HireSignals: COOL STUFF!

June 27th, 2012 | by Jason Alba |

HireSignals is a third party tool that I can’t imagine LinkedIn allowing to continue… even though they should.  Check out this video on how it works. More here.

In short, this tool allows YOU (the job seeker) to say whether you are actively pursuing a new job, or if you don’t want to be bugged.  Then, recruiters can use the app (or, browser plugin) to see who is looking – with pretty clear color coding.

Here’s the original post by founder Feargall Kenny: Linkedin’s key missing link (and what I did about it)…..

It’s worth your time to check out…

The only problem with systems like this is they are pretty much at the mercy of LinkedIn. And that doesn’t always go so well: How LinkedIn betrayed 5-man startup Pealk, and why developers should be concerned [Update: LinkedIn responds]

(Note: this isn’t an official LinkedIn “application”)

  1. 5 Responses to “HireSignals: COOL STUFF!”

  2. By Thomas Kenny on Jun 28, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve often wondered why recruiters contact me even though my LinkedIn contact settings state that I don’t want to receive “Career opportunities”, “Consulting offers”, nor “Job inquires” since I’m currently not in a job search.

    I just checked LinkedIn’s advance search page and was surprised that of all the things you can specify, contact settings is not a search criteria.

    I guess, the recruiter would have to review the contact settings at the end of my LinkedIn page manually rather than include it in search criteria.

    HireSignals is a great solution but it is to bad that LinkedIn doesn’t support contact settings search criteria considering that a user can specify their prefernce.

  3. By Jason Alba on Jun 28, 2012 | Reply

    Tom, you bring up excellent points.

    From my experience and from what I’ve heard, no one really pays attention to the connection settings… I’ve always assumed that the user doesn’t see/adjust them. I think what you are suggesting (include those in the advanced search options) would be respectful to LI users, but if LI did that they would reduce the value proposition they bring to recruiters.

    I wonder if putting a line at the beginning of your Summary would help….?? But really, if a recruiter likes what they see, they’re going to try and court you no matter what. Isn’t that how “passive candidates” are found?

  4. By Thomas Kenny on Jun 28, 2012 | Reply

    Yes, I was suggesting that LinkedIn add contact settings to the search criteria. However, I agree that recruiters probably wouldn’t use it any way. Plus how knows, I may be the only one on LinkedIn that took the time to change my contact settings.

    Regarding “In short, this tool allows YOU (the job seeker) to say whether you are actively pursuing a new job”, I don’t see how that is different from what I’ve already specified within LinkedIn on my contact settings, other than HireSignals providing filtering outside of LinkedIn which might be ignored as well.

    On the other hand, for those in job search indicating they are active may get them more attention, assuming the recruiter isn’t exclusively looking for passive candidates.

    Ahh technology, what a tangled web we’ve weaved :-)

  5. By Paul Burville on Jul 17, 2012 | Reply

    Primer: So I’m on linked in, with 500+ connections, now what? How do I reach out to my connections in such a way as to develop long term, fruitful business relationships?

    I realize there is no singular answer here, but I would love to have some guidelines. For example, dont go straight for the ‘would you like to buy my services?’ approach. I get that, but it seems any other approach is really obvious to the contact that you are clutching at straws on the way to the ultimate question of ‘would you like to buy my services?’…

    Any guidance, even some professional, proven, help would be worthwhile to me.

    I run a recruiting company, with a great reputation. My goal is to extend our services to help additional clients.

  6. By Jason Alba on Jul 18, 2012 | Reply

    Paul, my first question is have you checked out my book, or my DVD, or browsed through this blog? I have tons of advice, and it’s there… waiting for you to get it :)

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