Feeling like you're dependent on LinkedIn for recruiting? These are your alternative approaches and platforms to find and reach talent.
Many recruiters rely on LinkedIn to hit their recruitment targets.
But LinkedIn is not the only platform to source talent on.
Many platforms are overlooked as sourcing platforms. They might not be necessarily designed for recruitment, but you can find talent if you know how to search them.
And the best part is that most of these alternative platforms provide information on professional activity of the candidates that is richer than the information on LinkedIn.
These alternative sources can be X-rayed, but there are also talent search engines which help you find LinkedIn profiles, but also profiles from these alternative sources.
Using these alternatives can not only save a lot of money like for the LinkedIn Recruiter seat equal to $880 per month, it can also provide you access to profiles that other recruiters are not finding.
These are your best alternatives to recruiting talent on LinkedIn:
And these are the best alternative platforms to recruiting talent on LinkedIn:
There are two main alternatives to paying for a LinkedIn Recruiter (Lite) account.
X-ray search and talent search engines offer the ability to find LinkedIn and other profiles.
X-raying or x-ray searching is finding (LinkedIn) profiles in a generic search engine like Google. You can instruct Google to search for LinkedIn results and for profiles only.
Here's an example of a simple x-ray search string:
site:linkedin.com/in "software developer"
This will instruct Google to search for results from the LinkedIn website only (site:linkedin.com), for profiles only and not for example blogs (/in) and for profiles with keywords mentioned ("software developer").
Here's a complete guide on how to use X-ray:
A talent search engine automates the finding of profiles and typically also searches for profiles from not only LinkedIn, but also other platforms like GitHub, Stack Overflow and Medium.
Most talent search engines also find contact details like email addresses and enable quick and personalized outreach to candidates with automations that even LinkedIn doesn't have.
That means you can find more profiles, recruit faster and have to spend less time doing so.
Here's a popular talent search engine that finds profiles from several platforms and finds contact details:
HeroHunt.ai talent search and engagement engine
As mentioned there are many other platforms where candidate profiles can be found. These platforms are not specifically designed to recruit on, but when you know how to use them (responsibly) for recruiting purposes you can get significantly higher conversion rates than sourcing on LinkedIn only.
GitHub is the platform with the most active engineering users, beating LinkedIn and any other platform. A goldmine of rich and up to date candidate information.
How to recruit talent on GitHub
With 14 million developers and rich technology skills information based on Q&A's, Stack Overflow is a must for sourcing tech talent.
The Redditors community is one of the biggest online communities today with 330 million users. Redditors engage in comical, but also professional discussions. When understood, it provides a good opportunity for sourcing talent.
How to recruit talent on Reddit
Angellist provides the startup and scaleup talent that doesn't only have the right skillset, but also the right mindset for a work environment with rapid change.
How to source talent on AngelList
The assumption is that LinkedIn is used globally as the primary professional network. Not true for Germany. Xing is the leading professional network site here and it is gaining more users in other countries as well.
With 5 million data scientists and machine learning experts, Kaggle is the go to source for finding data talent.
How to source talent on Kaggle
Medium is one of the leading publishing platforms where professionals showcase their thought leadership in their domain. This is the place to look for talent that wants to get their voice heard.
How to source talent on Medium
A profile aggregator is one platform that collects profiles from all the different platforms and makes them available so recruiters can find them in one place.
In most cases you can find profiles from the above mentioned platforms and in most cases contact details are also automatically retrieved for you so you can reach out fast.
With these platforms you can make the entire world your potential talent pool.
The best platforms outside LinkedIn for finding exceptional tech talent.