3 Ways You Can Connect with a Recruiter Like Me Using Social Media

by Andy Buffington on August 7, 2012

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As a recruiter, connecting with job seekers on the Internet is a no-brainer. The broader my reach the more potential candidates I have access to. Beyond that, it gives me a greater window of opportunity, not just for recruiting, but for gaining knowledge and understanding of my industry.

On the flipside, why should you, whether you’re looking for a new job or not, connect with a recruiter like me through social media? First and foremost, when you are looking for a new job, you will have an easy real-time connection, speeding up the process immensely. Additionally, recruiters like to send out links to higher-priority openings once or twice a day. So, even if you aren’t actively looking, you’ll have ongoing access to the hottest opportunities.  You just might happen across a job posting that sounds too sweet not to look into.

Another benefit is knowledge.  I love sharing infographics, news, and blog articles dealing with the IT world.  I’ve gained a great deal of information that is relevant to any developer or administrator out there.  In turn, I spread that knowledge out over Twitter and Pinterest for others to learn and share.

So how can you get connected?

  1. LinkedIn rules: Out of all the social media outlets, LinkedIn is by far the best for professionals. I accept almost all connection requests. If you want to kick off a dialogue, LinkedIn should be the first place you go. Not only that, but a profile on LinkedIn is the best outlet to host your online resume.
  2. Can’t beat the tweets: I spout a lot of current news and articles on Twitter, and I am also actively involved in Twitter chats. I’ve probably learned the most from the people I follow on Twitter, and I’ve made a lot connections as well.
  3. Look at my pretty pictures: I’m a big fan of visual learning, and I haven’t found a better way to learn with pictures than on Pinterest. I share infographics daily, educating myself on everything from employment trends to Star Wars facts.

Bonus: Another great way to stay connected with Modis is through our mobile app “Tech Connect.” You can tap into a library of whitepapers on various industry issues, watch videos on new trends in the IT industry, and follow the latest updates of the Modis Twitter feed. It’s a sweet little app and it’s available for iOS and Android devices.

Andy Buffington is a Resource Development Manager for the Modis Harrisburg office in Mechanicsburg, PA. You can hook up with Andy on Google+ and Twitter.

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mattia campagnano August 7, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Hi, Andy.
What you say is very true and I myself have several recruiters within my LinkedIn connections.

I’m exploring opportunities in IT in Akron/Cleveland area (OH), have a Green Card and LinkedIn is effectively helping me out find contacts and make my search easier.

I’d be honored to have you, too, in my network.

Mattia Campagnano

Steven August 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm

While I agree with the benefits, you do not really list any of the drawbacks. I have met some great recruiters out there, but they tend to be the minority. I am getting to the point on my LinkedIn profile that I am getting more recruiters adding me then actual professional connections. So I decided to list some of the drawbacks of adding recruiters:

1. Eventually you start getting too many recruiters, often several from the same recruiting company, and this tends to lead to spam. There are some recruiters that will just post their top job positions, but there are many that post the same job over and over again (even on the same day). There are also many recruiters that will send the same message to every contact they have instead of it being targeted to the people best suited for that position (I often have gotten the same job description that several of my friends have that I had limited qualifications for it).

2. Too much spam of job postings kind of defeats the purpose of having recruiters as contacts. I don’t have the time to filter through all of those positions that are being displayed on my LinkedIn home page. Often I just see 10-30 “updates” about recruiters adding contacts. The tech stories and blogs like this I love to see and read, but it is more difficult to find the gems of content like this in the sea of recruiters adding contacts and spamming job positions (I have removed some recruiters that did this excessively, and now I am much more reluctant to add new recruiters without some kind of prior experience with them, which has helped).

3. I have had recruiters in the past add my contacts, and spam them as well, and also even had one recruiter that asked my contacts for references without asking my permission first. Perhaps this is a grey area, but I feel it is unprofessional.

4. Some recruiters are downright shady. I have had some that added me that then contacted the place where I worked asking if they needed job positions filled – this alone isn’t that bad, but then they use my name to say they have worked with me in the past – not realizing that the person that answers the phones I talk to almost daily with.

While I have met some outstanding recruiters, unfortunately it is not always a good thing to add any recruiter! And even just adding too many recruiters can be a bad thing.

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