There were so many interesting comments in response to my recent thoughts on LinkedIn that I thought I’d post a follow up. The revolution it would seem is well under way. It was good to hear from John who has just successful landed a VP of Engineering role by using his LinkedIn profile rather than having a CV (well resume in his case!). I was also very interested in Jacco’s comment about the ING job site which is already allowing candidates to upload their Linkedin profile as part of the application process. Finally Peter Gold pointed out the widgetisation of the site, something that reminded me to add a link on the blog to my own LinkedIn profile.
Revolution it may be, but this week I also got proof that the UK recruitment industry still isn’t embracing the site as it should. The extremely well connected Louise at UK Recruiter asked permission to publish my email address in her newsletter and on her blog so that her connections / readers could link to me on LinkedIn as an “Open Connector” . The response was brilliant and I got over a hundred new connections in a couple of days. I was surprised though that such a small percentage of these came from the UK. It’s certainly not always the case with online recruitment but, in this instance, it would seem that they are a significant distance ahead of us in the US.
I’m still convinced though that this is going to change and when it does what are the longer term implications? What’s the future for job board CV databases, CV writing services, CV Parsing companies etc etc. Are they ready, with their future strategies already mapped out, or will they be caught on the back foot? Would certainly be interested in people’s thoughts.
Finally a new equation for you and a taster of an article that I’m currently working on for another site
Valid for the moment but the continuing uptake of Ning could certainly make the algebra a bit more complex in the near future!