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When a recruiter contacts you on your LinkedIn profile, it can be a little daunting. You might not know how to respond or what to say. Especially if you are on the hunt for a new job. But with a few simple tips, you can make the most of the opportunity and stand out from the competition.

How to respond when a recruiter contacts you on LinkedIn about a role that interests you

When you get a message from a recruiter on LinkedIn, it’s important to respond in a way that shows that you’re interested in the opportunity. A message from a recruiter could lead to a dream job opportunity, and therefore you should read the job description carefully before responding.

At first, you might not like the sound of the role, but don’t let this discourage you from messaging back. Instead, get clarification on what the role will involve before agreeing to an interview.

If the offer sounds appealing, try to organize an interview as soon as possible. Offer an email address and phone number and be as clear and concise as possible in your response to let the recruiter know what your availability is.

In many cases, you may be asked to indicate your availability in terms of dates and times. In this case, the following phrases are useful:

I would be available for an interview on [day] [time] [month].

I can start this role on [day] [time] [month].

Always thank the recruiter for considering you for the role. Even if you don’t manage to arrange an initial interview or secure the job, there is a chance they might keep you in mind for a future position.

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How to build a strong relationship with a recruiter on LinkedIn

LinkedIn recruiters can be a valuable contact for job seekers. They can give career advice and can also provide access to job leads that might not be advertised on LinkedIn. Here are some suggestions for working with recruiters.

  • Ask questions: It is important to ask recruiters questions because they can provide you with important information about different companies and positions, as well as the hiring process. By asking questions, you can make sure that the jobs they can offer are a good fit for you and that you are making a wise decision for your career in the long term.
  • Discuss salary expectations: Money is often seen as a taboo subject, but it’s still important to talk to recruiters about salary expectations. When you’re negotiating a job offer, one of the most important factors to consider is your pay. You don’t want to start a new job thinking you’re underpaid. So it’s important to be upfront with the recruiter about what you expect in terms of salary and benefits.
  • Keep in touch: It’s important to keep in touch with recruiters even if you’re happy with your current job. Although you may not be actively looking for a new position, staying in touch will help them remember you if an opportunity arises for a potential employer that is a good fit for your skills and interests. It can also help to build a relationship with the recruiter so that they are more likely to think of you when they have an opening to fill.

How to respond when a recruiter contacts you on LinkedIn about an opportunity you’re not interested in

However, what do you do if the role that the recruiter is contacting you about isn’t something of interest to you? It’s important to respectfully decline if it’s not a great fit or if the job title is not relevant to your skills and experiences.

Here are a few tips on how to turn down an offer from a recruiter:

  • Thank the recruiter for reaching out, and explain that you’re not interested in the role.
  • Be clear and concise in your explanation – you don’t need to go into detail about why the role isn’t a good fit, just be firm.
  • If you are not currently job-hunting politely decline any further contact from the recruiter.

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Learning how to respond to a recruiter message on LinkedIn can boost your career opportunities

In today’s rapidly evolving job market, it is important to stay on top of your career opportunities. Learning how to respond to a recruiter message on LinkedIn can boost your chances of getting the next great opportunity that comes along.

Sometimes recruiters will reach out with positions that are not at all in line with what you would like, but there may be other openings down the road after some time passes. Keep this in mind when replying and make sure you explain your reasoning whether it be salary requirements or location preferences.


Sophie and David

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