Dear Danielle: How Do I Deal with Recruiters on LinkedIn?

Dear Danielle: How Do I Deal with Recruiters on LinkedIn?

Dear Danielle:

I received the following email on LinkedIn and am so confused as how to respond or even treat this:

“Hello. My name is [BLANK]. I am a Healthcare Recruiter with [BLANK] Staffing. I am doing a search for a client of mine, a hospital in Los Angeles, that is looking for a Transcription Support person. The person doesn’t have to be a transcriptionist. They should have anatomy and physiology knowledge, medical terminology. But they really need to be technologically savvy. Someone comfortable with computer systems. Someone that can also communicate clearly and effectively with doctors and their office staff. The shift is 1-9:30 pm, Monday – Thursday and 7:30 am – 3:30 pm on Saturday. I wanted to reach out to you to se if you or someone in your network may be interested in this opportunity. This is a long term contract. I can be reached at…”

Would this be considered contract work? Your advice/suggestions are greatly appreciated. —MP

No, this is not contract work. This is a job an employer is trying to fill.

You’re a business owner right? You don’t work “shifts.”

Just because they’ve used the word “contract” doesn’t make it business.

What defines employment is control. If they are dictating the days and hours you must work, where you work, what equipment and systems to use, and if you are subject to supervision and time reporting, by law that is an employer, not a client.

I mean, if you want a job, that’s perfectly okay. But it’s important you understand the difference either way so you are not cheated out of the Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment, Workers Comp and other benefits that employers are required BY LAW to pay into your accounts on your behalf.

Anyone who tries to pay you as an independent contractor when you are really working with them like an employee, not only is a lawbreaker, they are cheating you out of your rightful benefits and treating you like a schmuck.

They also want someone in medical transcription, not administrative support. Big difference.

This is the problem with LinkedIn. It was originally created for employers and those seeking employment. Even though B2B business owners have since jumped on that platform to connect with colleagues and clients, it’s still really not ideally suited for business.

So you’re going to get contacted by a lot of recruiters. Just ignore them.

It’s neither business nor an opportunity. They’re looking for an employee, and it’s not your job to waste your time finding one for them.

Trust me, they have messaged this to a thousand other people besides you, basically indiscriminately spamming anyone and everyone, so you weren’t specially singled out. If they were really interested in you personally, they would have read your profile and seen that you are in business, not seeking employment.

Then again, it’s important that everyone in business make sure that their LinkedIn profile clearly portrays them as business owners seeking CLIENTS, not employment.

Your profile should include a link to your business website and a clear call to action instructing potential clients to visit your website where they can learn more about how you can help them in BUSINESS and what the next step is to working together (typically a consultation and process that YOU dictate, not them).

If not, then your profile could be the thing giving out the wrong signals.

In business you’re going to have to get good at discerning what is real business.

Anyone coming to you who doesn’t read your profile, doesn’t go to your website, and approaches you inappropriately (e.g., sending you recruitment messages) is not a business prospect.

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5 Responses

  1. Thank you so much for answering my question, Danielle! Since the above email, I’ve received SEVERAL more. It’s kind of sad that people don’t know the proper way to use LinkedIn. After reading your response, I completley agree. Eventhough I do offer transcription services it is not my only skill nor is it my complete business. Conducting myself as a business owner started by changing my mindset. Reviewing requests and evaluating emails with a business owner’s eye instead of an employee’s eye has (and continues to be) been a weight off my shoulders. Learning the difference and slowly understanding what pertains to my business is becoming easier. I’m going to review my LinkedIn profile and make any necessary changes to make sure I’m proper portrayed as a business owner and not a job seeker. As always, your advice/suggestions, are invaluable.

  2. You are so welcome, Michelle. 🙂

    Glad I could help!

  3. Jessica says:

    Hi Danielle,
    I have one concern here…
    You have stated…

    “Anyone who tries to pay you as an independent contractor when you are really working with them like an employee, not only is a lawbreaker, they are cheating you out of your rightful benefits and treating you like a schmuck.”

    I work as an employee for a company through a temp. service and have been “hanging” on with this company (w/o benefits) for the past 3 years! Does this statement include me? Should I be concerned?

    (No, they are not a client of mine, I am currently not a AC, I work for the company at their office, but they pay the temp service and temp service pays me)



  4. Hi Jessica 🙂

    First, it’s important to clarify, you do not work for the company you have been placed in. You work AT that company. Who you work FOR is the temp agency who placed you there. The temp agency is your employer and the company where they have placed you is their client.

    So, in your situation, you are an employee of the temp agency, not the company where you are physically working. As long as the employment/temp agency you are working for is complying with employment laws and paying you a proper paycheck with the proper withholdings and employer tax contributions, then you’re good.

    However, if you ever find yourself in a situation where you’ve been hired for a position, but aren’t getting proper paychecks with the proper payroll withholdings and employer tax contributions (i.e., SS, Medicare, etc.), and/or they try to give you a 1099 instead of W2 at the end of the year, you should immediately contact your local State unemployment office and file an IRS form SS8.

    Employers are required by law to properly classify employees. They are not allowed to decide to pay someone who is an employee as an independent contractor. If they do, they are breaking the law AND cheating you while they’re at it.

    They do this because it’s easier and cheaper to pay people this way. But they don’t get a choice about this. An employee is an employee, and they must follow the letter of the law like everyone else.

    I want to add that it is NEVER the employee’s fault if an employer does this. I think some people fear to report or inquire on this because they think they will “get in trouble” somehow.

    But that is never the case because it is always the employer’s responsibility to properly classify employees and pay them as such. They are the only ones liable for paying the back taxes and penalties owed, not only to the government, but to the employees they were cheating by not paying into those funds (i.e., SS, Medicare, etc.) as they should have been.

    Hiring temps (who are employees of the temp agency supplying them, not the company where they are placed) is one way big companies avoid giving people real jobs and paying them benefits such as retirement, vacation, and such. It’s really kind of sucky.

    However, every employer, and that includes temp agencies because they are employers as well, is required to pay into Social Security, Medicare and a few other things on behalf of every employee on their payroll. As far as benefits beyond that, temp agencies aren’t really known for providing long-term benefits to its employees (i.e., the people they place in temporary positions) because the nature of the work and relationship itself is transactional and itinerent. However, if you are wondering if there are benefits you are eligible for after this much time, you first need to talk with the temp agency itself.

  5. Jessica says:

    Hi Dainelle!

    Thanks for your reply. I do need to update my LinkedIn profile. So that’s my next step. Thank you.

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