I've been recruited via LinkedIn a few times. LinkedIn is an INCREDIBLE and invaluable resource.
Always say YES when you are headhunted. Even if you are happy in your job. Having a conversation, meeting someone new, and working on your interviewing skills are only going to help you. Keeping everything polished (your LinkedIn, resume and website) is key, and it's always good to practice your interviewing skills.
It also gives you more power when you are "content" in your current job and don't need the job they want you in :) You can be relaxed in the interview process, be yourself and be bold.
My first job out of college I was working for a small non profit. It was ok pay for what it was. Especially considering it was my first full time job out of college.
My second job, I was contacted by a recruiter on LinkedIn and decided to work for a Software Company. They asked me to apply for this new Community Manager position. What's amazing is that I didn't even really know what a Community Manager was, but it turns out:
I could not have found a better job for myself!
My pay grade jumped 52%
Tech pays more. Let's be honest, but I also made sure I had the right skills listed on my profile and kept everything up to date.
After a year in that job, completely happy and satisfied, I was headhunted on LinkedIn again. I didn't even have to apply! It was amazing, because I hate applying for jobs.
This was the hardest interview process of my life so far. I had 4 video call interviews with 3 different people. Then, when I was in NYC, I was interviewed for 5 hours 7 people! Then the next day, I had to give a (*surprise*) presentation in front of 3 people. I was not ready for that, but I am glad it happened, although exhausting.
You can't get a job from 1 interview anymore. (and if you do, tread carefully) Those days are over. I got that job, now my third job out of college. I learned a lot from that process, and it was worth it because....
My pay grade jumped 70%
You never know what may happen, but you can control your fate a little bit.
Make sure you are always presenting your best self on the internet. Keep everything updated and don't be afraid to get personal!
I have been super lucky to have jumped a lot with every new role. I hope that my career growth keeps following that trend. Marketing yourself is SO important and is a never ending process, as is your personal/professional growth. Make sure as you grow, your online presence does too. So be prepared to work hard, and pay attention to detail. But it's worth it!
Edit: Here's a summary
Second job out of college: 52% (recruited from LinkedIn)
Third job out of college: 70% (recruited from friend/connection)
Fourth job out of college: 25% (recruited from friend/connection)
Fifth job out of college: 30% (recruited from LinkedIn)
My rate is slowing down but I'm happy to say it is still increasing nicely with every new opportunity.
When you switch jobs and companies, your pay usually goes up. I'm trying to balance job hopping and opportunities. I want to show the power of switching jobs and pushing yourself in your 20's. Be confident in the tech economy and don't be afraid to jump from job to job in order to boost your salary. I'm happy to say, that I'm super happy in my current job, and it would take a lot to make me jump from it. I also hope to stay with companies at least 2-5 years before jumping, but again, I won't say no to recruiters.