Earlier this week, LinkedIn launched an app to help students, on their road to finding a job after college. Just a few days later, the company revamped its Recruiter app – although this doesn’t seem to be connected to the launch of LinkedIn Students.
LinkedIn Recruiter was launched late last year, and is already allegedly being used by over 40,000 companies and it’s available on both iOS and Android. With the app, recruiters can search for potential employees by job titles, LinkedIn profiles, and specific characteristics. Searching by name gives them the best candidates for a position.
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They can also search by specific skills, what companies prospective employees have worked for in the past, where they have studied as well as their location. Finally, they can add specific keywords to the search. Having tested this approach, LinkedIn has reported 17% fewer searches, and profile views per search down 42%. This is taken as a sign that searches are producing the right results.
Rah Daya, the company’s Senior product manager for search explained the process further, and said that a recruiter won’t need to know how to develop a complex search string to do a good search.
Let’s say you’re interested in hiring a project manager who is PMP-certified (project management professional), but you don’t know all of the terms to include in your search. Once you enter “project manager” into the search bar, Recruiter will prompt you to select a location and then will suggest trending skills that are most common for people on LinkedIn with that same title.
Have you ever used LinkedIn Recruiter? If so, have you noticed the change?