The Five Types of Recruiters on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a great tool for recruiters, employers and candidates. It allows for people to make strong personal and professional connections, and it’s an effective resource for showing your unique skills. For recruiters, it can be an excellent way to connect with potential candidates. That being said, you’ll also find a number of unique personalities on the site. Here are the five types of recruiters you’ll find on LinkedIn.

1. The Thought Leader

Instagram has influencers, LinkedIn has thought leaders. They started out giving some tips and advice, and, hey, it was pretty helpful. Then someone told them they were special, and they ran with it. Now, they’re a full blown thought-ie. When they post their can’t-miss recruiting wisdom, they expect you to drop everything. Their insight is impeccable, their knowledge knows no bounds. Their neck is… honestly tired from carrying such a big head. Their ego, once manageable, now requires daily feeding of likes and reactions. Without it, they might just starve.

2. The Networker

For these recruiters, it’s all about making those connections. If this were a convention, they would’ve already shaken every hand in the room—twice. To them, recruiting is a numbers game, and, oh boy, do they have the numbers. Who needs to focus on quality when you have quantity?  I’m sure the quality candidate will be somewhere in there, right?

3. The Spammer

They’re the pop-up ad that got around the pop-up blockers. The gnats in your kitchen that you thought you took care of. The cousin who just got back from a self-actualization journey to Florida and makes sure you see every single picture. The Spammer doesn’t take no for an answer and actively views your silence as an opportunity for more messages. 

“Hi there! I’d love to connect and tell you about a great opportunity in your industry. Send me a message to learn more. Thanks!”

“Hi there! Just wanted to confirm you got my last message. I’d love to connect and tell you about a great opportunity in your industry. Send me a message to learn more. Thanks!”

“Hi there! Just wanted to confirm you got my previous messages. I’d love to connect and tell you about a great opportunity in your industry. Send me a message to learn more. Thanks!”

“Please answer me.”

4. The Self-Loather

All he needs is his rolodex and the phone. He knows a person’s true character by looking in their eyes and feeling the strength of their handshake. He hates that he’s on LinkedIn, but people said he needs it. It’s supposedly a great tool. He’s not so sure. Recruiting just isn’t what it used to be. This darn social media is just getting in the way. Although that connect button is kind of cool…

5. The One Who Gets It Right

They’re LinkedIn all-stars. The perfect combination of Thought Leader, Networker, Spammer and Self-loather. They know when and how to share tips and provide insight. They strive for meaningful connections and reach out a respectful amount of times. They’re about quality, not quantity. They recognize that LinkedIn is a great tool, but sometimes the old practices are still best. They’re exactly what recruiters on LinkedIn need to be. 


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Ryan Berger

Ryan Berger is a digital content producer who uses his fun and creative energy to produce fresh, unique and custom content for our clients.

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