Jerry Albright Gives LinkedIn 3 Years Before They (?? Die??)

November 7th, 2012 | by Jason Alba |

Jerry Albright is a big name in the recruiting world.

Check out his comment on the post about LinkedIn retiring events:

“I’ll give Linkedin 3 more years tops.  They’ve taken a product the recruiting world built for them – and are slowly but surely cutting out the very people who made it happen.”

This is really profound.  Jerry has been in the recruiting world for a long time.  He has a well-respected voice.  If this perception of what LinkedIn is doing, and has done, prevails amongst recruiters, it could mean LinkedIn is in for some turbulent times.

What do you think?

  1. 8 Responses to “Jerry Albright Gives LinkedIn 3 Years Before They (?? Die??)”

  2. By Sophie Lagacé on Nov 7, 2012 | Reply

    I have found LinkedIn to be a huge disappointment. It really only ever catered to a few narrow types of needs and interests, and the conversation was swamped by useless, desperate people shouting about their non-existent expertise in make-believe specialities. I tried for a few years to keep up with the whole questions, groups, links thing but I was wasting too much time and getting too little in return. It’s probably still useful to those who fall within the target group, for now.

  3. By Jason Alba on Nov 7, 2012 | Reply

    Which means for you, and others like you, they don’t even have 3 years. For you+them, it’s over.

    It will be interesting what they try and do over the next 3 years to rectify that…

  4. By Will Kintish on Nov 8, 2012 | Reply

    Help, Jerry, what am I missing? I thought and still do think it is a godsend for HR and recruiters

  5. By John E. Bredehoft on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    LinkedIn cannot disappear until something emerges to take its place, in the same way that LinkedIn replaced Monster.

    I don’t see that any of the Facebook-hosted apps really offer anything that replaces LinkedIn. I’m on BranchOut, but have been unable to figure out how to navigate within it.

  6. By Frank1 on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    Sophie, I think your comment (whilst true in many cases), is a generalization. But I agree, people should use Linkedin as a NETWORKING tool and not self interest and promotions platform. There’s no reason why you, or anyone else can’t do that. It’s a matter of limiting your connections, and then actually networking with people you know.

  7. By Mitch Sullivan on Mar 13, 2014 | Reply

    Some of that same recruiting world that helped build LinkedIn is now working inhouse and still are being catered for.

    It seems to me that all LinkedIn are doing is segmenting.

    I think for the long term evolution of the recruitment industry, the agency sector being squeezed out of LinkedIn would, in the long run, be a good thing.

    It would sort out the men from the boys.

  8. By Martin Snyder on Mar 14, 2014 | Reply

    Recruiting is an elite sales performance, always will be. A job is identity, security, social position; far higher stakes than a pile of sticks or a hunk of metal. Nobody will be switching tribes in meaningful roles without competent human interaction to guide both the person switching and the new tribe…

    Looking at what happened in real estate, were agents disintermediated by the Internet? Not at all; the weak agents went away, and the strong agents are doing three times the business.

    LinkedIn is currently full of hubris- feeling like a monopolist, always quick to monetize first, ask questions later. Quick to exclude or deny, because what are you going to do about it? Monster had its day of similar thinking, and emerged years later more humbled and perhaps more resilient for the long-term. LinkedIn will have a similar experience. Not everyone uses it now, and the social permission people used to have from employers to maintain their employment profiles has eroded- these days, sudden increases in LinkedIn activity are a sure sign someone is looking….

    In fact, LinkedIn’s evolution has so increased the volume and decreased the quality of recruiter interactions that it has only strengthened the value-add of top recruiters- those people with the “knack” to make placements happen…and most people, to say the least, do not have that ability….

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