So let's say I just applied to a New Grad engineer posting for a tech company.

I want to increase the probability that I get noticed. So I looked up the company on LinkedIn, found at least 3-5 different internal recruiters with different titles: Sr. SW Recruiter, Team Recruiter, etc.

I was thinking of reaching out to multiple of them, since I don't know which one is the best target. Is this a bad idea, or a good idea?

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    Possible duplicate: workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/48975/… Commented Nov 3, 2016 at 21:05
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    @thursdaysgeek the one argument I'd make is that the other question is about going to multiple external recruiters, as in competitors. This one is about going to multiple people within the same exact identical company
    – user49733
    Commented Nov 3, 2016 at 21:11
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    @JeffQuick - oh, very good point! This is different. Commented Nov 3, 2016 at 21:13

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In my experience, it's usually better to do this prior to an application through a careers page, recruiters can often speed up or divert traditional process in your favor if things go well. This is not to say that there's no benefit to doing it after an application though, it just changes the approach a little. This is highly dependent on the companies size, but given you mentioned 3-5 internal recruiters with different titles and you're applying as an engineer, I'm going to assume it's a medium-large tech company.

If the position you applied for is within a specific team, it's going to be much more useful to try to find someone who recruits for that team, if you can't find them through LinkedIn, consider asking somebody who already works there and they might be able to guide you in the right direction. If it's a generic position and team selection is considered afterwards, I'd advise trying to find someone who best fits your criteria from the information you've seen on LinkedIn ("Graduate Technical Recruiter at Megacorp" / "Campus Recruiter at Megacorp" etc), if you're not sure, again, consider asking somebody who already works there.

In terms of messaging multiple recruiters, I think in a large company it's fine, but in a smaller company where recruiters might be working in the same office / desk, messaging every recruiter you can find could potentially come across as desperate or annoying, which you'd like to avoid. I'd personally keep any messages/requests simple, and try another recruiter if I don't hear back in a couple of days.

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    These are good points, and your assumptions in the beginning are right. Now that I think about it.. I could even message random young engineers who work there and ask them to refer me, lol what do they have to lose?! :P
    – sjacob
    Commented Nov 7, 2016 at 3:02

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