You probably know already that it only takes 5 “I don’t know” replies to Linkedin invites to get your account restricted. Rather than inviting multiple people to connect, how about giving all your new contacts the easiest possible way to INVITE YOU?

First copy this URL:  


Now find your own Linkedin account id in the URL address bar when you view your own profile. Amend my link above to contain your own id number, first and last names (you can insert your email address instead of your first name too). With a little imagination, you could have a lot of fun with this, as I did here – http://linkd.in/16gRBZI

You can now add this hyperlink to text or a graphic in all your emails in your autosignature, and even on your website and job adverts. This way, candidates and clients can easily connect with you, and there’s absolutely no risk of going to LinkedIn jail!

PS. Connect with candidates and clients as early as possible in the recruitment process, as their networks can help enormously in finding the successful candidate.


Top resourcing tip to monitor named companies for those people leaving for new jobs.

Either click here or enter this search string into Google: site:linkedin.com “past * * at Search Consultancy”    (change this to any company you wish)

This performs an x-ray search of LinkedIn for all former employees. The results will include past employees, and LinkedIn links to groups of possible people, which would be difficult to scroll through or parse.

The really clever part, though, is when you use this search in a Google Alert, it will provide you with real-time updates on any former employee of that company changing jobs.

Now you might ask what use is that information AFTER someone has left (and presumably taken the time to update their LinkedIn profile)? What it tells us, and especially recruiters, is that a vacancy has been created, and more importantly reports on any movements in your marketplace. This is vital information for anyone who needs that intimate knowledge. Your clients will expect you to know these things.

Remember though that this will report on not just those moving from your target company today, but also anyone who has ever worked at that company in the past, even if it was 10 years ago (and so long as it appears on their LinkedIn profile).


As you’ll know, LinkedIn often obscures someone’s name, if their not in your 1st or 2nd degree network. As this is how potential clients and candidates might see yours, it’s a great idea to include your name and email address in your headline description. By default, LinkedIn uses the terms Company Website and Personal Website, when you add these in your contact information.





This is not at all helpful to any visitor. Edit your contact details now, and in the dropdown for websites, select Other, and include a suitable name for each, such as the company or blog name.

PS. Try this new search engine, specifically built for finding people. http://www.yatedo.com

PPS. Credit for these tips must also go to a number of people, including Stacy Zapar, Thea Newcomb, Shane McCusker, and Martin Lee.

Stephen O'Donnell is a lifelong recruiter, internet enthusiast, fadgadget and peripatetic writer.

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