There are plenty of places to look for candidates when you have a job opening. You can go the traditional route and post a job ad, you can ask internally for employee referrals, and you can also use social media. LinkedIn has grown from a place to network with other business professionals to a multifaceted site that is ideal for finding suitable candidates. The key with LinkedIn is to find candidates who are actively, or passively, looking to make a career move.
HOW TO FIND SUITABLE CANDIDATES THROUGH LINKEDIN
Here are some simple and effective ways to target qualified candidates using LinkedIn:
1. ASK YOUR NETWORK:
One of the most effective ways to find candidates is to simply ask your network. It is a quick and easy way to drum up interest for the position and start building a pool of candidates to consider. You’ll be surprised at how many of your network may be interested, or have someone they would like to suggest for the role.
2. BE ACTIVE IN LINKEDIN GROUPS:
One of the best, yet underutilized features of LinkedIn is their groups. There are countless groups for almost any industry or professional topic. Tapping into these groups is a great way to network and connect with potential candidates now and in the future.
3. POST A JOB:
Posting a job on LinkedIn will provide your ad with unbeatable reach within the platform. Once the post is added, LinkedIn will automatically target your post to qualified professionals who match the skills and experience you are seeking. You can reach candidates for virtually any role in any industry.
4. PERFORM A SEARCH:
LinkedIn allows you to perform searches for people based on job titles they have listed in their profiles. You can also modify the search by location, companies they have worked for and more. You can also use the skills and expertise section to find keywords that are unique to active job seekers. This can help you identify candidates that could potentially match what you are looking for.
With LinkedIn, you can find suitable candidates, many of whom are open to new opportunities, in a matter of minutes. Don’t discount it when recruiting and looking to hire.
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Felicia is the manager of human capital solutions at AugmentHR. With over six years of recruitment experience coupled with multi-faceted HR roles, Felicia is an expert in matching people with the right role and environment. She has worked in many different industries, including investment banking, HR consulting firms, medical, and commercial. Understanding people is one of her strengths, and she has recruited at every level, from directors, project managers, and engineers to operators and general labourers. Her ability to network and develop relationships has been a key tool to her success. With approximately two years of experience managing people and creating a positive work environment, Felicia’s diverse skill set makes her a well-rounded individual. Her business education and background help her identify different business needs and human capital solutions.