5 Ways to Find Passive Candidates Using LinkedIn

Published: 03rd August 2010
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LinkedIn has become a favorite tool of recruiters and sourcers. With over 50 million users, professionals of all types post their profiles on LinkedIn because they want to be found. Here are a few of my favorite tips for finding passive candidates on LinkedIn.

1. Use the Advanced Search feature. When I have a new search and I want to get a quick overview of people in my network with the ideal candidate profile, I use the advanced search feature. Keywords, title (current or past), industry and company are my favorite tools to find people from a particular industry and/or with a specific skill set.

2. Grow your network. Currently, I have 2,900 people in my direct network and I can search 17 million people three degrees away. That is a huge number of potential contacts. As I recruit and talk to new candidates, I follow up with an invitation to connect. If you add contacts consistently, over time this will add up to a strong network , especially in the industries you commonly recruit in.

3. Search the LinkedIn public network. If your network is very large, you can use a search engine like Google or Yahoo to search the entire LinkedIn network. Type in the following search string with your key words. You will come up with a list of contacts that may not currently be within three degrees. site:www.linkedin.com intitle:linkedin -intitle:answers -intitle:updated -intitle:blog -intitle:directory -inurl:megite.com (plus your specific keywords) " revenue cycle" healthcare director.

4. Join groups and post your jobs. You can join up to 50 groups on LinkedIn. There are thousands of niche industry groups to choose from. Take advantage of connecting with these people directly. For example, because I commonly recruit in the Healthcare IT industry, there are three or four groups I currently belong to. In addition to being able to contact everyone in those group directly (even if you aren't directly connected to them), you can also post a job for free in the Jobs area and have it seen by everyone in your group.

5. Update your status. You should aim to update your status including the types of candidates you are looking for once a week. Your status update will be shared with your network. If you commonly recruit in the same industry and have built a strong network of professionals in that industry, you are not only staying 'top of mind' when your name appears in the update feed, you may also prompt a warm referral.

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Ginni Garner has more methods of recruitment on her web site at http://www.SRExecutiveSearch.com

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