BOSS blog 11.22.13


We want to take this moment to do a little public service announcement. Whether employed, underemployed, an employee or an employer, are you using LinkedIn the way you should be? LinkedIn is still the best way to network with business people, recruit and job search. So when a staffing firm, like B.O.S.S., invites you to connect and shares a new job that directly relates to you, are you connecting, or closing the door?

As a working, fully employed person on LinkedIn, you may think that you don’t need to connect with Recruiters. You are the same person who thinks that they do not need to keep an updated resume on file. To those people, we ask WHY? We’ve seen it happen, when a company just implodes and hundreds of people are let go. Or you finally realize that you would like a change of pace or new career path. We say, use a Recruiter to network for you now! You have Recruiters, asking to connect with you and willing to do the work for you for free. Today, 70% of jobs are found through networking, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. We will reach out to you when we find a job that fits your credentials and appeals to your interests. Until then, no harm, no foul. You don’t get fired for connecting with a Recruiter, just as you don’t get fired for having your resume saved on your desktop, right?

Let’s switch gears. As an employer, placing people in positions at a company, you should always have one ear open to new candidates. Recruiters are constantly receiving new candidates who are looking to find a new position but don’t have the resources or knowledge to do it. Let us help you. We have a pool of candidates and can connect with you when we have one that is a solid fit for your company. Today, 97% of Recruiters use LinkedIn to find candidates and with 200 million users, we have the means to find candidates.

Instead of looking at invitations from Recruiters as invasive or panicking that coworkers will think you are quitting, connect! It doesn’t hurt to have a Recruiter know your ambitions and keep you in mind for future positions. This way, if necessary, you aren’t digging for any job, panicked and unemployed. Because let’s face it, in today’s economy, it would be foolish not to be prepared for a layoff, merger or new manager. You have a Recruiter on your side, ready to help you and reaching out to you. We are here to take that stress off of your shoulder by job searching “silently” for you.

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