Recruiting, Transformation – and Phil Collins

February 9, 2011


Change. It surrounds us daily. Evolution. It's the natural order of things. For some, however, change can prompt feelings of uncertainty and reluctance--in spite of the short and long-term benefits that can be reaped.

“Uncertain” best describes my frame of mind as I recall my initial perception of LinkedIn as a potential tool for recruiters in 2005. At that time, LinkedIn was one of a handful of web-based professional networking sites used to manage business contacts. With MySpace dominating the social networking scene (imagine!), LinkedIn played second fiddle to the ever popular and growing social meet-up and networking online site.

As hard to believe as it may seem now, many still had not heard of LinkedIn as a dynamic business networking tool. I had established a LinkedIn account two years prior, and I was guarded yet cautiously optimistic about the tool. I thought it had the potential to be a one-of-a-kind approach to talent sourcing by taking a forward-thinking concept of reaching out to applicants who didn't necessarily want to be found.

A couple of years later, it truly was by chance that I stumbled across LinkedIn Recruiter. What a discovery! In a handful of weeks I realized that I had just added a unique tool to my recruiting arsenal, giving my team and me a huge advantage over our industry counterparts and cutting recruiting expenses almost in half.

Whether you are a new or existing client, LinkedIn’s Recruiting Solutions are scalable for just about any organization. You also have the flexibility to purchase a solution that is right for you and your budget.  As a tenured customer, I have experienced first-hand how LinkedIn’s  services have evolved and expanded over time to meet the various needs of companies (ranging from start-up to mid and large size entities) and industries for which I have worked.  With so many options now available, it might seem overwhelming—but you can easily consult with a LinkedIn representative who can help navigate you through the products or better yet, speak to other recruiters though your LinkedIn network who can share their personal experiences and successes with you.

For new users of LinkedIn's Corporate Recruiting Solutions, heed this simple advice as you explore a whole new way of talent sourcing...

Everything will become clear to you
When you see things through
another's eyes
Everything will become clear to you
Whatever's meant for you, you will find.
~Phil Collins, lyrics from Transformation

Happy hunting!

Marie C. Norman is Director of Recruiting for the Silicon Valley office of Resources Global Professionals, the only professional services firm dedicated to helping clients change their business from the inside out.  The firm’s expertise spans all parts of a global enterprise - finance and accounting, information management, human capital, supply chain management, legal and internal audit.