There are a variety of different ways you can use LinkedIn to find your next employee, from doing an advanced search to posting a status update on your company page.
LinkedIn could prove to be an invaluable tool in helping you find the perfect employee. Take some time to review the following tips, and begin your search immediately.
1. Build Connections
It may seem pretty obvious, but building connections with a variety of different people can help you in your search for the perfect employee. You never know where these connections could lead.
If you have been using LinkedIn for a while, hopefully you've added contacts from previous employment, past clients, people you've met at networking events, or local entrepreneurs you've worked with. In some cases, they may be able to give you a referral. In other cases, there may be people within their networks that would be a good fit for the position you are hiring for.
2. Post A Status Update
Post a status update on your profile and ask people in your network if they know anybody who would be right for the position you are trying to fill. As long as your network is made up of people you know, they should have a pretty good understanding of who you are and what you do. Therefore, they should be able to provide you with worthwhile answers.
3. Post A Company Status Update
Status updates on your company page will go out to your followers. Your followers are likely interested in your industry, so it's possible that some of them are looking for jobs. Maybe they know other people who are seeking for a job. Regardless, the status update should help to get the word out about the opening.
If you can get your followers to engage with the post, your update will be seen by more people. Ask them to 'Like' your update or comment on it to increase its reach.
4. Review Your Company Followers
Take some time to review your company followers from time to time. Again, the people who follow your company are likely interested in your industry, or they are already in a similar line of work. Some of them may be jobseekers too.
Some recruiters have experienced quite a bit of success with this method. It's definitely worth a try.
5. Join Groups
Groups are where discussions happen on LinkedIn. If you aren't part of any groups yet, take some time to search for relevant groups (use keywords) and join them. You may even want to start a new group of your own.
Get involved in job discussions and begin looking for candidates.
6. Post A Job On The Job Board
Posting a job opening to the LinkedIn job board will cost you a bit of money. However, if you have the resources and not a lot of time to search, this might be an option worth looking into. LinkedIn will provide you with a list of applicants that you can scan at your own convenience.
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