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Is Social Networking the answer to your recruitment needs?

I am not sure if it's because we are now well into the annual "Silly Season" or whether its the economic slowdown, but lately the volume of e-mails that I get from recruitment agents informing me about their candidates has escalated to newer and ever more irritating heights. I must get around 10 a day!

For me the only good thing about these e-mails is the amusement I get from reading them. It is amazing how creative they are in finding new ways to say the same thing. The only consistent thing is that every candidate they have is "Extremely Talented". Anyway, enough of my rant!

As any SME owner manager will know if they have ever used a recruitment agency; It's expensive. And it seems that these days, particularly in IT, candidates all tend to use agencies. Therefore as an employer, if you need to recruit quickly, you don't really have much of a viable alternative.

Or do you?

Lately we have been hearing about more and more companies that are turning to the social networking site "Linked-in" to fore fill their recruitment needs. For the benefit of anyone that hasn't heard of it, Linked-In is a business orientated "Social Network" mainly used for professional networking.

I know that I was not alone in wondering exactly how Linked-In would benefit me when I signed up. But when you start to consider applications such as recruitment, it all starts to make a lot of sense. In fact, as our professional lives become more entwined with the online world, an online professional network starts to become an altogether very exciting proposition. But that's another story.

I have to say that the Companies I am aware of that have used Linked-In to recruit, are all in the IT business, and a quick look through the vacancies section of Linked-In confirms that IT is by far the most predominant sector currently featured. But that's true of Linked-in in general, in as much as, unsurprisingly I suppose, IT have been the biggest adopters . It's also clear that there are an awful lot of blue-chip organisations regularly using Linked-In, which means that it's working.

Could this spell the end for Recruitment consultants? Think about it. Candidates have their whole profile online, including their skills, their experience and even recomendations. You can find out a lot about a person from their linked in profile. Whats more, you can even request references from people in their network. Maybe a candidate will know someone you already know, in which case you can get a reference from someone you trust.

It's pretty compelling and I nearly forgot to mention, its costs less than a hundred pounds to post a Vacancy for a month! We posted our first vacancy to linked-In today, so in a month's time I hope to be posting a follow-up reporting that agency fees are a thing of the past!

Posted: Friday 1 August 2008 12:22:49 by Global Administrator

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