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A viewer asked about the benefits the recruiter gets by connecting with someone on LinkedIn.  I think you’re asking the wrong question.

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm the head coach for JobSearchCoachingHQ.com and NoBSCoachingAdvice.com . It was a wonderful question that was asked. Let me tackle it directly.

"What benefits do recruiters get by connecting with me on LinkedIn?"

Understand, it is not just recruiters. EVERYONE gets this benefit. You get it with them. They get it with you.

The 1st obvious benefit is that any information that you made available on your page such as email address, phone number (if you don't put a phone number there, they don't get your phone number), they will get an email address that is associated with your account. You have it for them; they have it for you. You get this every time you connect with any person; it's not just "a recruiter thing." It's "A YOU THING," because you want to have access to their network because, frankly, their network is good be far bigger than yours a more valuable to you than yours is to them.

HOWEVER, each of you has the ability to block access to certain things. Here's the next thing. Unless you have it blocked, they can see all of your connections. You can block them by doing it in the privacy settings. However, if you forget to do that, or you don't want to do that, well, the fact of the matter is, they are going to see all of your 1st level connections.

In addition, their network expands, just like you are network expands by the connection. They can direct message people who are 1st and 2nd level connections that they don't know up until this point. Remember, LinkedIn doesn't allow you to send messages to 3rd level connections; just 1st and 2nd level connections.

So, the big thing is about expanding the network. That's true of you and that is true of them. Remember, their network is probably going to be far bigger than yours. I'll use myself as an example.

I was LinkedIn member 7653. For my work, I did not personally accept connections from other recruiters and even now I don't like to do it. But, from time to time, with people. Why no, I will. Now, a recruiter will try to connect with me and discover that I don't make my connections publicly available. You and so, I have 20,000+1st level connections. I also have great information that is available that people can see and read plus get full access to my background. They don't have to do Google searches to find out. It's all there. It's all convenient.

Let me let you in on a secret.

Recruiters can get a lot of this information without being connected to you.

How? It's simple. There are now Chrome extensions that allow recruiters to get access to your email address.. Sometimes they can get access to your phone number so they can message you directly without being connected to you. I know I have you some of these Chrome extensions for many years and they are really quite good. They are not perfect, but they are really quite good.

Thus, assuming that people aren't using Chrome extensions, their big benefit is being able to message your 1st and 2nd level connections. It's not like they're going out of their way to say, "hi! I'm connected to Jeff. Jeff exposes his contact so his messaging you." No, I was conducting a search of reached out to someone who is a connection and entice them. You're doing the same thing when you are networking, right customer. You are trying to use the recruiters connections in much the same way.

So, rather than thinking about it selfishly, no one is trying to cause you harm and no one is making hundreds of cold calls to all the people of your connections and trying to embarrass you. It doesn't work that way, right? You have gotten inMails from recruiters. It's obvious that is not how the approach it. What they try to do is approach you with an opportunity in trying to entice you into considering it. The phone number that they can get through the connection is the easiest way. They will pick up the phone and call.

Don't make this a big dramatic thing. This is what networking is all about.

You have information. They have information. It is collaboratively shared.. Both of you benefit from the relationship (hopefully) and you are going to probably benefit more than they are.


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 and life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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