11 thoughts on “LinkedIn, the development of an online community through networking and aids in the recruitment sector

  1. Hello

    Thank you for a great read!
    LinkedIn is indeed a great resource for recruiters and job seekers, it makes it convenient for both parties. It facilitates to filter candidates easily in the job market. Recruiters choose the best fit for the role making it convenient for them to short list candidates who would qualify for the role. This platform is not only for job seekers and recruiters , it also facilitates establishing connections by indicating people you would know which in turn can be quite beneficial in business, to expand their connection and network like you mentioned.

    Thank you

  2. Hi Ryshaune,
    I hope you are doing well!
    Your writing style amazes me. You have been very clear with your points about the benefits of LinkedIn in the recruitment sector. I remember as I had to search for an internship earlier, I had to make sure that my LinkedIn profile stays up to date so that I could hear back from recruiters.
    There are certain things such as building connection is very crucial to survive on this platform. However, in my opinion, there are many individuals who do not stay up to date and apply for jobs randomly since they are used to not hearing back from and put the blame on recruiters. What they do not realise is connection and staying up to date is key on Linkedin. These things make the recruitment process a lot harder for recruiters since they search for the best match. Someone can still be a good candidate but if their presence on such professional platforms is not well represented, then they have a lower chance of getting hired. Especially professionals are very aware of who they accept to build a connection on this platform.

    Overall good paper! Keep up the good work!

    1. Hi Noodhish.

      I am on board with your opinion. But I also think that sometimes many people do not get back an answer because of certain factors. One of them being companies not really bothered to answer every single one of the rejected candidates. Not to say that this is commendable but it is understandable if one is applying for a big company. Another factor as to why I think some don’t get back to their candidates is because sometimes, candidates, to put it bluntly, can be overestimating their skills especially fresh graduates in recent times. So there could be a discrepancy during the interview session, but we will never know unless we were there personally to experience the whole process.

  3. Hi Ryshaune, I found your paper quite interesting. I remember when LinkedIn first started and many people were unsure quite what to do with it. It had a really annoying feature that invited everyone in your digital contacts to create a profile and join – I think this had the effect of turning a lot of people off the platform.
    It’s interesting to see how the platform has evolved over the years, to organically create a community that facilitates work recruitment. Because people on the platform are putting forward a different side of their personality – their professional persona – this creates a niche market and community of people who are there for the same reasons; to connect on a professional level.
    I agree with your conclusion that LinkedIn is a successful online platform for businesses. In the past, you would have to attend numerous networking breakfasts, lunches and events in order to try make business connections. There was no guarantee that you would find the right person at the event that you were looking for. Many conversations lead no where and you end up feeling that you have wasted precious time, that could have been better used elsewhere. I would argue that in this particular case, technology has proven superior when looking for that initial business connection. With LinkedIn you can cut to the chase without the need for small talk, by searching for the right person online and establishing a connection. I don’t believe this will completely eradicate the need for face-to-face human contact in the future, however it has expediated the initial process.

    1. Hi Michelle!

      I agree with you. It is amazing to see how an application that many was so confused with years ago, transits to being one of the most important application in recent years when it comes to job-seeking or employment.

  4. Hi Ryshaune,

    Good to see your paper in the conference, make sure that you engage with the people commenting and asking you questions here.

    I thought I’d let a comment here as well and ask you a small question to move the conversation forward. What would you say is the crucial differentiating factor in LinkedIn as a platform that facilitates the forming of communities?

    1. Hi Dr. Chris!

      I would personally say that the crucial factor between LinkedIn and other platforms of communication is that LinkedIn is a more formal platform of communication, as most of the networking happening tends to be amongst people of high status or are well known in the business industry that they specialize in. Whilst others are loose on their “unsaid” rules of communicating, LinkedIn is definitely a platform that is more formal and requires people to be at their best while communicating with one another.

  5. Hi Ryshaune,

    Great job on your conference paper. I really enjoy reading through it. I found it easy to comprehend and well structured. This makes me want to go on LinkedIn and edit my profile. With the online community developed, it came to my mind that some people are seeking a job and facing a hard time finding their community, ex-convict for example. Do you think there will be an online community that supports people who have been to prison and find it hard to get a job with a criminal record?

    Anyway, thank you for sharing your conference paper. It’s fascinating how online community are form when you are seeking on your career path. If you have time, you can visit my conference paper. I hope it found your interest.

    Best Regards
    Christopher Benson

    1. Hi Christopher,

      That’s a really interesting topic. To be honest, there are online communities that support ex-convicts and their road back into society and some are even offering jobs to ex-convicts. However, such communities are very rare and they usually do not get much attention for what they are doing due to the fact that most people are still unable to accept employees that have a “history” in their workplace due to personal prejudice.

      Hope that helps!

  6. Hi Ryshaune!

    A well researched and written paper that argued its point very concisely!

    As a recent job seeker, 80% of my job searches were performed online, even when I engaged through a recruitment company. Additionally, I now ensure my LinkedIn is curated to a professional standard and that I network on the platform regularly. Your utilisation of the term ‘Web 2.0 ‘ is affective. As people are inclined to think of the internet as a single continuous platform. In using this term you were able to clearly depict how as online capabilities expand so too does workplace recruitment, and with that how we engage with social networking sites.

    My question is, with an event like COVID-19 showing the utility and capabilities of working from home. Do you think that one day the entire process of employment, from job search – recruitment – work will be facilitated entirely online, on a large scale?



    1. Hi Daniel!

      Interesting question indeed!

      Personally, I think most of the process may end up online. However, I also think that many employers are still and will be relying on physical interviews for most of the parts of the job recruiting process to get a better picture of what kind of a person they are going to recruit since physical traits can’t be seen from the Internet but you can from a physical interview.

      I hope that answers your questions!

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