The Joy Of Stripping & Peeling

Thankfully, this isn’t a blog about what I get up to at the weekend.

The recent ‘changes’ and ‘enforcement’ relating to LinkedIn and their terms of service (Katrina Collier has a great video if you are bothered about the detail) has – again – made me think about how we work as sourcers. ‘Easily distracted’ is probably the most accurate way to describe the majority of my peers in the community – and that isn’t meant as an insult. Sourcers are the magpies of the recruitment world. As soon as we see something shiny, we want it.

This behaviour has made it easy for platforms and tools to convince us that without them we will be severely restricted in who we can find and engage with. Even after sharing the latest active monthly user figures – which LinkedIn didn’t feature on because it is so low – peers still made comments like ‘You forgot to include LinkedIn on that’. It is so hard-coded into our way of thinking.

This all started with LinkedIn and has continued for years with other platforms, applications and extensions – some have stayed, most have gone. But the reaction and widespread panic that kicked in following the ToS changes really surprised me. It even worried me a little bit.

If you panic at the though of not being able to use LinkedIn and Chrome extensions to do your job, then you are not working effectively as a sourcer. 

A key part of the make-up of a modern recruitment research is the ability to adapt. Find new ways of working. Experiment. Fail. Try again . Fail. Try again. Succeed!

Remember your training. Remember how great it felt when you worked around the limitations of a website for the first time.

The joy of stripping & peeling.

2 thoughts on “The Joy Of Stripping & Peeling

  1. Katrina Collier

    Thanks for the shout out! I agree, in the main, but also think LinkedIn should focus on improving their inactive user base or their own extensions before they start penalising their paying active members. 🙂

    1. billymcdiarmid Post author

      That’s fair – and it also the LinkedIn communities responsibility to do that too! I would also encourage any platform to work with other providers to enhance what they offer to customers. If they do, people are less likely to try and find shortcuts.

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