Making the Most of Your LinkedIn Profile

by Veronica Blatt

It’s rare to encounter a recruiter who doesn’t have a LinkedIn profile, but some users are definitely more skilled and savvy than others. Earlier this week I had the pleasure of attending a LinkedIn training session with Karen Hollenbach from Think Bespoke. Karen is a firm believer in experimenting with new LinkedIn features as they roll out, and she shared a few that are newer or not well-known. Here are a few features I will be playing around with in the coming days: Read the rest of this entry »

Recruiters Depend on InMail

by Dave Nerz

image of LinkedIn, a tool used by agency recruitersAccording to Forbes, nearly 97% of recruiters use LinkedIn as a part of their recruiting process. So I am guessing that many recruiters have fallen into recruiting routines. If one of those recruiting routines is to blast large numbers of LinkedIn members with InMail, get ready for a change. One that I heard recently was to InMail all those that meet the criteria set for a LinkedIn search, wait 5 days then InMail again. If still no response, then try a Google search to find phone or mail contact details and reach the candidate via those connection points. That is one recruiting process; I’m sure you know of 50 more. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Ways Agency Recruiters Can Improve Their Use of LinkedIn

by Veronica Blatt

image of LinkedIn, a tool used by agency recruitersI recently listened to a LinkedIn webinar discussing common mistakes agency recruiters make on LinkedIn, and thought I would recap the salient points here.

Make sure you have a recruiting profile. Yes, of course you already have a LinkedIn profile. But is it a RECRUITING profile? If you’re trying to attract candidates, make sure your profile is written for candidates. If your primary goal is client development, make sure your profile is geared towards new clients. Maybe you need to write for both audiences. Here are a few tips to help agency recruiters create a RECRUITING profile: Read the rest of this entry »

LinkedIn Tricks for Job Seekers

by Dave Nerz

image of LinkedIn, a tool used by agency recruitersAs a recruiter you have know-how and tips job seekers crave.  With the landscape of recruiting changing so fast, have you kept up? For example, LinkedIn tricks. Are any of your candidates not using LinkedIn? Most likely about 95 to 100% are on LinkedIn, but far fewer know the things you should know as a recruiter. Here are my favorites to share:

Did you know you can edit your endorsements? It is simple. Just go to Edit Your Profile, scroll down to the Endorsements Section and hit Edit. Start the clean-up. So if you have goofball friends that have voted up your “accounting skills” when you are a sales professional, get busy making the change. I had lots of one-off floaters from someone that knew me 25 years ago. It helps to keep things clean. Tell your candidates to do this before the client looks them up during a due diligence process. Read the rest of this entry »

The Best LinkedIn for Recruiters

by Dave Nerz

image of magnifying glassMaybe you are like me and think the best version of LinkedIn for recruiters is the LinkedIn Recruiter Professional Services (RPS) product that lists at about $5000 per seat. If you are like me, you are wrong. There is a product that has been around for a few years but was not marketed to the average independent recruiter until just recently. The product is called “LinkedIn Recruiter” or “LinkedIn Recruiter Corporate Edition” and list for upwards of $8,000 annually. How is it that so many do not know about this product? Well, I have a theory, but I’ll keep that to myself. My Mother always said, “If you can’t say something nice…” Read the rest of this entry »

Is LinkedIn Killing Agency Recruiters?

by Veronica Blatt

image of LinkedIn, a tool used by agency recruiters“LinkedIn is killing agency recruiters.”

“LinkedIn is NOT a recruiter’s friend.”

“How much damage has LinkedIn caused your recruiting business?”

These are all phrases I’ve recently heard from agency recruiters. There seems to be a growing concern that LinkedIn is intent on eliminating the need for third-party recruiters and that it’s only a matter of time before it happens. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Tips to Help Independent Recruiters Make Connections on LinkedIn®

by Veronica Blatt

LI-homeI came across a video interview today on The Undercover Recruiter between Jorgen Sundberg and Aimee Bateman from Careercake, about how independent recruiters can be more effective at making connections on LinkedIn®. To make it easy for everyone, the video is embedded below. It’s about 7 minutes long and well worth it.

Most independent recruiters probably consider themselves fairly proficient with LinkedIn®, but some may not realize that the same “social rules” that apply on Twitter or Facebook also apply on LinkedIn®. To really maximize your connections, follow these tips: Read the rest of this entry »

5 Ways Independent Recruiters Can Improve Their Use of Social Media

by Veronica Blatt

If you’re an independent recruiter struggling to make sense of social media, you’re not alone. Approaching social media efforts in a random, haphazard way won’t generate the results you want and will result in a lot of wasted time and effort. Here are five things you can do immediately to improve your use of social media: Read the rest of this entry »

Independent Recruiters and LinkedIn: Corporate HR is taking over!

by Dave Nerz

image of LinkedIn, a tool used by agency recruitersA year ago when I opened LinkedIn Group pages, the number of recruiters and recruiter offers was overwhelming. It seemed that LinkedIn was the playground of recruiters and that others didn’t get it. I would like to see the actual metrics that LinkedIn keeps on usage and audiences. It seems to me that things are changing quickly. Read the rest of this entry »

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