LinkedIn Corporate (Sourcing) Solution

November 25th, 2008 by Livingston | Print LinkedIn Corporate (Sourcing) Solution

I’ve been tinkering with LinkedIn’s corporate solution for the past 6-7 months and can easily say that the ability to search the (entire) rapidly growing LI population warrants the purchase of a single seat.  The free account only lets members search and view up to 3 degrees of the LI population, and growing one’s network to view more members can be timely and diminish the value of a members personal network.  LIONs (LinkedIn Open Networkers) are a good way to rapidly grow your network, but the jury’s still out on the value of this rapid growth.  At one point I read something like 100,000 new members are joining the network per week, now it looks as though they are “currently adding new members at one per second, 24 hours a day, seven days a week”.  (604,800 per week)

However, as far as a recruiting collaboration tool, the ability to share job and project folders alone does not justify purchasing a seat for every recruiter or sourcer on the recruiting team.   A few nice features include bulk emails, exporting to csv or pdf documents and more InMails (50 per month with rollover) to play with that do add some value.  There will need to be more flexibility and features that incorporate more employees involved with the hiring process before the corporate solution will trump other talent acquisition systems (ATS and VMS), but it is a must have for sourcing.

While you can’t have multiple IP addresses (users) on a single seat, this may give rise to adjusting the recruiting team and building that sourcing team you’ve always wanted..

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