SHORTLIST: LinkedIn best of the bunch, but still buggy for recruiters, says sourcing expert

Source: Shortlist News

LinkedIn is the best social media site available for recruiters but a lack of competition has allowed the company to be “sloppy”, says international sourcing expert Irina Shamaeva.

Speaking at the Australasian Sourcing Summit in Sydney yesterday, Shamaeva, partner and chief sourcer at Silicon Valley recruitment firm Brain Gain, said Twitter was a good employer branding and marketing tool but wasn’t suited for recruitment. Google Plus had the potential to be very useful, but currently had only a small and not particularly active user base, and Facebook had been successfully used by only a few recruiters, and needed to be combined with other tools.

LinkedIn was the best of the social media tools available for recruiters, said Shamaeva; however it was still “extremely buggy” and delivered a “confusing user experience”. Trying to execute certain searches or actions sometimes resulted in error messages, Shamaeva said, and in many cases the errors persisted over time. “LinkedIn can allow themselves to be… sloppy in this kind of way and charge a lot of money… because there’s no competition,” she said. Read more