message because an email won’t limit your character count.

Sample LinkedIn Messages To Recruiters

·         Sample1: Hello (Recruiter). I am (Name) and I work as a (Current job position). Can you please spare a minute? T would like to discuss how my (Specific Skill) matches the job you are offering. Thank you for connecting and have a good day!

·         Sample2: Hi (Recruiter). Though we have never met or worked with each other, I have heard great things about (Name of the company they are working for). I know you are extremely busy but if they are any job openings for (Specify the role). I would love it if we talk about why I am a good choice. Thank you and have a pleasant day.

·         Sample3: Hi (Recruiter). My name is (Name) and I’m a (Your job title). Looking to connect and share my experiences with others in the market. Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you.

·         Follow Up Message: Hi (Recruiter). Thank you for connecting. I saw you work with (Type of work). I have been working for it since (Timeframe). I understand that you are busy if you have time, I would love to discuss how my: experience can be an asset for your company.

Note: these are simple guides. Make your message unique and your own according to your needs.

Are LinkedIn Messages Private?

Messages sent to and from LinkedIn members are private. Only sender and receiver can view these.

How To Respond To A Recruiter On LinkedIn

When you are in the job offering:

 Hi (Name), Thank you for reaching out for the job offering I applied to. I am definitely interested in knowing more about the (Title) role with (Company). Would you be available for a call to answer a few questions? I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you, (Your name).

When you are NOT interested in the job offering

 Hi (name), Thank you for your reply. The position seems interesting and the company has an impressive background, I’m really happy where I am right now. With that said, if I plan to switch my job in future, I will surely reach out to you.  


Right now is the perfect time to connect and build relationships on LinkedIn as it is growing leaps and bounds.

Connecting with recruiters on LinkedIn might look scary to you but if you are clear, keep things to the point and sound original, most recruiters will gladly connect with you.

Good Luck!