When the search is on for a new position at your company, you’ve probably already got your ideal candidate in mind.
You know what skills you want this person to bring to the table, how many years experience the ideal candidate should have, and more. If you’ve been a LinkedIn member for any amount of time, you’ve probably built up a bit of a professional network of your own. To find a new hire, start by reaching out to your own network.
Are you already connected to someone who would be ideal for the position you’re recruiting for? Do you know if some of your contacts are in touch with ideal candidates for the job you’re trying to fill?
To find your contacts, sign in to LinkedIn, click the “Contacts” tab in the main navigation menu, then click “My Connections.” From this page, you can search your contacts alphabetically, by company, location, industry, and activity in your network to find the best candidate for the job.
Search for Potential Candidates
In addition to tapping into your own network, you can easily search the entire LinkedIn member database for potential recruits. LinkedIn’s simple search can be found throughout the entire website on the top-right of the page. You can choose to search by “People” which only gives you the ability to search a person’s name.
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Jessica McLaughlin: Jessica is a digital media professional in Toronto, Canada with broad experience in web—particularly social media, online communities, content development and blogging. Jessica has worked for many major Canadian broadcasters, including YTV, Food Network, and HGTV.