Welcome to “Dear Dana”, our Friday column to give you workplace advice and coaching. Please write in and tell me about a frustration or question you’re facing at the office or in your job search! – Dana Theus
Dear Dana: What is the protocol or LinkedIn best practice for connecting with the person who posted a position on Linked In? Should the applicant send the HR person a message via LinkedIn after submitting an application, if it isn’t possible to make a more personal connection via one’s own network? Thanks! — Puzzling in Virginia
I don’t think it’s an either/or. If you can make a personal connection, that’s always best, but if it’s going to take time to make that happen, don’t wait to make sure they know you’ve submitted. The best use of a personal connection is for your mutual friend to say something nice about you. That’s different than confirming a bureaucratic step. Why not do both?
Remember that recruiters are people too. Very busy people.
The key to recruiter communications no matter how you do it is to be brief and action oriented. Give them the info they need (e.g., submitted it 5pm Nov 3rd), and anything you’re requesting (e.g., please confirm that you received it). You can ask about other info like next steps, but you probably won’t get an answer unless you already have a personal connection (and sometimes not even then.) This approach will help you leverage Linkedin for a successful career transition. Be polite and professional.
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