Recently, I had the honor of moderating a panel discussion at LinkedIn’s Talent Connect Vegas 2013 Conference on the topic of “Driving Success with LinkedIn as a Small or Mid-Sized Company”.
The esteemed panelists I had the pleasure of working with included:
Angie McDonald – Vice President of Human Resources, Realogy Holdings Group
M.T. Ray – Senior Director of Global Recruiting, ExactTarget
Arnaud Kermouche – Manager of Talent Acquisition, Uni-Select, Inc.
The following video is from our session (some subscribers may need to click here to view) and I’ve also summarized some key points from the session below the video and the time increments for each question/response.
Whether you’re using LinkedIn for recruiting, employer branding or employee engagement via a free account or using paid LinkedIn Talent Solutions, I promise you’ll find the experiences, tips and suggestions shared by these successful Talent Acquisition leaders helpful!
00:00 – 07:00 Introductions
07:01 – 13:40 Describe the evolution of LinkedIn’s role in your Talent Strategy and how it’s grown over time.
ExactTarget – Today, 95% of ET employees are on LinkedIn and over 50% of openings are filled by employee referrals.
Uni-Select – LinkedIn is now a cornerstone in the employer brand strategy and is used to increase visibility.
Realogy – Started small and had to demonstrate ROI to be able to invest more in LinkedIn. Now use LinkedIn to find candidates and fill jobs domestically and internationally.
13:41 – 22:04 How did you get your leadership to buy-in and invest in LinkedIn?
Uni-Select – Worked with LinkedIn to understand candidates, to listen to them and improve communications.
Realogy – Filled key positions in the UK and Hong Kong that would have previously been filled by outside agencies.
ExactTarget – Showed significant dollar savings in agency fees and was able to invest more in an internal sourcing team.
22:05 – 29:43 How has using LinkedIn impacted your talent acquisition efforts?
Uni-Select – Able to attract and hire for C-level and VP positions directly.
ExactTarget – Have basically stopped using agencies domestically and have had success with some international hires.
Realogy – Use LinkedIn as a strategic tool to make business proposals and present data to inform hiring managers.
29:44 – 33:22 How much of a component is LinkedIn in your Talent Acquisition strategy?
ExactTarget – At least 50%. Able to target passive talent, get employee referrals and use it for employer branding.
Realogy – LinkedIn is part of a diverse talent acquisition strategy.
Uni-Select – LinkedIn is third highest source of applicants.
33:23 – 37:13 What does the future hold for your Talent Acquisition efforts?
Realogy – Understand how to utilize mobile and also how to work more closely with hiring managers.
ExactTarget – Social recruiting in general – not just LinkedIn, but also Twitter, Instagram and other social sites.
Uni-Select – A recruiting video and communicating more effectively with employees so they can be Ambassadors for the company on LinkedIn.
37:14 – 41:30 How are you engaging your employees to recruit the talent you need?
Uni-Select – Uses lunch and learn sessions.
ExactTarget – Partnering with hiring managers and teaching them how to use LinkedIn to share jobs.
Realogy – Provides tips on how employees can improve their Profile and how franchisors can improve their Pages to get more followers and attract people to the company.
42:00 – 53:00 Audience Q&A
More great tips and info from the panelists and audience members on getting the most out of LinkedIn, getting started with a LinkedIn strategy, proving ROI and dealing with push-back from Marketing or other departments who aren’t supportive of developing an employer brand.
53:01 – 53:16 Thanks and goodbye!
Thanks to LinkedIn for once again providing a great learning and connecting experience at their annual conference!
It’s never too early to register for Talent Connect 2014 in San Francisco October 20 – 22, 2014!
Unbridled Talent LLC is a consulting and advisory firm providing services to clients in the areas of leadership development, executive communication skills and talent strategy. Jennifer McClure offers keynotes, workshops and training that inspire and teach business leaders to be more effective in their careers and as leaders of their organization’s most valuable resource – people. Contact us to schedule an event or to discuss our strategic consulting and advisory services.