How to make sense of the LinkedIn Skills Endorsements?
LinkedIn Skills Endorsements is not the first time the Skills have been implemented as a part of a personal LinkedIn Profile. Some iterations had a self-scoring of out to 5 or 10 skills. Then just a pure 50 word skills. The current way the skills are implemented is by far the best I the whole history of LinkedIn! Why?
What you say about yourself in your LinkedIn profile if more often than not a TRUE reflection of you. Your LinkedIn profile as your CV or a Resume is a reflection of the portion of you that you want to show to the hiring manager of your next dream job. If that is not the case, we need to talk about it!
What your LinkedIn connections tell about you, by clicking on your Skills listed tells a whole different picture about you. In most cases the far more accurate one than the rest of your LinkedIn Profile.
How to use LinkedIn Skills Endorsements for Recruitment?
The challenge is to assess what endorsements are really valid ones, and what ones are the result of the gamification LinkedIn have created in this Skills environment. What it means is that all the skills endorsements are not the same (value).
Here is How to analyse the value of the LinkedIn Endorsement
It is quite similar to the Google PageRank algorithm actually. The more people have endorsed my skill “X”, the more valuable is my endorsement given to someone else for the same skill. Why? The more endorsements I got for a certain skill, the more likely is that I actually know about it. The more I know about the skill the more valid my endorsement for the same skill is.
Resumark brought in a nice new business model in the online recruitment industry. The concept is essentially borrowed from the Google AdWords – Google AdSense model. While Google pays the web site owners to show the Google AdSense on their sites and charges the Google AdWords clients to pay per click for those same adverts Resumark does the same with the CVs. Job hunters upload their CVs and get paid each time someone downloads the CV. Anyone can search the CV database for free, and gets a preview of the CV for free only. If you decide you would like the contact details as well – you pay to Resumark. Resumark in return pays the cut to the owner of the CV.
Just in case you did not get it, here is how Resumark explains their online recruitment and CV database business model:
Get Paid to Post Your Resume!
Post Resume or create it online using our free Resume Assistant. Make $1 every time an employer downloads your resume!
Search Jobs that match your profile and join the fastest growing Job 2.0 Network!
In today’s economy even job search monsters are not enough. Invite friends and earn money together when their resumes are downloaded.
And for the recruiters and employers:
Free Resume Search & Job Postings
Search Resumes for Free using Google™ search technology. We give you full access to the entire resume database.
Pay only for the resumes that you choose to download. Compare to other services.
Post Jobs for Free and have them automatically distributed to major jobs sites and networks reaching millions of job seekers
Regardless if the business will work or not, Resumark is a step from the usual recruitment jobs sites. Time will tell if it was a step in the right direction. But what needs to be applauded here is the courage and the innovation in the online recruitment industry.