New Survey: Jobseekers with Recommendations on LinkedIn Get Hired Faster

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Data from recently hired workers show that those with five or more LinkedIn recommendations find new jobs 10 percent faster than those with none, according to RiseSmart analysis.

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RiseSmart CEO Sanjay Sathe says the effective use of social networks like LinkedIn makes a real difference in how quickly transitioning workers find new jobs.

Today, the effective use of social networks like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter can make a meaningful difference in how quickly you are able to find a job.

Getting former supervisors, colleagues and other professional contacts to post recommendations on your LinkedIn® profile can put you on a faster track to finding a new job, according to a new survey conducted by RiseSmart®, a leading provider of next-generation outplacement and recruitment solutions.

The survey of more than a hundred workers, conducted with participants in the RiseSmart Transition Concierge® outplacement program who had found jobs during the fourth quarter of 2010, showed that jobseekers with at least five LinkedIn recommendations were placed in a new position in just over 4 months on average – 10 percent faster than those with no recommendations.

The survey showed that 59 percent of workers had one or more LinkedIn recommendation, compared to 41 percent with none.

“The survey results underscore what we tell program participants every day: social networking can no longer be dismissed as a waste of time or overhyped phenomenon,” said Sanjay Sathe, founder and CEO of RiseSmart. “Today, the effective use of social networks like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter can make a meaningful difference in how quickly you are able to find a job.”

Sathe cautioned, however, that rather than rushing to collect LinkedIn recommendations, jobseekers should focus on quality over quantity.

“While there is clearly an advantage in having recommendations on your LinkedIn profile, there is no clear benefit to having dozens of them, rather than a few high-quality references from former supervisors and close colleagues.

“Recruiters generally look at the detail and relevance of the recommendation -- as well as reviewing the LinkedIn profiles of your references. If you have too many recommendations on your profile, the truly important ones can get lost in the shuffle,” Sathe said.

About Transition Concierge
Transition Concierge, RiseSmart's flagship outplacement solution, creatively leverages technology to optimize time-to-placement for laid-off workers. Powered by proprietary job-matching software, the solution delivers highly personalized job leads as well as other job search tools to eligible employees. Laid-off workers have access to one-on-one assistance from trained Transition Specialists during every step of the job-finding process.

About RiseSmart
RiseSmart provides next-generation outplacement and recruitment solutions. The company leverages a common technology platform, proven methodologies, and one-on-one support to help employers with their workforce strategy, and displaced employees with their career strategy. RiseSmart drives significant ROI to organizations by offering affordable pricing, reducing severance costs and unemployment taxes for outplacement services and reducing cycle time and cost of hire for recruiting services. For more information, visit

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