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LinkedIn as a Retention Tool

By now there are so many recruiters on LinkedIn that it is pretty clear it works as a recruitment tool. But what about as a retention tool?

The first clue I had about this was that a when a staff member was preparing to leave a company they tend to start pumping out the recommendations (and more selfishly, requests for recommendations). The best way to get great recommendations is to first write them for others, and I think the key points are best covered here. The same rules as resumes apply, don’t waffle and put in hard facts where possible. If an HR Manager starts seeing their employees engage in this mass-recommendation tactic then the warning lights should be on, just as they would be on if you saw them tidying up their CV at work.

On a similar note you might notice that the employees are becoming more connected to a competitive organisation, this could be as blatant as linking to a competitor’s recruitment manager or an industry recruiter. Again the real world parallel is seeing them having coffee downstairs with one of these people.

The LinkedIn company pages are also a great retention tool. For example looking at the company profile gives the HR manager a guide as to where their people are coming from and going to. The popular profiles might also suggest who is networking hard (or being recruited aggressively) within your company. It would help to keep this page up to date, it might be something that potential hires would find useful. I might have a crack at updating it now, I see LinkedIn have added the ability to upload company logos and company blog RSS feeds, cool!

Folding Update

Just a quick update regarding my folding progress! If you have been watching my folding statistics on the left of this site you will have noticed that I have achieved my goal of breaking into the top 100 folders for Overclockers Australia. Seeing as OCAU are currently running 2nd in the world for folding that
is quite a solid effort. It was helped by the fact that I won FBOX57, the 57th box given away as a prize for loyal folders (you can see the announcement here). The box is a late model p4 that seems to ripping up the FU’s at the moment.

So what else is new? Well I am working full time now, and we celebrated another year with another great xmas party at the Quay Grand down at Circular Quay. After lunch we moved up to the bar there, I found a picture of the view:

It is pretty crazy to think that I am one of the longest serving employees at Naiman Clarke, it has been almost 3 years now! Speaking of which we have just launched a new website, please take a look and tell me what you think. Over the holidays I will be performing some more work on the server and back-end software, hopefully the front-end will stay pretty stable for some time to come. It is a really exciting time for me as the work I have been doing for the last 12 months is finally coming to fruitition. It will be really great to see it all in action. I believe that in 6 months time (once the bugs are all gone and all features are operational) we will have the most advanced recruitment system ever created. Well I might be arrogant, but what is the point in aiming for 2nd best? 🙂

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