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ICM’s research into the user habits of those who are ‘active’ on LinkedIn (i.e. those with an up-to-date profile) indicates that recruiters face challenges beyond identifying potential candidates with an up-to-date record.
With almost one in 10 (9%) admitting to exaggerating their career achievements on their profile, it also begs the question how much credence can recruiters give to the skills and experiences recorded by LinkedIn users?
The research also looks at the use of personal recommendations, one of the capabilities of the LinkedIn system. 10% of active users have secured a recommendation by offering to write one in return. 8% have written a “flattering” recommendation for someone by way of a “favour”, but also because they felt obliged to do so.
Maurice Fyles, Research Director at ICM, says: “From our interviews with professional recruiters it is evident that they find LinkedIn a useful way of identifying and engaging potential candidates who might previously have remained unknown to them. It also seems that they aware of some of the ways it is being used and misused and approach the information on LinkedIn with a healthy amount of skepticism. Our research confirms they are right to be cautious.”
[Thanks to the HR Review for this research report]
So what is the learning for those who are job searching?
- Well keep your profile up to date
- Be alive in Linked in, that will increase your chances of a recruiter choosing to phone you
- Don't ask for loads of recommendations and avoid doing 'tit for tat' ones
- Be careful about who you link with, can a recruiter see a community in your contacts or just miscellaneous contacts
- It is OK to ask to link with people you don't know.. if you have a genuine reason to link with them
- Make sure that what you say on LI is the same info as on your CV, if you have two different versions it will set hares running.