Ask LH: Should I Add Recruiters To My LinkedIn Profile?

Ask LH: Should I Add Recruiters To My LinkedIn Profile?

Hey Lifehacker, I’ve been getting a whole bunch of recruitment agencies asking to connect with me on LinkedIn. Some are even out of my state. I have been rejecting them because I feel that if an agent were to look at my profile, they should see contacts and history that reflects my career and not a bunch of agents I might deal with once in my life.

I want to keep my LinkedIn profile clean. Is this the right thing to do or should I be accepting their invitations?

Keep My LinkedIn Clean

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Dear KMLC,

Like you, my basic policy for LinkedIn is a simple one: I only connect with people I’ve actually worked with or met. If I accepted every invitation from a stranger I received, my network would be crowded and ineffective.

The fact that recruiters are actively contacting you suggests you’re already working in a field where demand is high, and that means you can afford to be picky. If a recruiter contacts you and suggests that they have a specific job opportunity in mind, reply to them directly and ask for details. You don’t need to connect with them to do that. As we noted yesterday, being interviewed for other roles helps you identify your current worth — something that’s useful to know even if you’re happy with your existing job.

If they’re simply fishing for connections, ignore them. If the time comes when you’re actively searching for a new role, you can optimise your profile to attract opportunities.


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