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Social media has changed the way recruiters conduct business.  Of course, the social media platform that’s most popular with executive recruiters is LinkedIn, which touts itself as “The world’s largest professional network.”

Although LinkedIn is popular with recruiters, how integral is it to the recruiting process?  In other words, how valuable is LinkedIn to the process that recruiters use to find and successfully recruit candidates for their clients’ job orders?

Well, it just so happens that we have answers to these questions.

We recently conducted a survey of Top Echelon Network recruiters, and that survey was based upon the following question:

How valuable is LinkedIn as a tool for your recruiting process?


The choice of answers that were provided is listed below, along with the percentage of recruiters who selected each answer:

  • Extremely valuable — 55.0%
  • Somewhat valuable — 31.7%
  • Not that valuable — 5.0%
  • I’m undecided. — 3.3%
  • I don’t use LinkedIn for my recruiting process. — 5.0%


Recruiter SurveyAs one might guess, the majority of recruiters believe that LinkedIn is valuable to their recruiting process to some degree.  Over half (55%) chose “extremely valuable” as their answer, while 31.7% selected “somewhat valuable.”

However, that still leaves 13.3% of survey participants who don’t find value in LinkedIn.  In fact, 5% of participants have not made LinkedIn part of their recruiting process.

So while LinkedIn has definitely become the social media platform of choice for executive recruiters, not ALL recruiters consider it to be a “sourcing nirvana.”  (But the majority?  Absolutely.)


How important is LinkedIn to YOUR recruiting process?  Did you participate in the survey described above?  If not, what’s your answer?

Top Echelon is pleased to announce that Hiring Hook websites for recruiters is now offering an ‘Apply with LinkedIn’ button that job seekers and candidates can use to apply for a job on a Hiring Hook website with their mobile device.

More and more candidates are applying for jobs through a smartphone or tablet, and that’s why Hiring Hook has added this button to simplify the nomination process.

Apply with LinkedInWhen job seekers and candidates apply for a job through their mobile device, filling out long forms can be rather cumbersome and sometimes aggravating.  Not only that, but uploading a standard resume file is almost impossible.

That’s why, effective immediately, when a candidate or job seeker connects to your website via a mobile device and applies for one of your positions, they’ll be asked to ‘Apply with LinkedIn.’  Please note the following three points about this new functionality:

  1. If the job seeker or candidate is not logged into LinkedIn when they apply for your job, they’ll first be prompted to do so.
  2. Hiring Hook will extract as much information as possible from the job seeker or candidate’s LinkedIn profile.
  3. At the present time, this functionality is ONLY available to job seekers and candidates who apply for a job through their mobile device.  For those applying for a job through a personal or laptop computer, the nomination process will remain the same.

This is just another way that Hiring Hook is making it easier for you to attract qualified candidates for your open job orders.

If you have any questions about this new functionality, feel free to use the comments section at the end of this blog post.

For more information about the Hiring Hook Job Board for recruiting websites, call 330.455.1433.

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Greg DoerschingWe held another FREE recruiting webinar this week, and it was another big success!  That webinar was by Greg Doersching of the Griffin Group, and it was titled “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something True.”

Doersching has presented quite a few webinars for Top Echelon before, and he’s also served as the keynote speaker at Top Echelon Network conference, conventions, and regional meetings.  (Like in Florida in 2006.)

In addition, Doersching is one of the most popular speakers and trainers in the recruitment industry today, owing in large part to this wealth of experience, keen insight, and down-to-earth approach to the profession.

Below is the official description of “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something True”:

Join Greg Doersching as he walks you through four key tactical points necessary for managing an effective and efficient recruiting desk:

Something Old—True headhunting: digging behind Linkedin to get to the people you want.

Something New—Turning interview debriefs into a more dedicated activity.

Something Borrowed—The best bit from a recent webinar Greg attended on LinkedIn techniques that can help you get those “hidden” names faster.

Something True—The world of recruiting will drastically change during the next five years, and Greg will show you what you need to do NOW to capitalize on it.

This is one session you don’t want to miss!

The liver webinar may be over, but we recorded it!  All you have to do is click the link below and follow the instructions.  You’ll be able to watch the webinar as it streams in your Internet browser.  Below is a link to the recorded version of “Something Old, Something New”:

Watch ‘Something Old, Something New’!

Top Echelon offers FREE training webinars for recruitment throughout the year, so be sure to subscribe to the Recruiter Training Blog (and read The Pinnacle) for more information!