• Keith D. Halperin

    Very interesting and informative.

  • martinsnyder

    Excellent info. As usual, the death of third-party recruiting is greatly exaggerated, and yes, LinkedIn’s raison d’tre is recruiting….

  • http://www.EngineeringReferral.com Douglas Friedman

    John, thanks for the good info. You folks at ERE do a great job of getting this kind of data out to the talent acquisition community and shaping the debate around best practices in corporate recruiting. I think it’s interesting that LinkedIn was categorized as a job board this year. I don’t disagree with that but I wouldn’t disagree with putting it in the social media category either. Source of hire data is really useful for helping to identify trends both in specific organizations and broadly across the corporate world. But as vendors look to leverage their competitive advantages by expanding their functionality and attacking new markets, the clean categories break down and deciding where to put certain solutions becomes more of a judgement call. Innovation and new approaches only adds to this. My company could fit into a couple different categories as a candidate source depending on how one looked at what we do and we work with several other quickly growing candidate providers that could be labeled different ways. It’s a fun time to be involved in recruiting.

    Doug Friedman
    EngineeringReferral.com
    LinkedIn Profile

  • http://nl.linkedin.com/in/renebolier/ René Bolier

    Gerry, are the percentages of Indeed and Simply Hired only paid traffic or also organic traffic? And corporate website, does that mean direct traffic? Or also traffic from search engines like Google, Indeed, Simply Hired etc.?

  • http://www.EngineeringReferral.com Douglas Friedman

    Gerry, thanks for clarifying that for me. I’m assuming that when a hire is initially sourced from any non-recruiting specific information provider (IEEE Xplore, patent searches, Data.com Connect (Jigsaw), Google scholar, LexisNexis, Microsoft Academic Search, etc.) that it usually ends up in “Direct Sourcing” (and maybe sometimes “All Other” depending on how survey participants qualify it). Maybe another reason that direct sourcing number is spiking is because of improvements and additions to these kinds of alternative info providers, particularly more and more free options? Anyway, thanks for great information and thanks for the interview with John Zappe. It’s great that you are so willing to point to potential problems with your data. I think 500,000 hires is a very impressive number and gives your stats a lot more legitimacy than 99% of what I read elsewhere.

    Doug Friedman
    EngineeringReferral.com
    LinkedIn Profile

  • http://nl.linkedin.com/in/renebolier/ René Bolier

    Thanks Gerry. Great answer that really aligns with my experience in the market.