Set yourself up for success by understanding how recruiters locate job hunters


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How do recruiters trying to find you on LinkedIn? I'm Jeff Altman, The big game Hunter. And for all you're complaining about, "why are these people contacting me," remember, LinkedIn sells data to recruiters, among others. And they have a specific product called LinkedIn Recruiter, which costs quite a few thousand dollars that gives them more fields for searching than you get. That's whether you're an individual, whether you have a minimal paid account, they're spending over 10,000 dollars to get access to to all the information on LinkedIn.

So on their side, they've got title searches. There's a search box for that. And thus, when you're setting up your own profile, you notice, or you may remember, there's a drop down, or there's a way that they suggest titles. You want to use one of those titles rather than what your real title may be, which is kind of unique, you know,

I'm just going to make up an example--financial analyst level four. They wouldn't have a level four as part of their search. They are looking for the simpler one, the financial analyst or senior financial analyst. So a title field that's consistent with what LinkedIn offers up to you.

Location, by keywords, by skills, range of experience. So it could be zero experience, or zero to three, or 1-3. They have information about, you know, the ability to search by what school you went to, when you graduated, where you work now, or where you worked in the past.

So they may want to find someone who worked for the City of Los Angeles previously, rather than now. I'm just making that one up. The languages you speak. And this is one that, for you is an active job hunter, whether you've activated that open to work feature that LinkedIn has that allows recruiters to key in on you.

And again, once they search, they can do an and/or search or what's nicknamed a Boolean search. And what that allows them to do is the search for people who use the project manager or pm or senior PM, things along those lines, or project manager and a particular skill.

So let's say project manager and agile and lean. And thus limit the results that they get. Because remember this 750 million people on LinkedIn now, and they want to get it as narrow as possible so that they get the best shot at filling the position. So you have to match up with what they're looking for. And that's the best way to approach it. Understand what it is the people on the other side want to find and you set up your profile to deliver it easily.

I hope you find this helpful. I'm Jeff Altman. My website is; go there and go explore. There's just a lot there to help you in the blog. If you don't have time now or you don't want to do it now, what you also do is put the address in your phone,, my name, Jeff Altman, and when you need it, you come back to it because you have it saved. Connect with me on LinkedIn at, and most importantly, be great! Take care!


JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2100 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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