Candidate prospecting or talent acquisition is increasingly focusing on Growth Hiring. The aim of this article is to give you an edge over your competitors. Growth Hiring involves automatically contacting pre-selected candidates. However, one of the aspects missing from most strategies of this type is quality reporting. In order to maintain a high quality pool, you’ll need an ATS or, more simply, a tool that will store all the information your recruiters can collect. One of the most important pieces of information is the CV. It’s packed with important data that you can use either to personalize your approach or to make a note of them before you contact them.
On LinkedIn, a user’s profile is divided into several sections or tabs, providing a detailed presentation of his or her career path, skills and network.
Here’s a list of typical tabs and sections you might find on a LinkedIn profile, with explanations for each:
- Profile Header: This is the section that appears at the top of the profile and includes the profile photo, professional title, location and sector of activity. It’s a kind of virtual business card.
- Summary: Just below the header, the summary offers a space where the user can present themselves in a more personal and professional way, highlighting their goals, passions and key skills.
- Experience: This section is the equivalent of a traditional CV, where the user lists past and current professional experience, with job descriptions, achievements and responsibilities.
- Training: Here, users can list their diplomas, training courses and certifications, indicating the institutions attended and qualifications obtained.
- Skills & Recommendations: Skills can be added to show the user’s areas of expertise. Recommendations are testimonials written by other LinkedIn users that validate skills and professional experience.
- Licenses and Certifications: This section highlights professional certifications, licenses and accreditations specific to a field of activity.
- Achievements: This sub-section covers publications, patents, courses, projects, awards, skills tests and languages spoken.
- Activity: This tab shows the user’s recent interactions on LinkedIn, including published articles, posts, comments and likes.
- Published articles: Here you’ll find feature articles written by the user. These articles may be in-depth analyses, opinions or experience sharing that reflect his or her expertise and professional interests.
- Posts: This section groups together the user’s shorter publications, which can include professional updates, sharing of relevant information, images, videos or infographics.
- Comments: In this section, you can see the comments the user has left on the posts of other LinkedIn members. This can give insight into his interactions, his engagement in discussions and his network.
- Likes: This shows publications that the user has “liked”. Likes can indicate topics of interest and people or content they support.
- Interests: This section displays the groups, companies, schools and influences the user follows.
- Contact Information: This contains the user’s business contact details, such as e-mail address, telephone number, links to other websites or social networks.
- Network: Although not strictly speaking a tab, this part of the profile gives access to a list of the user’s connections, enabling you to see your professional network.
- Portfolio: For creative professionals, this section can include a portfolio of work or projects.
Each section can be customized and enriched with specific details to best reflect the user’s background and skills. It’s important to note that LinkedIn regularly updates features and the user interface, so some tabs or sections may evolve over time.
Now that we’ve compiled a list of what a Linkedin profile can bring us in terms of data, we need to find an effective way of centralizing this information. There’s nothing like a Linkedin CV.
How do you turn a Linkedin profile into a usable CV?
To feed your ATS and help your recruiters make the right decisions, there’s a little-known feature: downloading your Linkedin profile.
Nothing could be simpler:
Go to the Linkedin profile that interests you
Click on “More
Finally “Save as” PDF
And the best part is that it works no matter how close you are to the person.
For example, we use this to retrieve Marc Le Bras’ Linkedin CV in PDF format.
This technique applies to all Linkedin profiles. In reality, Linkedin creates a CV by concentrating all the information present on the Linkedin profile. So it’s a good way to help your recruiters make decisions and provide your ATS with more information. The main benefit here is to save your recruiters time by centralizing candidate data.
If the CV format doesn’t suit you, you can extract this information in CSV format, so that the data is in a format closer to the Database. To achieve this, you’ll need a bit of scrapping knowledge and a profile visit.
Downloading a CV from a Linkedin profile is therefore both possible and easy. This feature allows you to centralize your candidate data. This data centralization stage is key to an effective Growth Hiring strategy. For the few companies that do use this strategy, the vast majority don’t take the time to create a genuine ATS that will result in a candidate pool. They’re on the wrong track, they’ll be able to recruit quickly thanks to the candidate prospecting technique BUT it’s a short-term vision. In fact, with over 2 years’ experience in this Growth Hiring strategy, I’ve seen the importance of a well-fed and nurtured candidate pool. Without CVs, without candidate data, it’s impossible to maintain a pool worthy of the name.