In the last post I talked about how to cheat the system by joining Groups (in regards to contacting people you find on LinkedIn).
Here’s another tactic, though, which I’ve used. When I find a target contact I will use the internal messaging if I have to. I like LinkedIn Introductions, to a point… but what might be better is just a plain old email to the target contact.
However, if you are not a first degree contact it might be really hard to find an email for the person.
Now it’s time to start thinking like a recruiter. If a recruiter found the perfect candidate, and the email wasn’t there, that would not stop them from moving forward.
A recruiter would look for another way to contact the person – phone (whitepages.com) or email or something else.
Recently I found someone who I wanted to contact. It was the CEO of a company. In doing some company research (first on LinkedIn, to find other employees there, then on their blog) I found the naming convention of their corporate email addresses.
How? I found two employees who had their email addresses posted online (0utside of LinkedIn). Both of their email addresses had the same naming convention… so I GUESSED on the CEO’s email.
It worked – within 24 hours I had a reply to my email, from the CEO.
Just because you can’t message someone through LinkedIn’s mechanisms, don’t stop! Find other ways to get in front of that person – when I’m stuck I think “what would a recruiter do?” Tacky, I know, but they do this stuff all day long.