The recruitment industry’s integration with technology is on the verge of reaching fever pitch. New research from Randstad has shown how the younger generations are changing the ways in which they interact with recruiters, with 71% opting to deal directly with the employer and 59% turning to social media.
So, when looking for a job, where do the younger candidates turn? The answer is LinkedIn. The site currently hosts over 500million active users, 85% of whom it claims are passively open to new opportunities – a statistic the company has doubled down with the release of its new set of business tools, all of which are focused on offering candidates further clarity into the job searching process and their earning potential.
But with millions of prospective candidates being offered higher-paying positions on a weekly basis, doesn’t that make the job of the recruiter more complex? According to Becky Vieites, Head of Resourcing at John Lewis, if the job’s done properly, LinkedIn’s tools can still fuel a candidate search. She said: "LinkedIn has multiple benefits for us. Firstly, as a head-hunting tool for our resourcing team and additionally, as a platform for reaching active and passive candidates. It supports one of our key business aims of reaching the widest possible talent pool."