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Candidate search is a new feature on ResearchGate that enables registered recruiters to directly contact ResearchGate members in connection with job opportunities. The ability to learn about job opportunities is a core part of ResearchGate's mission. We have historically featured a job board, and in members' Home feeds and elsewhere shown information about potentially relevant and interesting opportunities. Currently, any member is able to contact another member though the ResearchGate messaging service. As a further expansion of our value proposition for careers, we have now created dedicated functionality for recruiters to message members directly about opportunities.

This new feature is automatically available to everyone who is a registered member. Recruiters are limited in how many messages they may send to members, and are bound by strict rules of conduct in how they may communicate with members. If members prefer not to be contacted by any recruiters, or by a particular recruiter, it is easy to opt out in their Privacy Settings or block recruiters.

This feature is brand new and we welcome any comments or feedback.

For recruiters:

Where does the information displayed in search results come from?

Almost all information comes directly from candidates' own ResearchGate profiles. In some limited cases, we may also make inferences based on proprietary algorithms to give you greater insights. For example, we may suggest the academic level of candidates in cases where they may not have added this information to their profiles. We may also suggest a candidate's likely years since first publication, based on the research they have added to their ResearchGate profile. Because of this, it's important that you always check directly with a candidate to get their complete and up-to-date information. 

How is a candidate's "location" defined?

A candidate's "location" is determined by the location of the institution with which they have affiliated themselves on ResearchGate. 

How many direct messages can I send per month?

Currently, you can send up to 100 direct messages to unique individuals per month. Messages that you reply to are not deducted from your total number of messages. You can engage in a continuing conversation with a user within the same thread without limitation (assuming they have not opted out or objected to further messages). However, if you message a candidate and then message them again in a new conversation, the new conversation will be deducted from your total. 

At the end of each month, do any unused messages carry over to the next month?

No. Messages that are not used during a particular month are not carried over to subsequent months. Any unused messages are forfeited and your message count resets to 100.

Are there any restrictions on messaging candidates?

Yes. Aside from the number of messages to unique users you can send per month, candidates have the ability to opt out of receiving all messages from recruiters. If they have opted out, these candidates will no longer appear in any recruiter's search results. Recruiters must respect a candidate's decision to opt out of this feature.

Candidates also have the ability to block particular recruiters on a case-by-case basis. In such cases, those candidates will no longer be visible in the blocked recruiter's search results.

Please also note our Advertising and Recruiting Guidelines which contain rules about the proper use of our site and services.

How do I update my recruiter profile information?

  1. Click on the downward-facing arrow beside your profile picture in the top right-hand corner and click on Your Profile
  2. Click Edit to change any details within your profile.

Please note:  While we encourage you to complete your profile, it's not mandatory to provide complete information. Any information you choose to add will be visible to all ResearchGate members.

Am I allowed to send recruiting messages through the regular ResearchGate private message feature?

No. Sending unsolicited messages about recruitment opportunities is a violation of our Terms of Service. These types of messages may only be sent through our candidate search feature.


For ResearchGate members:

Is it possible that my profile will show up in a recruiter's candidate search?

As a registered ResearchGate member, you are automatically eligible to enjoy the benefits of candidate search and may show up in recruiter search results. If you don't want to show up in a recruiter's search or be contacted by any recruiters, you can opt out in your privacy settings (see Can I choose to not receive messages from any recruiters? How? below). You can also block further messages from a particular recruiter (see How do I block a specific recruiter from contacting me? below). If you block a specific recruiter only, you will no longer appear in that recruiter's search results and nor will they be able to send you any further messages. You may still appear in the results of other recruiters and receive messages from them.

Is my entire ResearchGate profile visible to recruiters?

Note first that your ResearchGate profile is always visible to either everybody or only to registered ResearchGate users, depending on your privacy settings. However, recruiters using candidate search will only see a limited version of your profile, which includes some information from the overview and research tabs. On the overview tab, they can see your introduction, affiliation, lab membership, top co-authors, stats overview, research experience, education, and awards & achievements. On the research tab, they can only see your research items.  

How do you determine my career level?

If you have provided career level information in your profile, this is what will be displayed in search results. Where this data is not present, we may make inferences based on proprietary algorithms to suggest more complete information to recruiters. For this reason, we encourage you to keep your profile information up to date. 

What if I have not added skills or disciplines to my profile?

If you have not added skills or disciplines to your profile, you will not appear in recruiters' candidate search results. 

How do I add or remove skills on my profile so that I appear in candidate search results?

If you want to add, remove, or edit skills on your profile:

  1. Click on the down arrow beside your profile picture in the top right hand corner and click on Your Profile
  2. In the Introduction box, click Edit beside Skills and expertise
  3. Add or remove all skills and expertise that match your experience.

Can I choose to not receive messages from any recruiters? How?

Yes. You can opt out of receiving direct messages from recruiters at any time. Here's how:

  1. Click on the down arrow beside your profile picture in the top right hand corner and click on Settings
  2. Click on Privacy settings on the right hand side
  3. Under Your public profile, un-check the box beside Allow recruiters to contact me on ResearchGate.

If my privacy settings allow recruiters to contact me, does that mean I'm publicly stating that I'm open to job opportunities?

No. Allowing recruiters to contact you on ResearchGate does not mean that you are publicly stating that you are open to job opportunities. It simply means that recruiters may find your profile through the candidate search feature and send you a message. If you don't want to be contacted by recruiters, you can opt out at any time (see Can I choose to not receive messages from any recruiters? How? above). 

How do I know that a recruiter has messaged me?

You will be informed through on-site notifications and by email (unless you have unsubscribed from receiving this particular type of email). In your private message inbox on ResearchGate, the word "Recruiter" will appear directly after the recruiter's name. If this designation appears, you know the message is from someone with a recruiter account. Note that recruiter messages are not permitted from regular ResearchGate accounts. If you receive messages you believe are in violation of our policies, you can report these messages to our Community Support team.

Can I stop receiving messages from recruiters, but still receive direct messages from other ResearchGate members?

Yes. You can opt out of receiving messages from recruiters only at any time (see Can I choose to not receive messages from any recruiters? How? above). This will not impact the ability for ResearchGate members to search for and contact you. 

Can I block a specific recruiter?

Yes. You have the option to block messages from a single recruiter if you don't want to hear from them again. You can also opt out of receiving messages from any recruiters in your Privacy settings (see Can I choose to not receive messages from any recruiters? How? above).

How do I block a specific recruiter from contacting me?

If you just want to stop hearing from a particular recruiter, you can block them. Here's how:

  1. After opening the message from the recruiter, click on Don't like this message? in the top left-hand corner of the message
  2. Select Block recruiter from the drop-down menu
  3. Confirm this action by clicking Block recruiter again.

If you want to stop hearing from all recruiters, you can opt out of being contacted in your privacy settings(see Can I choose to not receive messages from any recruiters? How? above).

Am I allowed to send recruiting messages through the regular ResearchGate private message feature?

No. Sending unsolicited messages about recruitment opportunities is a violation of our Terms of Service. These types of messages may only be sent through our candidate search feature.