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Asked by Jessica on August 10, 2016

Has an employee ever been hired from their LinkedIn page or from a new LinkedIn connection?

Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at The Hershey Company, on August 12, 2016

Great question! Yes, I have actually found quite of few candidates from LinkedIn who ended up getting hired. Lots of recruiters use LinkedIn as a source to find potential candidates. It is possible and LinkedIn is a great tool to use to network and find a job. It’s always good to make sure you profile is up to date. Think of your LinkedIn profile as your resume. You also want to make sure to have a professional picture. It’s important because you want to seem approachable. Best of luck!

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Answered by Aliyah, Hiring Expert at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, on August 15, 2016

Absolutely and this trend is not stopping. I hire employees from their LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is mostly free for Recruiters and Hiring Managers to search for profiles related to the key word search for a candidate and is viewable. As a recruiter, it is like having access to another database of potential candidates I would like to reach out to and I do via messaging. I like to look at where you worked, the schools you attended and sometimes what groups of interest you belong to, courses you have taken, projects if you list any or what your references have to say about you.
You may not know to apply to all the positions you are a great fit for, but a recruiter can find you based on matching key words to introduce you to your dream job and eventually hire you!

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Answered by Sylvia, Hiring Expert at Hewlett-Packard, on August 15, 2016

Absolutely! Recruiters love LinkedIn. It's a great resource for sourcing talent. Keep your profile updated and robust. Many companies also use LinkedIn job postings regularly and that's a great resource for you when you are looking for new opportunities. 

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Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on August 16, 2016

Yes! Here at AT&T many of our Talent Acquisition team members use LinkedIn as a tool to identify potential employees, connect and share opportunities with them. I also know of several hiring managers that share opportunities with their personal networks on LinkedIn and engage with potential employees through LinkedIn about employment opportunities. I personally frequent LinkedIn as a recruiting source to contact potential employees and some of those people have been hired on with us as a result. I have also had LinkedIn connections refer people to me that they thought were a good match with our opportunities. So to sum it all up, it does happen!

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Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on August 17, 2016

Absolutely! With the unemployment rate declining, LinkedIn is a very useful tool for recruiters because they often times have to proactively seek candidates instead of waiting on applications. I know several recruiters who use LinkedIn to seek out applicants for full-time and internship positions that result in job offers. By building out your LinkedIn profile, you will be a more desirable candidate to recruiters and easily searchable by keywords or other fields. In addition, the more connections you have, the more visibility your profile will have since you will have more second and third degree connections.

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Answered by Kate, Hiring Expert at ADP, on August 18, 2016

Great question and the answer is yes! You don't want to add 100s of connections daily, but you want to make the right connections into companies you've research or have applied to jobs. Don't just send a general email that LinkedIn uses as a standard, make yourself standout in 300 words or less of why you want to connect with someone on LinkedIn. This will start a conversation that could lead to an interview and even a job! Good luck! 

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Answered by Rachael, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on September 8, 2016

Absolutely! LinkedIn is a very powerful resource and many companies uses it as one of their primary resources to identify qualified entry level to Sr. Management prospects. Following are some of our reasons why you should always keep your profile relevant and updated:
• As the unemployment rate decreases companies and recruiters are finding it more difficult to identify qualified candidates for their jobs. To fill the open positions, recruiters proactively search through their networks and connect with qualified talents that might not be even actively seeking job opportunities.
• One stop shop: For the hiring manager/recruiter, LinkedIn provides all the tools necessary to understand you as a potential candidate. For example, the About column gives an insight on candidates career goals, work experience gives me details on what type of projects you worked on and finally the references where your coworkers and managers are telling why should someone hire you.
• Finally use it as a resource to reach your career goals: By keeping your profile updated you can use it as a portfolio to showcase your work and network with experts in the industry which will function as second sets of eyes in the job market.

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