Is Linkedin Changing the Face of Recruitment?

Is Linkedin Changing the Face of Recruitment?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 10 years, you’ve probably heard a fair bit about the professional social network Linkedin. Its success has changed the working world in many positive ways, allowing us to stay in touch with other professionals and network from the comfort of our desk. But the area most fundamentally affected by the rise of Linkedin has to be that of recruitment, with a vast majority of employers now reporting that they have recruited someone via the online platform.

Outside of Linkedin, the most common way of recruiting for mid to high level experience positions is through head-hunters and search firms. These professionals have a database of potential candidates at their fingertips and are constantly scouting for new talent. This means that when a new position becomes available, the head-hunter can match a potential candidate to the post and act as a mediator between company and employee. The ever-growing usage of Linkedin means that more and more of this personal information stored in headhunter databases is publically available, and so employers are increasingly choosing to recruit independently in this way. But is this a good thing?

Sure, it’s an incredible feat that Linkedin have achieved. Employers now have a seemingly infinite pool of candidates at their disposal, which means that they’re bound to find the right person for the job, right? Not necessarily. Employers choosing to recruit in this way are missing out on the personalised filtration of candidates provided by head-hunters. Admittedly, there are filters available on Linkedin that will allow you to select based upon level of education, experience, amongst other factors, but what is lacking is the human aspect. Linkedin cannot tell you whether a candidate is willing to move for a new opportunity, or whether they are interested in working in the relevant sector. A head-hunter would already know this information before presenting the company with potential candidates, thus preventing time wasted pursuing candidates who were never going to be interested in the first place.

For candidates too, the prevalence of Linkedin based recruitment can pose a problem. With recruiters, candidates only have to have one conversation about their professional goals, flexibility, desired salary etc. whereas when recruitment is done directly between individuals and companies, the candidates are obliged to repeat the same information each time they speak to a new company, often without any results.

Recruitment services provide a personal touch to the whole process. Naturally, a human can understand you and your needs, be you a candidate or an employer, much better than a simple Linkedin search can. Technology is encroaching on a variety of sectors of work, but recruitment is not yet ready for this takeover; it is to be resisted if we want efficient, personalised recruitment rather than a quick fix that ultimately doesn’t work.

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‘Coworking’ : un nouveau phénomène

Vous avez probablement déjà entendu parler d’un nouveau style de travailler qui se fait remarquer autour du monde ; celui du ‘coworking’. Il s’agit d’un type d’organisation de travail : l’espace est partagé, mais le travail ne l’est pas ; autrement dit, on se regroupe avec d’autres professionnels  pour travailler ensemble, mais sur vos propres projets. En outre, les coworkings sont souvent ciblés à un domaine particulier, donc ils attirent des personnes des mêmes sensibilités, ainsi créant un environnement à la fois indépendant et collaboratif. Alors, quels sont les avantages de travailler en coworking ?

  • Le concept se base sur l’idée qu’on se nourrit de la synergie entrainé par un espace de travail partagé ; il y a de fortes chances que vous serez beaucoup plus motivé et énergétique en compagnie d’autres qui partagent vos objectifs, ou même ceux qui sont simplement travailleurs.
  • Beaucoup d’entre eux agissent comme un café au même temps, où vous avez le droit de thé ou café illimité compris dans le tarif horaire. Bien qu’il semble être quelque chose de superflu, ce sont des petits coups de pouce qui vous motivent, ainsi rendant votre travail plus créatif et plus intéressant.
  • Les coworkings fournissent une solution idéale pour les travailleurs indépendants tels que les journalistes ou les traducteurs, par exemple, qui veulent éviter l’isolation de travailler tout seul chez soi. Ces professions, traditionnellement solitaires, peuvent provoquer un dilemme pour les personnes plutôt sociables mais qui se sentent quand même attirés par ces domaines de travail – le coworking est venu à leur secours !
  • Le coworking vous présente une opportunité de faire des rencontres que vous n’auriez pas chez vous. La personne à côté pourrait être votre nouvel associé, ou même un ami proche ! Qui plus est, vous n’aurez jamais être obligé à déjeuner seul lorsque vous êtes entouré par d’autres coworkers.
  • Si vous travaillez en freelance chez vous, vous avez probablement du mal à séparer votre travail de votre vie personnelle. Voilà encore une solution fournie par le coworking ! La distinction des espaces entraine aussi une distinction entre les deux parties de votre vie.
  • Un avantage un peu banal mais néanmoins important est que vous n’aurez jamais à faire face aux problèmes techniques, puisque c’est la responsabilité du propriétaire de l’espace. Alors vous pouvez dire au revoir à être mise en attente par les hotlines et continuez à vous concentrer sur l’important.

Voilà pourquoi vous les freelancers devriez considérer la possibilité de travailler en coworking. Ou, si vous avez marre de travailler en freelance, nous pouvons vous aider à trouver votre nouvel emploi ! Démarrez votre recherche de travail en consultant nos offres, et si vous avez aimé ce blog vous pouvez lire plus ici.

What Makes a Good Candidate?

The job market is as competitive as ever, and when applying for a post you could be up against any number of highly qualified candidates. Sometimes you may think you performed excellently in interview, only to find someone else was offered the job, leaving you asking yourself what sets people apart in a crowd all vying for the same job. Not to worry; we at TM have a great deal of experience in what makes a good candidate, and although requirements of course vary from post to post, there are some golden rules to go by:

  • A good CV

The importance of this cannot be stressed enough. They say first impressions count, and for the vast majority of job applications your CV will be the first thing the employer sees. Luckily for you, some simple superficial tweaks will help you get noticed. Of course the usual advice of making sure everything is clearly presented on one or two sides of A4 applies here, and an additional tip is to place the most important information in the top middle section of the page, where the eye naturally falls first. If you’re stuck, ask someone who has experience in CV selection to take a look at yours and polish it up.

  • Relevant experience

This goes hand in hand with a good CV, and is also extremely variable based on the post you’re applying for. It’s not enough to simply have the experience, you have to know how to present in correctly on your CV and relate it to the job applied for in the interview. If you’re lacking in experience directly relevant to the post, or if it’s your first job, you can consider how your other experience and qualifications taught you transferrable skills that will make you more attractive.

  • Reactivity

Make sure you’re available and responsive when making interview plans. Get email alerts on your phone or make sure you’re by a computer so that you can reply promptly, and if it all possible prioritise the interview over other plans.

  • Presentation

This one is so simple and yet so many can get it wrong! Make sure you’re clean and wearing something simple and professional when you arrive for interview; the level of formality will depend on the company, but as a general rule leave the jeans and t-shirt at home. Also, this isn’t the time to make any bold fashion statements, play it safe with something classic and understated.

  • Good etiquette at interview

This means showing up at the right time, preferably around 5 minutes before the interview is due to start. Don’t worry too much if you’re 5 or 10 minutes late, interviewers understand that problems can arise with transport etc., but under no circumstances should you show up early! It can be quite irritating as your interviewer may well have something planned beforehand. In addition, make sure you remember your basic manners, like standing up to shake your interviewers hand and good eye contact.

These are just some of the simpler steps you take to increase your chances of success when applying for a job, and now you know all of this, why not take a look at our offers and send an application in now? And if you enjoyed this and would like to read more of the same, head over to our blog now.