How to Find the Right LinkedIn Contacts and Get Responses to Your Messages

Jessica H. Hernandez
9 min readApr 22, 2022

With more than 14 million jobs posted, 1.9 million talent professionals searching for candidates, and someone hired every 15 seconds, LinkedIn is THE professional platform for your job search and long-term career management.

Even with all the opportunity that abounds on LinkedIn, it can be a challenge to find the right contacts and get responses to your messages. So today I want to share with you how to find helpful connections — whether that’s someone in a similar industry, a key decision-maker, or a recruiter — and how to get responses to your messages so they don’t go unanswered.

How to Find the Right Contacts on LinkedIn

When searching for a new connection or a decision-maker, the first place you want to start is the LinkedIn search bar.

The search bar

You can search by keyword, name, company, or any variation. If you don’t know the person’s name but you know their company, you can search for the job title and company name.

For example, “Talent acquisition Pfizer” or “Editor LinkedIn News.”

Then filter by people and it will show you profiles of those who fit the search results.

If you’re looking to connect with others in your industry, you can type in your industry then filter by people. I suggest being more specific and adding a location, job title, or company name. This will give you more common points of connection. The more common points of connection you share with someone, the more likely they are to connect, engage, and help you.

You can also search for recruiters in specific industries by using terms like “recruiter pharmaceutical” or “recruiter data analysts.”

Company pages

One of the best ways to find connections is to head to the specific company you’re targeting and click on their People tab. There you’ll see employees of the organization that are on LinkedIn and you can locate the hiring manager, decision-maker, or…



Jessica H. Hernandez

A nationally recognized and award-winning executive resume writer, Jessica H. Hernandez is President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast.