I use LinkedIn a lot. Their database is tremendous, and I believe that owe it to my clients to make sure I use this resource to identify candidates.
My concern, however, is how LinkedIn does everything in its power to protect its data. I probably would do the same thing if I were LinkedIn, and this is why they're so profitable, but are they exploiting people?
Personally, I feel that the network takes advantage, and I can't justify paying for their top tier premium packages. They're way overpriced in my opinion
Personally, I think the inmail is the best tool, and of course, they keep that to 50 even with the top recruitment package.
$5K per year is a lot of money for 50 inmails. Yes, I know about the other features, but I still question whether recruiters are getting enough value in return for these types of fees.
Any opinions on this issue? I look forward to hearing them.
They can afford to gouge you, they have what you want.
Personally, I have always used LinkedIn, know how to get around and find people, and haven't ever paid a dime for it. You've got a phone, why are you depending on InMails?
I use the Recruiter level and yes, I cringe each month as I get the email notice saying my poor little credit card has been charged. BUT:
All that said, I'm not as enamored of the job slot they have. I'm thinking of dropping that one. So I'm not a total shill for LinkedIn. :)
And Sandra is right. We get paid for our expertise. Why shouldn't they?
I'm glad this posted. I posted a question about this the other day, and then got a call from a rep at LI who went over the recruiter package with me. I did try to ask him some questions about the differences between the types of accounts on their site - 3 "Talent" types and 3 "Business" types. He said those were just "old plans" and the LI Recruiter is what I should get. Well, I think the advice I got the other day from people here and what I have read has helped to decide that next week I am signing up for either a Talent Basic or Business Plus account. I'm going with a monthly plan to see if I like it. If anyone has used these 2 kinds of accounts and thinks one type is better then the other, let me know!
John - I guess everyone would have to decide if the price was worth what they could get from it. I agree with those who said if you can use it to make placements, it would definitely be well worth the price. Since I haven't made a placement or found a new client using LI, I'm going to go with one of these plans to see if it gives me a feel as to whether the LI Recruiter account is feasible and reasonable for us to pay $11,160/yr for 3 of us.
I don't know the name of the plan I have, but I think it is talent finder basic....pretty fair fee and I'm working on getting it refunded each month by the company, so a good thing