It is estimated that by 2018, one-third of consumers, worldwide, will be using a smartphone. In the world that I live in, it appears that we have already exceeded that estimate as nearly everyone I encounter appears to have a smartphone surgically attached to their hand. Recruiters hoping to attract top talent, before the competition scoops them up, are utilizing technology in every way possible, which now includes hiring and interviewing apps. This enables the recruiter and the potential candidate to respond quickly and conveniently.
LinkedIn Recruiter App
The most popular app amongst recruiters is the LinkedIn Recruiter App for iOS and Android. As most of you know, LinkedIn is considered to be the #1 place to recruit top talent. The LinkedIn Recruiter App adds to that reputation by having search and sourcing functionalities that are better than what is provided by competitor apps. LinkedIn Recruiter is a free app that gives the user the same types of functionality that the web-based platform offers, such as managing job postings, searching for and reviewing profiles, the ability to add and save notes to candidate profiles and access to over 433 million LinkedIn members. While the Recruiter app is free, you do have to be a LinkedIn Recruiter customer.
Additional Benefits of LinkedIn Recruiter
Over 75% of recruiters and talent managers use some type of recruiting software and/or app, with approximately 94% reporting that it is well worth the effort and added expense. This is based on the functionality and convenience of using the app.
The next generation Recruiter has added features that give recruiters the ability to search even if they have very little knowledge about the skills necessary for certain professions. The recruiter can simply type the profession into the guided search bar and receive a list of the top trending skills necessary for that career, as well as a list of potential candidates. This information will also update in real time.
Additionally, next generation LinkedIn Recruiter has a function called “Spotlight” that lists the potential candidates that are more likely to engage with a recruiter. This is a great starting point for the recruiter, as well as a considerable time saver. These candidates are typically someone who has some type of connection to the organization, making it very worthwhile for job seekers to make connections with people who work at the companies that they are interested in. Also, following the company on LinkedIn is another way of showing up during the spotlight search.
Job Seeker Beware
Something for job seekers to be aware of is the fact that recruiters can see all of your profile information, without you even being aware that someone is checking it (you) out. This is because LinkedIn wants the paying customers – recruiters and businesses – to have the very best LinkedIn experience possible. Just a reminder to make sure you formulate a killer profile.
Rating the App
The current version of LinkedIn Recruiter iOS has thus far received a 4.5 rating (83 reviews) for its well-thought-out design and great functionality. The former version had a rating of 3.5 from over 71,000 reviews, which is how Android users were rating it as well (chart below).
Other LinkedIn Apps
LinkedIn Recruiter app gives the user the ability to engage the best talent, from anywhere and at the recruiter’s convenience. While this app is geared towards recruiters, it is important to note that LinkedIn also has other mobile apps to fit each user’s needs, such as LinkedIn Job Search, LinkedIn Lookup, LinkedIn Learning, LinkedIn SlideShare, and LinkedIn Groups. Check them out!!
Which apps have you used to recruit or to find a job?
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