When accepting those rapidly accumulating random LinkedIn connection invitations, I generally also scroll down to peruse my timeline. In doing so, I often notice plenty of job opportunities being posted. Some of these are blasted out by automation tools and others are manually added as a person's LI status update.
Either way, I selectively "like" certain postings that might be relevant to others in my network. If it were me posting, I'd appreciate any further distribution that a simple "like" might offer beyond my immediate reach. Therefore, perhaps mistakenly, I think the posters feel the same. By no means do I expect it, but it is reassuring when the rare poster takes a moment to acknowledge or thank me for sharing their post.
Job seekers are exhorted to go directly to the hiring source whenever possible. And, in contrast to a post and pray approach, direct candidate sourcing is viewed as an integral part of true recruiting. That being the case, it seems suspect that we continue to be bombarded with examples of recruiters being blatantly dismissive of so-called active candidates, while simultaneously proclaiming talent shortages, skills gaps and other impediments in finding the right fit.
Of course not a day goes by that we don't hear about job boards and resumes being dead. There are many purists that believe posting jobs is not recruiting. Others buy into mythological ideas that entities referred to as passive talent are far superior to those untalented, bottom-dwelling active job seekers.
It makes no sense to me to debate that topic as I don't think there is a single right or wrong source of talent or best or worst way to recruit. Nor have I ever found any discernible talent-oriented distinctions between anyone who happens to be looking for a job and those who are not. It all depends on the context of what works best for each circumstance and each person's own proven procedures, tools and techniques. So if that means posting and using job boards to collect resumes, go right ahead.
However, one particularly questionable category of job postings through the above method is recruiter and human resources positions. Through the nature of the work they do recruiters and HR pros are expected to be LI super-users connected through deep and broad networks of their own industry peers and beyond. It strikes me as especially odd to see many of these very types claiming to engage in "direct sourcing" post openings for their own kind as if no such creature exists within their 500+ connections.
Is this a case of buzzword misappropriation? Are these individuals simply indolent? Or, does it smack of irony like multiple ticket scalpers roaming around mere feet from each other holding up signs and verbally attempting to buy and sell tickets between passers by as if those with tickets and those that need tickets are incapable of finding each other?