LinkedIn and other social networking sites are advantageous for employers who use them for both networking and recruiting. I am increasingly receiving email notes from my LinkedIn contacts asking me to refer potential employees or help them make a contact for hard-to-fill positions.
The potential for LinkedIn and other social networking sites to play a major role in your employee recruiting strategy increases as millions of potential employees profile themselves on these sites each year.
It's not enough anymore to post a job vacancy on Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com, Craigslist.com, or other online job boards. Employers are spammed with hundreds of resumes from unqualified applicants when they post on big boards. I have still found great candidates through these job boards, though, so continue to utilize them as a part of your recruiting mix. Just recognize, that as the online social networking world is expanding, there are better ways to recruit superior employees. [Read more]