While you may not face the same war for top talent as Google, Facebook and Zynga in Silicon Valley your hiring organization probably already understands that to remain competitive, it must hire and retain smart, talented, resilient, hard-working and creative employees. Your human and intellectual capital is crucial to your success!  TalentWoo discusses one amazing talent acquisition tool that your company can start leveraging today to locate a “pool of hidden, and difficult-to-find talent” that has been working right underneath your nose the entire time.

That tool?  The Corporate Recruiter Solution offered by LinkedIn.  We remind readers that as of August 2, 2012, LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 175 million members in over 200 countries and territories.  The Recruiter option on LinkedIn allows you, the hiring manager or corporate recruiter to gain access to every single one of these profiles, with otherwise unavailable smart filtering capabilities to boot.  Without this solution, the average LinkedIn user who searches for profiles is limited to:

  • Only 100 visible profile search results
  • Communication with 1st degree connections only
  • Complete profile visibility only within your network (i.e. 1st, 2nd, 3rd degree connections and group members)
  • Only 6 basic filtering options (keywords, title, location, name, company, school)

But having the Recruiter Solution allows you the ability to search ALL profiles on the network and filter by:  interests (i.e. which members are open to being contacted about openings); industry; job function; company size; seniority; and more.   You will also be able to contact every single one of these individuals via inmail, which goes directly to their email inbox.  This is a virtual black book of every single working professional on LinkedIn – at your fingertips!  How amazing would it be for your organization to know in an instant exactly who is working in your industry, in the ideal role, in your market, and who is interested in hearing about other opportunities?  How much time and money could you save in headhunter fees if you had access to such a solution?  And lastly, how much more competitive do you think your company would be if you were able to reach out to and attract passive job seekers (i.e. those happily employed, and not actively on the job market) long before your competition even knew they were available to hire?  These are the types of forward-thinking and innovative investments your organization needs to make if you wish to beat your competition in the race to find top talent.

If you wish to understand more about how your organization can leverage social media like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook to locate and hire difficult-to-find talent in your market, please contact TalentWoo today.