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LinkedIn Hits 300 Million Users, Expects 50% of Traffic to Come From Mobile

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This shouldn’t surprise any talent acquisition professionals, but LinkedIn announced on their blog that they have officially reached 300 million users worldwide. 100 million of those users are based in the US.

In the same announcement, they predict that later this year, mobile traffic will make up 50% of all visits to the site. That’s a significant number, especially when one considers that, five years ago, LinkedIn had just launched their first mobile application. Today, daily mobile use on the network includes an average of 15 million profile views, 1.45 million job views, and 44,000 job applications made in over 200 countries.

What else has changed during the last 5 years?

  • Five years ago, males made up 61% of the network. They now make up 56%.
  • The top five industries represented have changed. Information Technology and Services is still in the top spot. However, the other four industries listed didn’t appear in the previous list.
  •  The US still has the most users. International expansion into India and Brazil has moved Great Britain from number 2 to number 4.

How much bigger can LinkedIn get? They have their sights set on “every one of the 3.3 billion people in the global workforce”.

Read the entire announcement and view the infographic here.

Industry News

The Sourcing and Recruiting Friday Roundup

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It's Friday

Are you wrapping up your week and wondering what you missed? Below is a summary of what happened in the recruiting and sourcing world this week, as reported by SourceCon, ERE.net, and The Fordyce Letter.

From ERE.net

The Sourcing Function

Sourcing: Art or Science?

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Editor’s note: There are new readers discovering SourceCon all of the time. With that in mind, we run popular posts from past years on occasion to highlight some of our older (but still great!) content.

I  wrote an article awhile back titled, “Anyone Can Learn the ‘Art’ of Sourcing.” Although the main point I wanted to make was that sourcing isn’t all that mysterious or difficult, and that it can be taught and learned with a strong interest to do so and access to proper training and guidance, the post drew some comments and sparked a mini-debate on Twitter over whether or not sourcing and recruiting are more heavily based upon “science” or “art.” I’ve also found that a good number of people seem to think that the “art” of recruiting can’t be taught.

As expected, opinions will vary widely. However, I believe it is critical when examining this controversy that ”science” and “art” be defined. I’ve found that many people struggle to explain exactly what they mean when they say “sourcing is 60% art.” Without a common understanding of the terms involved, there is a danger of misinterpretation down to the semantic level, which can seriously hinder any productive discussion.

Tips & Tricks

Gamification and its Place in Recruiting


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In 2011, Gartner® released a report predicting that by 2015, 50% of organizations would seek to gamify marketing processes. This same report also predicted that by 2014, 70% of Global 2000 companies would have at least one gamified application (Gartner, 2011).

Today, almost all companies leverage some sort of gamification technology on their website whether visitors notice or not. Gamification includes trivia contests, scavenger hunts, profile ratings and reward systems for participation used to engage a target audience for a specific purpose. A major pioneer for gamification was eBay®, with their highly interactive rating and comment system which has allowed both buyers to rate sellers and sellers to rate buyers.

Technology & Resources

Who Are the Most Helpful Sourcers on the Interwebs?


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SourceCon.QA launched earlier this year at the spring SourceCon conference in Atlanta. Since then, over 100 questions have received more than 400 answers from the sourcing community. The beauty of the SourceCon.QA site is that the community votes on the best questions and answers. So, according to the community, who are the most helpful sourcers on the site? Below is a list of the top 10. 

Technology & Resources

About.me Launches New People Search Features

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About.me, the popular web hosting service that allows users to link multiple online identities into one visually appealing online profile, has announced new a new search interface. The new interface is simple and requires no advanced knowledge of Boolean search.

Users simply type an interest, place, organization, or name into the search box and press enter. Variables can then be added or subtracted from each search until the users have the desired  set of results.

Technology & Resources

How to Protect Yourself From the Heartbleed Bug

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SourceCon readers tend to be early adopters of technology. Because of this, most of us have logged into numerous social networks and recruiting technology startups over the years in the hunt for the perfect candidate to fill our requisitions. Right now, as time-consuming as this may sound, it’s important for all of us to make sure we change our passwords in light of the Heartbleed Bug. The SourceCon and ERE servers have not been affected directly by the bug, but other sites you use probably have been.

What is the Heartbleed Bug?

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Sourcing and Recruiting in Asia? Try These Resources


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Do you recruit and source in Asia? If so, you’re in luck. The Social Talent team has created a video which explains the top resources to help you find the right candidates in Asia.

The video covers the most popular sites currently being used in Asia, including: Tencent, Renren (a Chinese copy of Facebook), Weibo (the Asian equivalent of Twitter) and WeChat (Asia’s most popular instant messaging site).


Are You Prepared to Win the War for Talent?

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Every few years or so, it happens. Someone declares a “War for Talent”, battle lines are drawn, and then candidate poaching begins. While some of this is a little sensationalist, it’s also very true. Any company who wants to attract the best & brightest, and also the best personality & culture fit, must set themselves apart. Since there are many companies all vying for the same types of candidates, the landscape can get cluttered.

Tips & Tricks

How to Scrape Public LinkedIn Groups Into an RSS Feed (For Free)

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LinkedIn is inching toward 2 million user groups. Passionate people create these communities to engage people with common interests. Nearly half are “open groups” instead of “members only” groups which allows discussions to be indexed by search engines. We all know that users can only join up to 50 groups. If only we could track more groups to gain insight about active users, group owners, and influential participants. Here is a way to do that!