If you are active on LinkedIn, you are probably aware of the “Who viewed my profile” feature.
Even though the feature has been part of LinkedIn for a very long time, many users are still at a loss when someone views their profile, especially if it was a recruiter.
Is it acceptable to message that person or connect with them? What exactly should you do when someone views your profile? Is there a way to capitalize on those who look at your profile?
If you spot a hiring manager among the people who viewed your profile, that could become a valuable connection to expand your professional circle and possibly land a new job.
Here are 6 things you should do when a recruiter visits your LinkedIn profile.
1. Should you get in touch with someone who viewed your profile at all?
Sure. But reaching out to people who viewed your profile and with whom you have a connection is always more natural than doing that with a random person.
For example, if someone who looked at your profile graduated from the same school in a similar major, that’s enough grounds for making the connection. You also may have lived in a similar area or have many contacts in common. Perhaps you are active in the same professional organization?
When reaching out, you don’t need to mention that they viewed your profile. Instead, concentrate on what you share and tell them why you would like to connect. That advice goes for everyone, not only recruiters.
2. What to do when you’re not sure why the recruiter viewed your profile
Sometimes people search for professionals and accidentally land on your profile. For all you know, they might have been looking for someone else with the same name. If you have no professional or personal connection with the person, you might ignore them.
But if you spot that the recruiter works for a company you are targeting, or you find some other connecting points, consider messaging them. After all, the worst that can happen is that they ignore you. You have little to lose, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t spend some time on crafting your message.
When reaching out, explain why you would like to connect and why it would be helpful to them.
3. When should you reach out?
You don’t want to come off as a stalker, so reach out to recruiters who viewed your profile after a while. Wait a day or two before sending them a message. You don’t want to seem as if you are desperately contacting everyone who ever viewed your profile.
But there are a few things you should do before you get in touch with the recruiter.
4. Check out their profile
It’s a good idea to get a closer look at the recruiter who viewed your profile. You might find some helpful resources or potential job opportunities listed there.
By reading their profile, you will also be able to find the points of connection that will allow you send a personalized message. Look for their previous employers, schools from which they graduated, professional associations, and the number of contacts you share. You can even consider hobbies or additional interests they express in their profiles.
Anything that will provide a point of connection between you two will be of value in your next step.
5. Here’s what you should write if you are not connected to the recruiter
Instead of using LinkedIn’s default connection message, modify it lightly to make it more personal and encourage the recruiter to engage with your profile. It doesn’t need to be lengthy, but make sure it draws on connections, interests, or experiences you share. Here is an example message you can write:
Thank you for looking at my LinkedIn profile. I would like to connect because I’m always open to hearing about great opportunities and will be willing to help you with any of your searches if I can.
6. Are you already connected to the recruiter who viewed your profile?
Sometimes a recruiter who is already your connection might view your profile. It’s always worth to react, but how you react depends on your current employment status.
For example, if you are currently employed, you can send a message like this:
I noticed that you viewed my LinkedIn profile yesterday – thank you. While I’m happy in my job, I’m always open to hearing about a great opportunity. If I can help you with any of your searches, please reach out.
What to do if you’re not employed at the moment, or you’re in a consulting mode? You can send a similar message without the bit “While I’m happy in my job.”
7. Offer value
It doesn’t matter if you are already connected to the recruiter or not, and whether you are currently employed or not – you should always show that you’re willing to become a source of referrals to them.
Recruiters appreciate good sources and will be able to connect you to opportunities you would never get on your own. Hiring managers are always willing to connect with people who understand what they are working on and refer good fits to them.
A good referral comes at the price of gold, so if you know people in the industry, offer yourself as a source.
8. When should you contact the recruiter directly?
If the hiring manager who viewed your profile belongs to a company in which you are interested, you can try following the lead by calling or emailing the recruiter.
If you get in front of them right now, you may find out what they saw in your profile and whether it meets their need or there is something lacking.
That way, you will gain valuable information about professional qualifications required for the position you are targeting– that’s a great, additional source of info to supplement what you can already learn from job boards and career websites.
A call or email will also offer you the chance of quickly addressing the recruiter’s concerns before they forget about you and move on. Who knows, maybe one email can land you a job.
LinkedIn is the most significant professional network on the web, and it’s a great idea to use all of its potential for networking. While recruiters routinely look at LinkedIn profiles, sometimes it’s worth to follow on that lead.
Use the tips above to follow up with the hiring manager who viewed your profile to expand your professional circle and find new opportunities.