But, with the right tool and message, there's hope. This is where LinkedIn's Recruiter Lite tool comes into play. The cheaper version of Recruiter Corporate, Recruiter Lite costs $99.95/mth when you commit to an annual payment (versus $724.95 for the Recruiter Corporate Plan). You can check out the whole host of features here, but the a short list includes:
The overall interface is incredibly easy to use. Put a job title you're interested in in the search box, and a whole list of candidates will come up. You can review their profile snapshot to quickly see if you want to check out their full profile. Super handy when you have hundreds of profiles to review.
And, if you're interested in candidates from particular companies, locations, or industries (or not interested in them), you can filter them in or out too.
Once you find your candidate crush, you can send them whatever type of message you'd like. Unlike non-paid LinkedIn outreach, there's no character limit to your message. And, you can actually include URL's and email addresses. Perfect for sending them a link to your company About Us page or giving them your work email address.
If you want to know how to craft the perfect message that'll pique your unicorn's interest, make sure it:
Here's an actual letter we used to recruit a UX/UI Graphic Designer:
There is one admitted downside to this process: time. Culling through potential candidates, reaching out to them, and taking the time to meet for lunch all take time. But, you'll often find the best candidates were never looking in the first place. So, you can take your chances with a standard job post. Or, you can be a little savvier and do some proactive reach outs. And you're the savvy type...right?