When LinkedIn first came out with their job posting capabilities, I was all over it, and it was excellent. I would inevitably end up hiring someone off of LinkedIn. But over the last year or so, I started to see the price per posting creep up and the quality of candidates creep down…really down. So far down that I had more applicants applying without a resume than those that did. I may be a bit out of touch with how kids these days are doing it, but I have to think that applying for a job with a resume is still the generally accepted practice. I did receive a lot of resumes from the Middle East and Asia so those applicants are still using the age old practice of applying to a job with a resume. And before anyone points out that people use their LinkedIn profiles as their resumes, I would counter with...If only that were the case. The average LinkedIn job searcher is not using their profile to the full advantage.
My new recruiting source is Indeed.com. I have had a lot of luck so far with this approach and I have yet to pay for a posting. I have been poking around to see what they are offering as a recruiting solution, and as of right now, I am not willing to pay for any of it. This may change.
The job seekers are likely the ones who force the change, not those of us on the recruiting or HR side of things. I hate to admit it but we are hardly on the cutting edge of technology. Believe me, that was hard for me to admit but I have teenagers who disabuse of the notion that I am in any way hip and happening when it comes to technology. I am slowly beginning to see their point, sadly.
So far, Indeed seems to have it right…post a job, receive resumes. They are keeping it simple whereas every other recruiting source has managed to overly complicate this very basic first step. Of course, I will be about 6 months behind when the next effective source kicks in…but I am interested to see if this keep it simple approach will hold for Indeed.