Why Recruiters LOVE Linkedin and HR leaders might HATE Linkedin.

Top 3 Reasons Why Recruiters (both corporate and external) Love Linkedin:


1) LinkedIn has become the best hunting ground for recruiters.
2) As more companies are asking their employees to become participants in “social media” candidate referral programs, more employees are using sites such as Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter – making it insanely easy for recruiters to recruit them.
3) Linkedin allows recruiters to easily build their target candidate pool.

Top 3 Reasons Why HR Leaders Might Hate Linkedin:

1) Your competition can now easily see who you have just hired, the secret ‘human capital’ of your company is no longer a secret.
2) If your employees like to show-off their work by posting on their profiles what they do, then your competition can get some insights into what your company might be building.
3) Increase turnover and backfill cost. Your competition can now easily send a message to your key employees and invite them to tea.

These are my observations, now chime in with yours! Frankly, I'm torn about this one. I simply LOVE using Linkedin to recruit but I also hate to deal with turnover issues. Ugh!

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Comment by Amy Ala Miller on June 14, 2013 at 1:02pm

A company I used to work for was very paranoid about their employees being on LinkedIn... LOL trust me that was NOT their biggest problem. :) It's far easier to demonize sites liked LI or others that supposedly make people easier to find and lure away than to took at yourself and see what you're doing as an organization to drive good people away.

Comment by Noel Cocca on June 15, 2013 at 3:17pm

So true Amy, my old company actually looked at me like I was leaving because I was on Li.  I had to have a meeting about it! Guess thats one of the reasons I am not there anymore...lol.

Comment by Ellen Clark on June 17, 2013 at 1:57pm

I agree that if the company is a good one they will not have to fear losing their employees because of LinkedIN. I always laugh when I call someone to network about a job and they tell me "I don't know anyone here " Ha ha, are they kidding? I then proceed to tell them that I am actually happy when I call someone about a position and they tell me they are happy. And then I tell the person that people are going to leave whether a recruiter calls them or  not. You can't keep unsatisfied workers by keeping them away from recruiters or such things as LinkedIn, Facebook and twitter.

Comment by Bill Schultz on June 17, 2013 at 9:25pm

People leave companies because they don't like their boss or their boss doesn't like them.  Linkedin may streamline the process but it's basically the parent's fault for creating a prick.  (can I say that?)

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