Given the ridiculous fees and obstacles created by LinkedIn over the past 3 years; Would an alternative site that was designed to be more open (with recruiting in mind) be something that the larger talent acquisition community would support? I would love to hear what other think on this topic.
Every real headhunter I know, myself included, uses LinkedIn as well as other tools. Why on earth wouldn't you? That's like saying real headhunters don't use email, they just fax....that's how essential LinkedIn can be.
Any tool that gets you to the right people more quickly should be part of your toolbox. Otherwise, you could be at a serious disadvantage. Why make things harder than they have to be?
Jennifer Kelly said:
How about getting off all sites? Go train under a real headhunter that bills 500-1mil+ a year. They don't waste their time with linkedin or any other social site.
As networks become larger, there is a need for narrow focussed groups or networks. (RecruitingBlogs.com is a good example)
Here is an interesting article on alternatives to Facebook
The problem with LinkedIn is they haven't figured out how to monetize their content. They do have a TON of content, both from the exhaustive profiles of job seekers and recruiters, and their status updates. Yet their revenue model is based upon subscription services- not as dynamic as something like targeted ads (like FB) which they could have done (and may still do).
They must make money somehow, so right now it's charging for subscriptions. Maybe that will one day change.
What we will start seeing very soon are niche networks that do a much better job of connecting with quality candidates, similar to the spin offs that we have seen in job boards. And, there are lots of better ways to monetize this than charging for Inmails (way too limiting). And now charging the job seeker - if you haven't noticed see http://www.linkedin.com/subscriptionv2?displayProducts=&family=...
It is kind of defeating the whole idea of a "social" network. Would you go to a BYOB party that also had a cover charge.
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Jason Elkin said:
Exactly. And given that we (recruiters) are 80%+ of their revenue stream don't you think that they might want to make it a bit more cost and user friendly to us? Or maybe they suffer from the same pride that Monster.com had a few years ago?
I think that as a profession we owe it to ourselves to explore alternatives and not simply give into a standard that we had little influence in shaping.
LinkedIn and nearly every media outlet that covered the IPO expressly stated that recruiters are the primary (if not only) revenue source for LinkedIn.
We need an alternative.