Now You HAVE to be on LinkedIn
LinkedIn announced 2 breakthrough capabilities for employers searching for candidates, which means you cannot afford not to be on LinkedIn anymore.
The Referral Engine lets companies find high-quality applicants by tapping the professionals in their employees’ LinkedIn networks. Referral Engine recommends the most qualified professionals from within employees’ LinkedIn networks. Email and LinkedIn homepage reminders suggest the best candidates, allowing employees to make referrals with just a few clicks.
LinkedIn also announced Jobs for You, which allows companies to distribute their job openings ONLY to individuals with matching backgrounds. You can pick your audience based on LinkedIn profile data including function, seniority, industry, and more.
So what does this mean to the job seeker? The job boards are dead. Employers received far too many unmatched resumes at too high a cost. Employers and recruiters are flocking to LinkedIn to source candidates. Jobs for You ensures that only high caliber, well-matched candidates are sources while the Referral Engine helps find candidates through employee referrals. Bottomline, you must have an OPTIMIZED profile on LinkedIn and you should make sure you are well-networked to those who can refer you, which can be done through Groups and other tools.