And I'm not even done with my first cup of coffee on a Monday morning, checking through my emails.. and get this interesting email from LinkedIn:
"Based on information provided in your LinkedIn profile, you have been selected to contribute your expertise to a survey on recruiting.
Please note, this survey is somewhat different, perhaps more challenging, than other surveys you may have taken in the past as you will be asked to complete several different, yet somewhat seemingly similar tasks. Rest assured, these tasks are different and the exercise will help us to develop enhanced products for you.
The deadline to participate in this 5-7 minute survey is Tuesday, March 27th, or until we receive enough qualified responses."
As I'm answering the questions on the "somewhat different, more challenging" survey, I'm getting frustrated. The survey essentially is LinkedIn's way of gauging 1) are you a decision maker in your company on recruiting tools and 2) How much would you pay for a LinkedIn Database/ATS. They don't call it an ATS or CRM, but that's where they are headed. The questions were around how much I use and value sourcing/posting from Careerbuilder, The Ladders, Monster, Indeed, Simplyhired, and Craigslist. Wanting to know if I paid for the resource or if it's free and how much value do I place on it. Would I value the ability to have multiple job folders to save candidates, shared information amongst team members, ease of adding new licenses, etc. Would I prefer when I search that only 1st-3rd connections come back or how much would I pay to do it all. There were 6 questions on pricing and how much I would pay to search LinkedIn. Ugh!!
**quick update** Your comment reminded me that we also received an email from one of our ATS vendors about the API change, asking us to call/write LI to complain. I'm sure this will affect all ATS/CRM vendors. They did mention something about having to sign a commercial contract with LI to keep the API.. would like to know what that means.. if it's a cost the vendor will have to pay, I'm sure that will get handed down to the users.
Okay.. I'm off my soapbox.. and I knew this day would come.. just wishful thinking it would have lasted longer. I do have a question... how long do you think professionals will continue posting their information on LinkedIn as it becomes just another job board?