How I got 4 final offers using LinkedIn

About half a year ago I moved to the Netherlands and naturally lost my social network and connections. However, I ended up with 4 job offers — this is how I did it.

In mid-2020 when COVID was at its pick, my partner and I have decided to move to Amsterdam, Netherlands. As part of this journey, I looked for a new job, continue to challenge myself, and develop my career. Linkedin was one of the tools I used to access the local industry and I would like to share some tips from my personal experience.

The guiding idea in those tips is:
recruiters want to recruit!

They are measured on it, it’s important to them and that’s their job. If you are suitable for the job (do not have to fit to every single requirement), you do not bother them in any way, just need to approach it correctly.

First, edit your LinkedIn

Make sure it is relevant to the job you are looking for.

1. LinkedIn rates profiles by "how full they are" so make sure your profile is full and content is relevant (LinkedIn will give you a score on this)

2. LinkedIn search engine is looking for matches, use vacancies existing keywords and insert them into your profile, it is easy and impact your profile greatly.

  • There are cloud word services that can easily do that for you, just copy job descriptions and see what they truly look for.
  • Do it using descriptions from leading companies you aspire to reach (In many cases smaller companies will be coping their description anyway)

3. Be active, it's not a problem to like or share posts that interest you and it gives the feeling that there is a real person behind your profile.

Expand the circle of your connections.

  1. Recruiters are your friends - add them as friends in any company you think might interest you. It will serve multiple purposes:
  • You will see new job postings before everyone else
  • It creates a "friendship" and "accessibility" paving the way for you to contact them — you can actually send messages to ‘friends’ on LinkedIn.
  • When they search for relevant people among their friends you will rise.

2. How to find a relevant recruiter?

  • For almost every job, LinkedIn shows who the recruiter - you want to be his/her friends.
  • Go to the LinkedIn pages of the companies that interest you > List of people who work in that company > Friend recruiters and/or team leaders who recruit for jobs that may be relevant to you.
  • A quick search of the company name + the word recruiter/product team lead.

3. Head-hunters and placement companies - here it really is already the people whose whole occupation is a recruitment and therefore it is important to follow both the companies themselves and the recruiters relevant to product positions in any such company

Initiate! - It's okay to contact people personally on Linkedin - this is what it's for! No need to be too shy.

  • You can not contact someone who is not your friend without premium, so make friends!
  • LinkedIn offers a ready-made template for recruiters, and if you do not have a premium, you can find such templates to make it easier online.
  • Be clear, direct, and concise. Recruiters as we all have an awfully short attention span (you are not the only one addressing them), you need to buy all the relevant information in a row and let your profile/connections speak for themselves.
  • Be specific - the name of the recruiter, company, and position must appear in the body of the message. As well as why it is interesting for you to work there, which does not exceed the length of one sentence.
  • Call to action - make sure the recruiter has something to do with your message, offer to send them a report, or have a phone call - it's much easier to say yes when there's an offer on the table.

Some Extra Tips

  • A lot of people will ask you for a resume, after this contacting them. Make sure your CV is ready to be shipped, you do not want to lose momentum.
  • Patience - Let time do take its course, not all recruiters are constantly on LinkedIn. It can take them time to answer, don’t panic it takes time.
  • Recruiters don’t work for you, be polite and positive — it will take you a long wat.

Hope these tips help you to land some of your first interviews. If there are any questions I would be happy to answer either here or on my LinkedIn.

Good luck to everyone!